Recall Sampler: Target Expands Step Stool with Storage Recall

Posted August 25, 2011 in Uncategorized by Arthur Buono

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Target has upped the number of Step Stools with Storage it recalled a couple of weeks ago. Approximately 341,000 step stools are now involved. The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard. There have been more than two dozen incidents, some causing serious injury, including to children.

Here are a few more notable items from the past week’s recalls.

Fiskars Brands SmartPower String Trimmers

Fiskars Brands is recalling about 2,200 SmartPower String Trimmers. A number of defects pose burn, fire and laceration hazards to the user.

Office Depot Recalls Desk Chairs Due to Pinch Hazard

If you’re like me, you were thinking … but it’s not true. Office Depot is recalling about 34,000 Realspace PRO 3000 Series Desk Chairs. A consumer’s finger can get caught in an opening in the chair’s tilt mechanism, posing a pinch hazard to consumers.

Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles

Macy’s is recalling about 960,000 Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles. The enamel coating on the cast iron casseroles can crack or break during use. The enamel can fly off as a projectile, posing a risk of laceration or burn hazard to the user or bystanders.

Ajinomoto Vegetable Gyoza Dumplings

Ajinomoto Frozen Foods of Portland, OR is recalling 8.47 oz. trays of Ajinomoto Brand Vegetable Gyoza Dumplings. Lot code 231751 contains undeclared shrimp and fish.

Central Market Pretzel Logic Cookies

Central Market is recalling certain single and six count Pretzel Logic Cookies. The products, sold at all Texas Central Market stores, are being recalled due to undeclared pecans (a known allergen) on the ingredient label.

Paleteria La Super Flavored Ice Cream Bars

Paleteria La Super, of Yakima, Washington is voluntarily recalling their Nut, Esquimal and Pina Colada flavored ice cream bars. The ice cream bars may contain undeclared walnuts, milk, and coconut.

Christie Cookie Company DoubleTree Cookie Gift Tins

The Christie Cookie Company is recalling certain DoubleTree Gift Tins. The tins contain cookies with undeclared eggs, soy lecithin, wheat and milk.

Atlanta Oriental Food Cut Napa Kimchi

Atlanta Oriental Food Wholesale Company of Atlanta, Georgia, is recalling its 1 gallon plastic containers and 5 gallon buckets of Cut Napa Kimchi. The kimchi may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Vantage Foods Recalls Lowe’s Foods Fresh Ground Beef

Vantage Foods, a Lenoir, North Carolina establishment is recalling approximately 1,642 pounds of two-pound trays of Lowe’s Foods fresh ground beef. The beef may contain foreign material.

These are just some of the past week’s recalls. Please check Recalls.gov for a complete list of recent recalls.

Identifying Recalled Products

Identifying recalled products isn’t always easy. CPSC has prepared a video for you to watch and learn how to determine if a product you have’s been recalled.

What to Do

In general, if you have a recalled item you’ll want to contact the retailer or manufacturer. They will replace or repair the item, or issue a refund or credit. Most recalled food items should simply be thrown out.

If you’ve been injured by a consumer product, or feel you’ve been sickened by a food or drug, you should keep the item in a safe and secure place. You may need it as evidence for a products liability claim, and a government agency might want to examine it as well. In any case you should contact a good products liability lawyer if you have any questions about your legal rights.

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