NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2009
Release #09-080 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Lasko Products to Pay $500,000 Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Fans
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester, Pa., has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty. The penalty (pdf), which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, settles allegations that the company failed to immediately report incidents about its defective portable fans.
These box and floor fans were sold between 2000 and 2004. In February 2006, CPSC and Lasko announced the recall of about 5.6 million fans.
CPSC alleged that Lasko failed to report to the government in a timely manner that fans sold by the firm could overheat, smoke, or catch fire, and pose fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Between November 2002 and September 2005, Lasko received about 42 reports of fans overheating, smoking, melting, or catching fire, which resulted in nine personal injuries and property damage. Lasko did not fully report the incidents to CPSC until September 2005.
Consumers who have the recalled fans can still receive a free fan cord adaptor, designed to shut off the fan motor if overheating occurs. Contact Lasko at (800) 984-3311, or visit the firm's Web site at www.laskoproducts.com/recall/recall_fans.html
Federal law requires firms to report to CPSC immediately (within 24 hours) after obtaining information reasonably supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or violates any consumer product safety rule, or any other rule, regulation, standard, or ban enforced by CPSC.
In agreeing to settle the matter, Lasko denies that it knowingly violated the law.

NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2008
Release #09-079 Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 798-2875
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Boys Reversible Vests Recalled by Bon-Ton Stores 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: Boy's Reversible Vests
Units: About 5,000
Retailer: The Bon-Ton Department Stores Inc., of York, Pa.
Hazard: The zipper tabs on these vests fail to meet the children's torques test standards, posing a choking hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves the "Ruff Hewn" reversible vests for boys sold in toddler (style # F821235) and 4 through 7 sizes (style # F841235). The vests are brown and reverse to a camouflage print. "Ruff Hewn" is printed on the tag found in the left pocket of the brown side and on the price tag. The style number is printed on the price tag.
Sold at: Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers, and Carson Pirie Scott stores nationwide and Parisian in the Detroit area from July 2008 through November 2008 for about $30.
Manufactured in: India
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these vests away from children and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bon-Ton toll-free at (866)798-2875 anytime or visit the company's Web site at www.bonton.com




NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2008
Release #09-078 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 477-8727
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Faulty Instructions Prompt Recall of Electrical Wiring How-to-Books by The Taunton Press; Shock Hazard to Consumers
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: Wiring a House, 3rd Edition and Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish Instructional Books
Units: About 64,000
Publisher: The Taunton Press, of Newtown, Conn.
Hazard: The books contain several errors in the technical diagrams that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall involves the 3rd Edition of Wiring a House. The paperback book's cover is white and yellow and has a photograph of a man wiring a panel. ISBN #978-1-56158-942-5 is printed on the back cover. Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish is paperback and has a green, black and white cover that shows hands wiring an electrical wall receptacle.
Sold at: Home improvement stores, book stores, and various other retailers nationwide from February 2008 through November 2008 for about $25.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the books and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Taunton at (800) 477-8727 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site www.taunton.com





Recall Alert
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
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December 30, 2008
Alert #09-717
Fire Alarm Control Panels Recalled by Notifier Due to Alert Failure
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Name of Product: Notifier Fire Alarm Control Panels
Units: About 2,000
Manufacturer: Notifier, of Northford, Conn.
Hazard: The software in the fire alarm system could fail to process an alarm condition which could result in the system failing to respond in the event of a fire.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves the Notifier brand operating system firmware control panels in fire alarms. The control panel is black or red with a silver screen. The panels control display and emergency communications. "NOTIFIER" or "NOTIFIER by Honeywell" is printed on the front of the fire alarm unit. This recall includes the following model numbers: Firmware version 11.2.2 for NFS2-640 and NFS-320 control panels and firmware version 3.14.1 for and NFS-640 control panels.
Sold by: Authorized distributors to commercial end-users. The products were not sold at retail, but version 11.2.2 was available for download on www.magni-fire.com, a secure Web site accessible only to Notifier customers from May 2008 through July 2008 at no charge.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Distributors should immediately contact the company for replacement software. All known users of have been contacted.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Notifier at (800) 289-3473 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's Web site at www.notifier.com

