Dog Leashes, Toys Among Recalls

By: AP
By: AP

The following recalls have been announced:
About 400 Deda Forza bicycle handlebar stems, manufactured in Taiwan and Italy by Deda Elementi S.r.l., because the top of the handlebar stem can crack, which could cause the rider to lose control. The company has received four reports of incidents, but no reports of injuries. The stems were sold by bicycle retailers around the country between January and June 2008. They were sold attached to bicycles and separately. Details: by phone at 866-514-5522;by Web at or

About 330,000 Circo rosette bobbie socks, manufactured in Hong Kong and imported by Target Corp., because the ribbon on the socks can come off and pose a choking risk for young children. The company has received four reports of detached ribbons, but no reports of injuries. The socks were sold at Target stores around the country between January 2007 and July 2008. Details: by phone at 800-440-0680; by Web at or

About 42,000 MasterForce 3.6-volt cordless screwdrivers, manufactured in China and imported by Menards, because the battery can overheat and catch fire while charging. The company and Consumer Product Safety Commission have received three reports of fires, including one incident of burns to the hand and another of temporary hearing loss. The screwdrivers were sold at Menards stores between April 2007 and May 2008. Details: by phone at 866-458-2472; by Web at or

About 24,000 Wolf Appliance gas ranges, manufactured in the United States by Wolf Appliance Inc., because delayed gas ignition in the 18-inch oven can cause a flash of flames to come out when the range door is opened. The company has received 97 reports of delayed ignition, including 15 reports of minor burns. The ranges were sold at home building and appliance stores around the country between January 1998 and June 2008. Details: by phone at 866-643-6408; by Web at or

About 223,000 SlyDog retractable dog leashes, made in China and imported by Worldwise Inc., because the metal clasp connecting the leash to a dog's collar can bend or break while in use, causing the leash to recoil unexpectedly. This poses a risk of injury to consumers. The company has received five reports of injuries, including facial cuts, a broken tooth, displaced eye lens and a bruised collar bone. The product was sold at Dollar General Stores nationwide from September 2007 through last month. Details: by phone at 888-296-3807; by Web at or

About 250 Action Baby Carriers, made in the U.S. by Optave Inc., because the carrier's chest strap can detach from the shoulder straps, posing a fall hazard to the baby. The company has received two reports of the chest strap detaching from the shoulder straps on the baby carrier. No injuries have been reported. The carriers were sold in various colors and patterns at specialty retail stores nationwide and Internet sites from May through June this year. Details: by phone at 800-638-2772; by Web at

About 57,000 Fairy Dust pendants and candle charms, made in Hong Kong and imported by Benjamin International, because the recalled products contain high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by children. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The products were sold at gift shops nationwide from February 2004 through February this year. Details: by phone at 888-249-7639; by Web at or

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  • by gail Location: hudson on Sep 6, 2008 at 08:03 PM
    Other countries is where are company owners wanted to be.They give the people ther much less wages.ect.So we get what we pay for right.I think we need to make things here in the USA and put people back to work here.If I knew the company I was working for could pay me alot more,like they did the americans they left behind,I may not care how good of a job I did either.However No one should have to deal with so many recalls.It seems to be an old story and it may not matter much longer.More will not be able to afford to buy new for much longer.I guess we need to be able to sue for high amounts for the least little things of any recalled item.Something has to stop this.Alot will end some day when not enough can buy.
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