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Recalls: Toyota vehicles, Honda Fit, children's toy jewelry sets

Toyota vehicles

Company: Toyota Motor North America Inc.

Quantity: 1.1 million, expanded from previously announced 3 million-plus.

Why? Accelerator pedals could become lodged under floor mats and stick, causing sudden acceleration.

What models? 2009-10 Corolla, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-10 Corolla, 2009-10 Matrix and 2009-10 Venza. This is a widening of earlier recalls.

Where sold? Dealers.

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

Honda Fit

Company: American Honda Motor Co.

Quantity: 646,000.

Why? A faulty window power switch could lead to a fire.

What models? 2007-08 Honda Fit hatchbacks.

Where sold? Dealers.

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

Tiny Tink and Friends children's toy jewelry sets

Company: Playmates Toys.

Quantity: 252,000.

Why? A cylindrical metal connector on a charm can contain excess levels of lead.

What models? Tiny Tink and Friends toy jewelry sets. The charm is attached to a cord using a metal ring and cylinder and included with the sets as a separate accessory that children can attach to the toy necklace, bracelet or key chain. They were sold in a variety of styles: Item 74634, UPC 0 43377 74634 8 Tinker Bell's Lil' Tinker Bracelet; 74641, 0 43377 74641 6, Tinker Bell's Lil' Tinker Bracelet; 74631, 0 43377 74631 7, Rosetta's Rosebud Key Chain; 74632, 0 43377 74632 4, Silvermist's Water Lily Necklace.

Where sold? Various retailers from November 2008-November 2009.

What to do? Call Playmates toll-free at 1-888-810-1133 or visit

Children's jackets with drawstrings

Company: GTM Sportswear Inc.

Quantity: 210,000.

Why? The children's jackets have drawstrings through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.

What models? Children's hooded nylon jackets in sizes XXS-XL (2T-16) and in various colors. "GTM Sportswear" is printed on a label sewn in the neck of the garments. Styles include Youth Medalist Jacket (YJA180), Youth Legacy Jacket (YJAPT01), Youth Eclipse Jacket (YLJA186), Youth Dominator Jacket (YJA3800), Youth Booster Jacket (YJA150) and Youth Achiever Jacket (YJA161).

Where sold? Customer screen print and embroidery stores, at,, and and in GTM Sportswear and the Just for Kix catalogs from January 2003-December 2009.

What to do? Call GTM toll-free at 1-800-437-9560 or visit

Papyrus brand greeting cards with bracelets

Company: Schurman Fine Papers.

Quantity: 174,000.

Why? The surface paint coating on the bracelets sold with greeting cards contain excessive levels of lead.

What models? Papyrus brand children's greeting cards sold with an attached wooden bead bracelet. The front of the card says "Happy Birthday To You" and includes an attached bead in the shape of a heart with the word "smile" printed on it. The colorful bracelet includes wooden beads with one in the shape of a butterfly. The back of the greeting card reads, "BD 63401 | Jean Card & Gift Company" and the card insert reads, "USA $6.95| CAN $10.50| Made in China| Jean Card & Gift Company" and includes UPC number 734524634013 in the lower right hand corner.

Where sold? Card stores and other retailers from February 2004-September 2009.

What to do? Call Schurman Fine Papers toll-free at 1-888-990-9095.

Well Luck instant noodle products

Company: Well Luck Co. Inc.

Quantity: 50,000 pounds.

Why? The products do not meet federal product inspection or exemption requirements for poultry, beef and pork.

What models? Jin Mai Lang labeled products. For the full list, please see

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call the company at 1-201-434-1177, extension 141.

Italian sausage products

Company: Daniele International Inc.

Quantity: 17,235 pounds, expanded from previously announced 1,240,000 pounds.

Why? The products may be contaminated with salmonella, which can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

What models? Calabrese Sopressata Flat Bulk, 3-3.5 pounds per piece, Lot 271 with sell-by dates of 12/16/10 and 12/18/10; Hot Calabrese Sopressata Flat Bulk, 3-3.5 pounds per piece with lot numbers 465, 434, 228 and 333; Boar's Head Hot Sopressata Calabrese, produced on 11/28/09 and 12/9/09; plus ready-to-eat varieties of Italian sausage products, including salami. For the full list, please see

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-888-345-4160.

Pontiac Vibe

Company: General Motors Corp.

Quantity: Unknown.

Why? The accelerator pedal could stick or become harder to depress.

What models? 2009-10 Pontiac Vibe.

Where sold? Dealers.

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

Children's metal necklaces

Company: FAF Inc.

Quantity: 55,000.

Why? The necklaces contain high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children.

What models? The recalled jewelry is shaped as a metal crown or frog pendant on a metal link chain necklace in a crown hinged box. The packaging has the words "The Princess and the Frog" on it and contains the following model numbers and UPC codes: Crown, 4616-4187, UPC 72783367144; and Frog, 4616-4190, UPC 72783367147.

Where sold? Walmart from November 2009-January 2010.

What to do? Call FAF toll-free at 1-800-949-3311 or visit

Zippo Slatkin & Co. candle lighters

Company: Zippo Manufacturing Co.

Quantity: 17,500.

Why? Lighters can produce an excessive flame when adjusted to maximum flame setting, posing a burn hazard.

