DO YOU OWN THESE DANGEROUS PRODUCTS?  RECALLS ON LOG-SPLITTERS,HOME HEATING VENT PIPES, AND TOY BOXES ANNOUNCED

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April 1, 2009 (Washington D.C.) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced recalls on the following items:

1. Brave Products Reannounces Recall of Log Splitters; Additional Incidents Prompt Urgent Warning of Amputation Hazard

2. May 1, 2009 Deadline Approaching for Remedy Change in Recall Program; Consumers Urged to Replace Dangerous Home Heating Vent Pipes

3. Lakeshore Learning Materials Recalls Children's Toy Boxes Due to Choking Hazard

Please scroll down to read press releases with details on each of these three items, as well as how you can report a dangerous product to the CPSC and/or subscribe to receive all recall notices. 

1. NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2009

Release #09-174

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 350-8739

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Brave Products Reannounces Recall of Log Splitters; Additional Incidents Prompt Urgent Warning of Amputation 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: Log Splitters

Units: About 8,000 units were recalled in July 2007; 4,000 additional units were recalled in February 2005

Manufacturer: Brave Products Inc., of Streator, Ill.

Hazard: The log splitter's hydraulic cylinders can have defective rod retention, causing the seals to leak and the rods to detach. This can result in serious injury to the operator, as the rod can rapidly and unexpectedly extend the splitting wedge.

Incidents/Injuries: Brave Products originally received 59 reports of leaking cylinders and/or rod retention failure. One consumer reported a hand amputation that could have been caused by this cylinder defect. There have been 26 additional reports of failure, including units previously thought to be unaffected by the earlier recalls. No new injuries have been reported.

Description: The log splitters are made of steel and painted orange and black, or blue and black. They have trailer hitches and rubber tires. Each log splitter has a decal on the side that reads "Brave Products, Inc." or "Iron & Oak" and "__ ton" (either 15, 22, 26, or 34). The following Brave Products or Iron & Oak models are included in the recall:

BRAVE LOG SPLITTER MODELS SERIAL NUMBER

34 ton-Model VH0234 & VH0634: S008277 through S030562

26 ton-Model VH9926 & VH0626: S006836 through S030558

22 ton-Model VH9922 & VH0622: S006691 through S030701

22 ton-Model SSR0622: S020721 through S029688

15 ton-Model HB0115: S013853 through S017534

IRON & OAK LOG SPLITTER MODELS SERIAL NUMBER

34 ton - Model BHVH3402 & BHVH3405: S008724 through S030442

26 ton - Model BHVH2699, BHVH2602 & Duro-Glide: S006847 through S030538

22 ton - Model BHVH2299, BHVH2202 & Duro-Glide: S006735 through S030547

22 ton - Model BHVH2299/BHVH2202FC & Duro-Glide: S013853 through S030537 30 ton - Model BHH3003: S008457 through S030439 30 ton - Model BHH2003: S006746 through S030491

15 ton - Model HBHH0115: S013853 through S017534 Tractor Mount - Model TMVH95/HYD, TMVH02/PTO, & TMVH03/HYD: S006645 through S029584

The serial number is located on the hydraulic tank.

Sold at: Ace, True Value, and Do It Best Hardware stores and independent power equipment dealers nationwide from January 2002 through April 2007 for between $900 and $2,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers, including those who contacted the firm after the previously announced recalls, should immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact the firm to receive a free replacement cylinder.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Brave Products at (800) 350-8739 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or write to: Brave Products Inc., P.O. Box 577, Streator, IL 61364-0577. Consumers also can visit the company's Web sites at www.logsplitters-ironoak.com (PDF), or www.braveproducts.com (PDF)

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:

www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09174.html

 

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2. NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2009

Release #09-175

Manufacturers' Recall Hotline: (800) 758-3688 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

**Media & Consumer Alert**

May 1, 2009 Deadline Approaching for Remedy Change in Recall Program; Consumers Urged to Replace Dangerous Home Heating Vent Pipes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and various home heating furnace, boiler, and high-temperature plastic vent pipe (HTPV) manufacturers are urging home owners who have not yet responded to the previously-announced 1998 recall, to do so immediately. After May 1, 2009, the remedy consumers receive will change.

The recall originally included about 250,000 Plexvent and Ultravent HTPV pipe systems attached to gas or propane mid-efficiency furnaces and boilers in homes. The HTPV pipes can crack or separate at the joints and leak deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. After checking the vent pipes, consumers should call (800) 758-3688 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to sign up for HTPV pipe system replacement.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a link to the previous press release, please go to:

www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09175.html

 

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3. NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2009

Release #09-176

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 421-5354

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Lakeshore Learning Materials Recalls Children's Toy Boxes 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.

Product: What's Inside? Soft Toy Boxes

Units: About 3,600

Manufacturer: Lakeshore Learning Materials, of Carson, Calif.

Hazard: The head of the stuffed butterfly toy can detach from the body, posing a choking hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: Lakeshore has received three reports of the head of the butterfly detaching from the body. No injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled product is a soft, multi-colored box with a different color on each side. "What's Inside?" is embroidered on the front of the box and symbols of a lion, flower and purple butterfly are stitched on another side. Each feely box contains ten small stuffed pieces. The piece affected by this recall is the pink and purple butterfly.

Sold by: Lakeshore Learning Materials stores nationwide and Toys To Grow On(tm) catalogs from September 2008 through February 2009 for about $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled product away from children and contact Lakeshore to receive a free replacement butterfly.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Lakeshore Learning Materials at (800) 428-4414 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.lakeshorelearning.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:

www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09176.html

 

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To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site athttps://www.saferproducts.gov/CPSRMSPublic/Incidents/ReportIncident.aspx . To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

Toll-free hotline: (800) 638-2772