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Recalls: Toyota Prius and Lexus, Honda, Fit, Discovery Kids animated lamps, more

Toyota Prius, Lexus

Company: Toyota Motor North America Inc.

Quantity: 133,000 Priuses and 14,500 Lexus HS250h vehicles in the United States.

Why? Brake problems have been reported, ranging from brakes not working properly to braking power declining suddenly when the car slows down.

What models? 2010 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS250h vehicles.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Toyota toll-free at 1-800-331-4331.

Honda Fit

Company: American Honda Motor Co.

Quantity: 141,000.

Why? Under certain conditions, water may breach and damage the master power window switch, making it overheat and possibly causing smoke, melting or even a fire.

What models? Some 2007-2008 Honda Fits.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Honda toll-free at 1-800-999-1009.

Discovery Kids animated lamps

Company: Innovage LLC.

Quantity: 360,000.

Why? A defect in the lamp's printed circuit board can cause an electrical short, posing a fire and burn hazard.

What models? Discovery Kids Animated Marine Lamp with model number 1627121 or 1628626 and the Animated Safari Lamp with model number 1627124 or 1628626. All models have batch numbers beginning with "2." The decorative lamps are silver in color and feature rotating films with marine or safari scenes. "Discovery Kids" is printed on the front top left corner. The batch number is an 11 digit number located on the bottom of each unit. The model number can be found on the bottom of the packaging.

Where sold? Various retailers from July 2009-January 2010.

What to do? Call Innovage toll-free at 1-888-232-1535, visit or e-mail

Generation 2 and "ChildESIGNS" cribs

Company: Generation 2, which is now out of business.

Quantity: All.

Why? The crib's plastic hardware can break, which can cause the drop side of the crib to detach from a corner of the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped. When a child is entrapped between the drop side and the crib mattress, it creates a risk of suffocation or strangulation. In addition, the crib's mattress support can detach from the crib frame, creating a hazardous space in which an infant or toddler could become entrapped and suffocate or strangle.

What models? Generation 2 Worldwide and "ChildESIGNS" drop side cribs.

Where sold? Various stores, including Walmart and Kmart.

What to do? Stop using the cribs immediately and call the Consumer Product Safety Commission hotline toll-free at 1-800-638-2772.

Pontiac Vibe

Company: General Motors Corp.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? The accelerator pedal can get stuck in the open position due to an unsecured or incompatible floor mat, which could lead to a crash.

What models? 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe vehicles.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Pontiac toll-free at 1-800-620-7668.

Automated external defibrillators

Company: Cardiac Science Corp.

Quantity: 12,200.

Why? The defibrillators may not be able to deliver therapy during a resuscitation attempt, which may lead to serious adverse events or death. These AEDs were manufactured in a way that makes them potentially susceptible to failure under certain conditions.

What models? The Powerheart 9300A, 9300E, 9300P, 9390A, 9390E; the CardioVive 92532; and the CardioLife 9200G and 9231 were manufactured or serviced between Oct. 19, 2009, and Jan. 15, 2010.

Where sold? Various dealers.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-888-402-2484 or e-mail

Maxi-Cosi child restraint seats

Company: Dorel Juvenile Group.

Quantity: 22,850.

Why? Interference between the mounting bracket and the base can result in difficulty attaching or detaching the shell from the base. If the shell is improperly attached to the base, it won't offer a child the necessary protection in a crash.

What models? Certain Maxi-Cosi Mico infant/child restraint systems, models 22-371 HFL, JUC, LMD, PNG and ORE; 22-372 TTH; and the Maxi-Cosi Mico base, model 22-515 BLK, produced from Feb. 18, 2008, through June 28, 2008.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call Dorel toll-free at 1-877-657-9546.

Pierino jumbo shells with cheese

Company: Pierino Frozen Foods Inc.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? The products contain undeclared eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

What models? Pierino Frozen Foods' "Jumbo Shells with Cheese" in a 24-ounce package marked with UPC numbers 039106333347 on the back center of the package with an expiration date 01/2011 and all dates prior to 01/2011.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-866-467-2782.

Special forces, police SWAT toy gun sets

Company: Dollar General.

Quantity: 9,600.

Why? The orange tips located at the end of the toy guns' barrels, which are designed to distinguish them from real guns, can easily be removed from the barrels, posing a choking hazard.

What models? Special Forces Weapons and Accessories Set and a SWAT Police Play Equipment Set. Each set includes two toy guns and related accessories. The number 48JQH09 is printed on the right side of the larger gun included in the recalled sets.

Where sold? Dollar General stores from September-October 2009.

What to do? Call Dollar General toll-free at 1-800-678-9258 or visit

Cousins Products Spinach Vinaigrette

Company: Cousins Products LLC.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? This product contains egg, soy and wheat, and was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of these ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg, soy or wheat run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

What models? Cousins Products Spinach Vinaigrette in 16-ounce jars.

Where sold? Via the Internet.

What to do? Call Jack Cousins at 1-985-871-8797.

Recalls: Toyota Prius and Lexus, Honda, Fit, Discovery Kids animated lamps, more 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 7:34am]
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