223,000 Strollers Recalled Due to Strangulation Risk

recalled strollerPeg Perego USA Inc. has recalled two older model strollers due to risk of child entrapment and strangulation. When not harnessed into the stroller, a child might slip out of the seat and get their head caught between the seat and the stroller tray. According to one report received by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a 6-month old baby boy from California died after being trapped by the tray and strangled. In another incident, a 7-month old girl nearly died when her head became trapped between the seat and tray.

The CPSC, together with Peg Perego USA Inc., of Indiana, announced the voluntary recall on July 24, 2012. The Venezia and Pliko-P3 models were manufactured between January of 2004 and September of 2007, prior to the 2008 voluntary industry standard requiring all strollers to have openings large enough to prevent this type of accident. The CPSC and Peg Perego urge consumers to stop using these strollers immediately. Anyone who has purchased this product should contact Peg Perego, not the retailer, to request a free repair kit. To reach the company call 888-734-6020, or visit their website at www.PegPeregoUSA.com.

The CPSC warns consumers that the recalled strollers may still be available at thrift stores and yard sales. Consumers should not sell or purchase the stroller unless the repair kit is installed.

For more information about the Peg Perego stroller recall and a complete list of model numbers visit the CPSC website. To learn more about stroller safety read the CPSC safety alert.

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At-Home Carbonation System Recalled

iSi Twist 'N SparkleThe iSi Twist ‘N Sparkle at-home carbonation system has recently been recalled after causing injuries to several consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and iSi of North American, Inc., announced the voluntary recall on July 5, 2012.

The Twist ‘N Sparkle comes with two reusable plastic bottles and a carbon dioxide charger. The cusumer fills the bottles with their choice of drink, then inserts the carbon dioxide charger to create a carbonated beverage at home.

However, the BPA-free bottles that come with the iSi starter kit don’t stand up to the pressure that the carbonation creates.There have been several incidences of exploding bottles; three people have been injured by exploding carbonation systems and sustained severe cuts from the shattered plastic. There have been nine explosions reported involving the Starter Set model number 1005.

The recall includes the following Twist ‘N Sparkle Starter Set Models: 1005, 1005-12, 1005-BJ, 1005-QVC, 1006-00, and 1006-12.The product was sold at Williams-Sinoma, QVC, and other national retailers from June 2010 to March 2012. The CPSC has urged consumers to stop using the product immediately and contact iSi or the retailer for return instructions. For more information call iSi at (800) 645-3595 or go to their website www.twistnsparkle.com.

Recall of Bel Air Outdoor Wall Mount Lanterns

Bel Air outdoor wall mount lanternThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on June 19, 2012 a voluntary recall of Bel Air outdoor wall mount lanterns due to fire and safety hazards. The potential for an electrical short circuit in the internal wiring can lead to fire, burn, or electric shock. The company has received seven reports of incidents, two where the lantern caught fire. No injuries have been reported.

The lanterns are designed out of cast aluminum in a rust color and beveled glass. They were distributed from June 2006 to May 2012 and sold at Lowe’s stores and Lowe’s website under the Portfolio brand name. The item number is either 253366 or 44181. Consumers are urged to stop using the lanterns immediately and contact Bel Air for a replacement. The full text of the CPSC announcement is available on their website.

Federal Warning Against Defective Motorcycle Helmets

5x5 SA-08 helmetThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently urged motorcyclists to discontinue using the 5×5 brand, SA-08 model motorcycle helmet. The government requested a recall after the helmet failed to meet federal penetration protection requirements. During safety testing the outer shell and inner liner were penetrated in 3 out of 4 helmets.

Tank Sports, Inc. of California sold as many as 14,000 of the defective helmets. The company filed for bankruptcy and was unable to complete the recall process. As a substitute for a recall, the NHTSA issued a consumer advisory warning people who purchased the helmet of the potential safety hazard. The NHTSA “advises motorcyclists to discard these helmets immediately.” The advisory also urges motorcyclists to always wear a Department of Transportation-compiant helmet. According to the NHTSA, more than 1500 lives were saved in 2010 because the riders were wearing helmets that meet the federal head protection requirements.