Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Consumer

Recalls: Kenmore dehumidifiers, Toyota RAV4, Lexus HS 250 hybrid, more

Kenmore dehumidifiers

Company: Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corp.

Quantity: 795,000.

Why? The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards.

What models? Dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit, with following model numbers: 35-pint (2004), 580.54351400; 50-pint (2003), 580.53509300; 70-pint (2003), 580.53701300; 70-pint (2004), 580.54701400; and 70-pint (2005), 580.54701500.

Where sold? Sears and Kmart stores and Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009.

What to do? Call, toll-free, 1-855-400-4641 or visit www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com.

Toyota RAV4, Lexus HS 250 hybrid

Company: Toyota Motor North America Inc.

Quantity: 778,000.

Why? If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear tire rod may develop unwanted movement and rust, leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tire rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment and possibly lead to a loss of control.

What models? 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4, 2010 Lexus HS 250 hybrid.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call, toll-free, Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

Caribbean Gold canteloupes

Company: Burch Equipment LLC.

Quantity: 188,902.

Why? The product could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

What models? The whole Caribbean Gold variety cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading Burch Farms referencing PLU 4319. Some of the cantaloupes may have been identified with a Cottle Strawberry Inc. sticker referencing PLU 4319.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call Burch at 1-910-267-5781 or email [email protected]

Dippin' Stix, Armour active snacks

Company: Reichel Foods Inc.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? They have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

What models? The 2.75-ounce single serve trays of Dippin' Stix apples & caramel with peanuts, with affected case code use-by dates of 09/01/12, 09/02/12 and 09/03/12; and the 5.6-ounce packages of Armour active packs cheese pizza with a package code of 1026090112 or case code of 27815-17996.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call Reichel toll-free at 1-866-372-2609 or visit www.reichelfoods.com.

Patio bistro sets

Company: Midas Lin Co. Ltd.

Quantity: 16,500.

Why? When the chair support bar is not fully engaged, the chair poses a fall hazard.

What models? Model S658-01, item 0355053 with Garden Treasures printed on the cover of the instruction manual sold with the patio bistro sets.

Where sold? Lowe's from August 2011-February 2012.

What to do? Call Midas Lin toll-free at 1-877-556-0886 or visit www.cobernbistroset.com.

Stage and riser caddies

Company: Midwest Folding Products.

Quantity: 5,300.

Why? The caddy's latches do not automatically close to secure the stages and risers when stored. Unsecured stages and risers can fall off the caddies and onto consumers.

What models? Midwest Folding Products' caddies are brown, gray or black metal and measure 44 inches long by 30 inches wide by 60 inches high. They hold six 96-inch long or eight 48- to 72-inch long stage or riser platforms.

Where sold? By Midwest Folding Products' dealers to churches, schools, performing arts centers and various other organizations and online at www.midwestfolding.com from January 1989-March 2012.

What to do? Call Midwest toll-free at 1-800-621-4716 or visit www.midwestfolding.com.

Children's pajamas

Company: My Clothes Inc.

Quantity: 1,100.

Why? The pajamas fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear.

What models? The long-sleeved nightgown, Style 14, is cotton knit with multi-colored polka dots. The sleeves and hem are ruffled. The shirt and pants set, Style 15 or Style 314RG, is cotton with a red and white gingham print pattern and white piping on the collar, sleeves and pant legs. The style number and the words PJs by My Clothes are printed on tags sewn into the center back of the gown, the neck of the shirt and the rear waistband of the pants.

Where sold? Children's boutiques and specialty retailers and online from August-December 2011.

What to do? Call My Clothes Inc. toll-free at 1-855-776-6641, email [email protected] or visit www.pjsbymyclothesinc.com.

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