February 2013 Recalls
Fisher-Price Inc. is recalling 800,000 newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleepers because mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper when it remains wet/moist or is infrequently cleaned. Affected units were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online before September 2009 for between $50 and $85. Units currently in retail stores are not affected by this recall and only products that show signs of mold after use by consumers are included in this announcement. Consumers should check for mold under the removable seat cushion and contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance.
LG Electronics Inc. is recalling 457,000 front loading washing machines because an unbalanced load can cause the washing machine to shake excessively and the drum to come loose during use, posing a risk of injury to consumers and property damage to the surrounding area. Affected units were sold at Best Buy, Home Depot, Kmart, Sears and local retailers nationwide from April 2010 to December 2012 for between $899 and $1,099. Consumers should contact LG or Sears for a free in-home repair of the machine.
Sassy Inc. is recalling 45,300 Sassy®-branded Hug N’ Tug Puppy and Monkey and Carter’s®-branded Hug N’ Tug Monkey toys because the beads inside the clear plastic sphere at the center of the toys can be released and pose a choking hazard to young children. Affected units were sold at mass merchandisers such as Toys R Us and Target, independent specialty stores nationwide and at online retailers such as Amazon.com and Carters.com between July 2012 and October 2012 for Sassy-branded models, and from August 2011 to October 2012 for the Carter’s-branded models. Carter’s-branded models were also sold in Carter’s retail stores. The Sassy-branded models sold for approximately $8 and the Carter’s-branded models for approximately $14. Consumers should contact Sassy for instructions on how to return the product for a free replacement toy.
Dunecraft Inc. is recalling 94,700 Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” and Fabulous Flowers toys because the marble-sized toys can be ingested, then expand inside the body causing a blockage in the small intestine, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and possible life-threatening conditions. Water Balz and Growing Skulls were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Five Below, Hobby Lobby, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Microcenter, Urban Outfitters Direct, Wegmans and other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, incrediblescience.com, keyporthobbies.com, americantoystores.com and other websites from September 2010 through November 2012 for about $3 per package. The H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” were sold exclusively at Universal Studios stores during June 2012 for about $3 per package. Fabulous Flowers were sold exclusively at Milaeger’s in Racine, WI from June 2012 through November 2012 for about $3 per package.
Consumers should contact Dunecraft for a free replacement toy.