Hooded Sweaters Recalled by Empress Arts; Children Can Strangle on Drawstrings
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Children's Hooded Sweaters
Units: About 130
Manufacturer: Empress Arts Ltd., of Monterey Park, Calif.
Hazard: The sweaters have drawstrings through the hood. Children can get entangled in the drawstrings that can catch on playground equipment, fences or tree branches. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstring in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. From 1985 through 2007, CPSC received reports of 27 deaths and 70 non-fatal incidents involving the entanglement of children's clothing drawstrings.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The cotton knit sweaters are cream colored with a blue stripe at the wrists and waist, a blue ball on the hood, and blue buttons. There is a drawstring through the hood with pom-poms at the ends. The sweaters were sold in children's size 2T under the brand name "Empress Arts." "Empress Baby" is sewn into the sweaters tag.
Sold at: Specialty children's stores nationwide from August 2006 through April 2008 for between $28 and $45.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweaters to eliminate the hazard.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Empress Arts collect at (323) 780-8181 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.empressarts.com

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Bonne Bell Recalls Children's Cosmetics Accessory Bags Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Bonne Bell Children's Cosmetics Accessory Bags
Units: About 945,000
Importer: Bonne Bell Co., of Lakewood, Ohio
Hazard: The metal clasps on the handle of the accessory bags contain excessive levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled accessory bags are made of plastic and have a zipper and carrying handle. The bags come with an assortment of cosmetic products, which are not part of this recall. The model name and UPC numbers are located on the hangtag. The following recalled model names and UPC numbers are involved in this recall:
SMACKERS Sweet Treats Collection UPC 0 50051 50575 7
SMACKERS Sparkle & Shine Collection UPC 0 50051 50576 4
SMACKERS Glam It Up Collection UPC 0 50051 50577 1
BONNEBELL Natural Neutrals Collection UPC 0 50051 22640 9
BONNEBELL Pretty Pinks Collection UPC 0 50051 22641 6
BONNEBELL Fresh Pinks Collection UPC 0 50051 22642 3
BONNEBELL Glamorous Neutrals Collection UPC 0 50051 22643 0
Sold at: Retail stores nationwide and Bonne Bell's Web site from September 2007 through August 2008 for about $9.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled accessory bag away from children and contact Bonne Bell for a replacement bag.
Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Bonne Bell toll-free at (866) 288-8643 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or via email at quality@bonnebell.com, or visit the company's Web site at www.thebonnebellcompany.com/recall/

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Baby Hammocks Recalled by FlagHouse Inc. Due to Fall and Strangulation Hazards
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Yayita Baby Hammocks
Units: About 100
Distributor: FlagHouse Inc., of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Hazard: The hammock can flip over, posing a serious fall hazard and strangulation hazard to infants who get entrapped in the seat's restraint straps while upside down.
Incidents/Injuries: FlagHouse has received one report of an incident in which the hammock flipped over entrapping a 7 month old boy in the restraint straps. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled baby hammock is cream-colored canvas and hangs from a wooden pole. The hammock measures about 29 x 43 inches. It has three restraint straps with red buckles and is attached to a cushioned pad for the infant. A mounting fixture, also called a fixing set, is sold with the hammock. "La Siesta" is printed on a tag located below the restraint straps. Model number YABP-1 is printed on a white tag sewn into the hammock's side seam.
Sold by: FlagHouse Inc.'s catalog, and online at www.flaghouse.com, and at BJ Wholesale Club's Web site, www.bjs.com, from September 2007 through August 2008 for about $90.
Manufactured in: Colombia
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the baby hammock and contact FlagHouse to receive a full refund, or credit toward the purchase of another product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact FlagHouse at (800) 793-7900 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.flaghouse.com

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Six Retailers Agree To Stop Sale and Recall Simplicity Bassinets Due To Strangulation Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging retailers across the country to protect the health and safety of babies by stopping sale and recalling nearly 900,000 dangerous Simplicity bassinets. Yesterday, CPSC warned parents, caregivers and consumers to immediately stop using convertible "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., due to a serious safety risk. Today, CPSC is announcing that the following retailers have voluntarily agreed to recall the product and provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. (800) 925-6278 or www.walmart.com
Toys "R" Us Inc., of Wayne, N.J. - (800) 869-7787 or www.toysrus.com or www.babiesrus.com
Kmart Corp., of Hoffman Estates, Ill. (800) 659-7026 or www.kmart.com
Big Lots!, of Columbus, Ohio (866) 244-5687 or www.biglots.com
Target of Minneapolis, Minnesota sold at www.target.com only
J.C. Penney, of Plano, Texas (888) 333-6063 or www.jcp.com
These additional retailers have subsequently agreed voluntarily to recall the product and provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased:
STORE CITY STATE
AAFES Dallas TX
Amazon.com, LLC Seattle WA
Bed Bath and Beyond/BuyBuyBaby Union NJ
Burlington Coat Factory Burlington NC
Chelsea & Scott, LTD (OneStepAhead) Lake Bluff IL
CSN Stores Boston MA
Fingerhut Direct Marketing Eden Prairie MN
Kohl's Department Stores Menomonee Falls WI
ShopKo Stores, Inc. Green Bay WI
USA Baby #147 Clovis CA
USA Baby #47 Overland Park KS
USA Baby #58 Brookfield WI