What models? Zippo Slatkin & Co. candle lighters with date codes G09 or H09. The lighters are finished in high-polish chrome or white with a chrome nozzle. The lighter uses refillable butane fuel and measures 6.5 inches long and 1 inch wide. The date code is embossed on the black adjuster knob located on the end of the lighter (opposite to the nozzle). "Slatkin & Co." and "Zippo" are printed on the packaging. "Zippo" is also embossed on the product.

Where sold? Bath & Body Works and White Barn Candle stores and online in November 2009.

What to do? Call Zippo toll-free at 1-800-320-7490 or visit

Nature Wonders horse toy figures

Company: Blip Toys.

Quantity: 15,000.

Why? The surface paint coating on the horse contains excessive levels of lead.

What models? Nature Wonders HD pinto horse toy figures with model number 92093. The plastic horse is white with brown spots and measures about 4 inches tall. The model number and "Nature Wonders HD" are printed on the retail tag wrapped around the horse's leg.

Where sold? Walmart from January-July 2009.

What to do? Call Blip Toys toll-free at 1-888-405-7696 or visit

Glass water bottles

Company: Starbucks Coffee Co.

Quantity: 11,200.

Why? The glass water bottle and/or its stopper can shatter when the consumer is removing or inserting the stopper, posing a laceration hazard.

What models? Clear glass water bottles with SKU number 11003503. The 20-ounce water bottles have the words "Glass Water Bottle" printed on a blue label affixed to the bottle.

Where sold? Starbucks and at Starbucks locations in Safeway and Target during January 2010.

What to do? Call Starbucks toll-free at 1-877-492-6333 or visit

First Impressions boy's Santa set

Company: Macy's Merchandising Group Inc.

Quantity: 9,600.

Why? Loose buttons on the suit's jacket may detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

What models? First Impressions boy's three-piece Santa Sets in sizes 0-24 months, including a jacket, pants and hat. For units sold at the Navy Exchange stores the UPCs are: 0706254537346, 0706254537353, 0706254537360, 0706254537377, 0706254537384 and 0706254537391. For all products the tracking label information sewn into the side seam of the top and bottom includes: Style 9131, Supplier 22155, Mfg 34837, Aug. 2009, Macy's Inc.

Where sold? U.S. Navy Exchange stores from November-December 2009.

What to do? Call Macy's toll-free at 1-888-257-5949 or visit

Rechargeable batteries

Company: AMX.

Quantity: 8,600.

Why? A defect in the battery can cause the battery pack to overheat and rupture. This poses a fire and burn hazard.

What models? AMX 5000 series (MVP-5100, MVP-5150, MVP-5200i) wireless touch panels. The model number can be found on a label on the back of the unit. AMX 5000 series touch panels are available in black or white and include a 5.2-inch wide screen color LCD display. The touch panel's dimensions are 4 3/4 x 7 9/16 x 13/16 inches.

Where sold? AMX dealers from May 2008-October 2009.

What to do? Call AMX toll-free at 1-800-222-0193, visit or e-mail and reference XPX5000B.

Talon hunting tree stands, brackets/straps

Company: Summit Treestands LLC.

Quantity: 6,800.

Why? The tree stand can unexpectedly detach from the tree when the brackets fail, posing a fall hazard.

What models? Talon Raptor brackets/straps and Cabelas Realtree series hang-on tree stands with the Talon brackets/straps. Tree stands involved in this recall have the following model numbers: rsEagle 82044, rsOsprey 82041, rsFalcon 82042, rsHawk 82043 and Cabelas Realtree Outfitters Series Hawk Deluxe 81509.

Where sold? Hunting stores and catalogs from May-November 2009.

What to do? Visit

Danbar Knight Hawk toy helicopters

Company: RadioShack Corp.

Quantity: 6,000.

Why? The battery housing under the helicopter canopy can overheat while charging, posing a fire hazard.

What models? Danbar Toys Knight Hawk 3D remote control helicopters. The helicopter can be identified by model number 006047 marked on the back of the controller and the Knight Hawk 3D logo on the front of the controller.

Where sold? RadioShack stores and at from October-November 2009.

What to do? Call RadioShack toll-free at 1-800-843-7422 or visit

Liebherr refrigerators

Company: Liebherr-Canada Ltd.

Quantity: 2,700.

Why? The refrigerator's door can detach, posing an injury hazard.

What models? Liebherr built-in 24-inch wide single door refrigerators with model numbers R1400, RI1400, RB1400, and RBI1400 sold individually or as a component of side-by-side refrigerators. The side-by-side refrigerators were marketed as model numbers SBS240, SBS24 I0, SBS245, SBS24I5.

Where sold? Appliance and specialty retailers from January 2005-November 2009.

What to do? Call Liebherr toll-free at 1-877-337-2653 or visit

CYBEX strollers

Company: Regal Lager Inc.

Quantity: 1,200.

Why? The stroller's hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.

What models? Ruby, Onyx and Topaz models of CYBEX umbrella strollers. "CYBEX" is printed on the side of the strollers.

Where sold? Department and juvenile product stores between August-November 2009.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-800-593-5522, visit or e-mail

Recalls: Toyota vehicles, Honda Fit, children's toy jewelry sets 02/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:57pm]
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