NFS2-640


NFS-320




NFS-640


NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2008
Release #09-077 Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 535-7555
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Atomic Skis USA Recalls Ski Bindings Due to Unexpected Release, Fall 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: Alpine Ski Bindings
Units: About 125,000 (an additional 1.0 million were sold outside the U.S.)
Manufacturer: Atomic Skis GmbH, of Austria
Hazard: The heel housing of the bindings can crack, causing the binding to release unexpectedly. This can cause the skier to lose control or fall and suffer injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of injuries, including a concussion and injuries to the shoulder and knee from falls.
Description: The recall affects the heel components of the following Atomic alpine ski bindings: Race 310, Race 412, RaceRace 310, RaceRace 412, Xentrix 310, Xentrix 311, Xentrix 412, C310, C311, C412, CR 310, CR 412, R 310, R 412, SX 310, SX 412, Device 311, Device 412, Centro 310, Centro 412, and Dynamic ADX 312, RD10, X412, Centro 412. The recall includes only those bindings manufactured from 1998 through 2002 The year of manufacture can be located on the underside of the heel lever.
Sold at: Authorized Atomic USA ski dealers nationwide from 1998 through 2005 for between $150 and $350.
Manufactured in: Austria
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these ski bindings immediately and return them to any authorized Atomic Ski dealer for a free inspection and replacement of the heel component, if needed.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Atomic Ski USA toll-free at (888) 535-7555 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT Monday through Friday; e-mail consumerserviceUS@atomicsnow.com; or visit the firm's Web site at www.atomicsnow.com


NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2008
Release #09-076 Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 543-2848
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Woodstock Percussion Inc. Recalls Toy Drums Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
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: Calypso Steel Drums
Units: About 2,800
Manufacturer: Woodstock Percussion Inc., of Shokan, N.Y.
Hazard: Surface paint on the recalled toy drums contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled steel drum is made of steel and comes with two wooden drum sticks and a wooden stand. The sides of the drums are painted red. The drum pan is painted black with silver markings to show the location of notes. Each rim is stamped with a #5 or #6. Not all drums stamped with a #5 are affected by this recall.
Sold by: Mail order catalogues, Web sites and retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through December 2007 for between $50 and $100.
Manufactured in: Trinidad
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled steel drum away from children and return it to Woodstock Percussion for a replacement drum and a $5 credit or payment.
Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Woodstock Percussion toll-free at (866) 543-2848 anytime, e-mail safety@chimes.com, or visit the firm's Web site at www.woodstockpercussion.com


NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2008
Release #09-075 Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 586-9639
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Munire Recalls "Newport Rubbed Black" Cribs and Matching Furniture Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
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: Newport Rubbed Black 4-in-1 Cribs and Matching Furniture
Units: About 3,000 Cribs and 6,000 Matching Furniture Pieces
Manufacturer: Munire Furniture Inc, of Piscataway, N.J.
Hazard: The red paint which is underneath the black finish paint on some of the cribs and matching furniture exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested by young children lead can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: Munire has received one report of a child ingesting the paint. The child was diagnosed with lead poisoning.
Description: The recalled cribs and furniture are made of wood and have a rubbed black finish. Only the "Newport Rubbed Black" cribs and matching furniture manufactured in Indonesia between April 2006 and November 2008 are included in this recall. The model number, date, and country of manufacture are printed on the label attached to the side panel of the crib and the date of manufacture is on the back panel of the furniture. Models listed below are included in the recall:
Model Name
7900
7918
7915
7908
7902
7907
7905
7929
7975
7906
7914
7901 Newport Lifetime Crib
Hutch for Combo & Double Dresser
Mirror
Combo
Nightstand
Conversion Kit for Lifetime Crib
5 Drawer Dresser
Armoire
Guardrail for Lifetime Crib
Double Dresser
Bookcase
Newport OldeWorld Crib
Sold at: Specialty furniture stores nationwide from April 2006 through November 2008 for about $600 for the crib and the matching furniture pieces were sold between $700 and $1,000. Additional accessories were sold for about $170.
Manufactured in: Indonesia
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the products and contact Munire Furniture to receive a replacement coupon which will entitle consumers to exchange the products for another product free of charge.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Munire Furniture toll-free at (866) 586-9639 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.munirefurniture.com


NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
________________________________________
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2008
Release #09-074 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 876-5520
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Gardener's Supply Company Recalls Candle-Powered Carousels Due to Fire 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: Candle-Powered Carousels
Units: About 1,500
Importer: Gardener's Supply Co., of Burlington, Vt.
Hazard: The candle holder placement on the base of the carousels is too close to the structure, allowing the candle flame to come in contact and ignite different parts of the carousel, including the fans, trees and deer, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of the carousels catching on fire. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled candle carousels are made of yellow pine and stainless steel and measure about 9 inches in diameter by 13 inches high. The candle measures about 4 inches high. The candle carousels generate heat which rotate the fan blade and can cause the center platform to spin. The carousel is made of wood with cutouts of trees and deer.
Sold at: Gardener's Supply retail stores in Burlington and Williston, Vt. and Gardener's supply catalog distributed nationwide and on the internet at www.gardeners.com from September 2008 through November 2008 for about $30.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the carousel immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers also can mail the product to Gardener's Supply Returns, 5 New England Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gardener's Supply Co. at (800) 876-5520 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.gardeners.com