CPSC learned that on August 21, 2008, a 6 -month-old girl from Shawnee, Kan. was strangled to death when she became entrapped between the bassinet's metal bars. This is the second strangulation death CPSC has learned of in the co-sleeper bassinets. On September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.
The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric flap which is attached by velcro. The fabric is folded down when the bassinet is converted into a bed-side co-sleeping position. If the velcro is not properly re-secured when the flap is adjusted, an infant can slip through the opening and become entrapped in the metal bars and suffocate. This warning does not cover bassinets produced in recent months that have fabric permanently attached over the lower bar.
Due to the serious hazard these bassinets pose to babies, CPSC urges all consumers to share this safety warning with day care centers, consignment stores, family and friends to ensure that no child is placed to sleep in a Simplicity convertible bassinet covered by this warning.

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Wooden Infant Toys Recalled by Habermaass Corp. Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Wooden Puzzles, Infant Rattles, Pacifier Holders, and Stroller Toys
Units: About 118,000
Manufacturer: Habermaass Corp. Inc., of Skaneateles, N.Y.
Hazard: The wooden rattles, pacifier holders, and stroller toys contain small pieces including glued on mirrors and/or prisms that can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants. The head of the ladybug puzzle pieces also poses a choking hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Habermaass Corp. has received 15 reports of incidents involving the recalled puzzles, rattles, and pacifier holders including pieces of the rattles detaching and being mouthed by young children.
Description: The puzzles, rattle toys, pacifier holders, and stroller toys are wooden and are described in the chart below. "HABA" is printed on them.
Sold at: Specialty toy stores nationwide and at specialty online retailers from January 2002 through August 2008 for between $10 and $35.
Manufactured in: Germany
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled puzzles, rattles, pacifier holders and stroller toys away from children and contact Habermaass to receive a free replacement product or a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Habermaass Corp. at (800) 468-6873 ext. 107 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.HABAusa.com/safety


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Children's Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Orioxi International Due to Strangulation Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Children's Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets
Units: About 43,000
Importer: Orioxi International Corp., of Brea, Calif.
Hazard: The sweatshirts and jackets have drawstrings through the hood which pose a strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstring in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled garments were sold in children's sizes small, medium and large in the following colors: white, ivory, red, black, navy, brown, green, charcoal, blue, and pink. "BAC" is printed on the sewn-in tag on some of the garments. "Breckenridge", "Keystone", "Jackson Hole", "Vail", "Steamboat", and "Mackinac Island" is printed on the front of the garments.
Sold at: "Shirt off My Back" retail stores located in Colorado, Wyoming, and Michigan from September 2005 through May 2008 for between $20 and $30.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard. Consumer can return the garments to the place of purchase for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Outfitter Trading Company at (800) 875-4352 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.shirtoffmyback.com


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Regal Lager Recalls to Repair Phil & Teds Strollers Due to Laceration Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Phil & Teds e3 Single Buggy, e3 Twin Buggy and sport v1 Single Buggy Strollers (an additional 425 e3 Twin Buggy Strollers were recalled on May 5, 2006)
Units: About 44,000
Importer: Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Ga.
Hazard: The stroller's hinge locking mechanism poses a laceration hazard to the user folding and unfolding the strollers
Incidents/Injuries: Regal Lager has received nine reports from consumers who injured their fingers in the stroller's hinge locking mechanism.
Description: The recalled single strollers all have metal frames with three wheels, a cloth seat and canopy. The twin strollers have a metal frame with four wheels, side-by-side cloth seats and double sun canopies. The strollers were sold in a variety of colors including red, orange, green, black, charcoal and navy. The Phil & Teds logo is located on the crotch piece of the harness.
Sold at: Baby furniture and baby products stores nationwide from August 2003 through August 2008 for between $400 and $650.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the strollers immediately and contact Regal Lager to obtain a free hinge cover repair kit and instructions.
Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can Regal Lager toll-free at (877) 242-5676 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.regallager.com

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Stroller Activity Bars Recalled by International Playthings Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Taggies Strollin' Along Stroller Activity Bars
Units: About 10,000
Importer/Distributor: International Playthings Inc., of Parsippany, N.J.
Hazard: The shiny material on the elephant's ear on the activity bar can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: International Playthings has received three reports of the shiny material detaching and children putting it in his/her mouth. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the Taggies Strollin' Along stroller activity bars. The multicolored, fabric, and plastic activity bars feature a yellow giraffe, a purple hippo and a blue elephant attached to a 12" long elliptical base with straps that attach to a stroller. The Taggies and Earlyears logos are located on woven and satin labels sewn into the seam on the lower left front of the activity bar.
Sold at: Specialty toy stores nationwide and on the Internet from February 2007 through July 2008 for about $23.
Manufactured in: Hong Kong
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the activity bars and contact International Playthings for a free replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact International Playthings at (800) 445-8347 or visit the company's Web site at www.intplay.com