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Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Corolla Matrix

Company: Toyota Motor North America.

Quantity: 662,178.

Why? Glass bolts holding the windows in place can come loose and shatter.

What models? 2003-2004 Vibes, Corollas and Corolla Matrixes with power windows.

Where sold? Toyota dealers.

What to do? Call Toyota toll-free at 1-888-270-9371.

Volkswagen Passat

Company: Volkswagen of America.

Quantity: 412,000.

Why? The underbody heat shield could be damaged, which could result in a fire.

What models? 1999-2005 VW Passats with automatic transmissions.

Where sold? Volkswagen dealers.

What to do? Call Volkswagen toll-free at

1-800-822-8987.

Hyundai Sonata

Company: Hyundai Motor Co.

Quantity: 393,714.

Why? The car's computer system is misclassifying a small adult as a child and shutting off the passenger air bag. The automaker said the misclassification would prevent the air bag from inflating in a crash, potentially leading to an injury to the passenger.

What models? 2006-2008 Sonata vehicles equipped with an advanced air bag system.

Where sold? Hyundai dealers.

What to do? Call Hyundai toll-free at 1-800-633-5151 or visit www.hyundai-motor.com.

Honda Accord

Company: Honda Motor Co.

Quantity: 353,000.

Why? Potential corrosion in the windshield wiper motor could cause the electrical circuit breaker inside the motor area to fail and prevent the motor from working, potentially leading to a crash.

What models? 2003 Honda Accords.

Where sold? Honda dealers.

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

Flower Writer; Christmas Writer; Easter Writer; and Spooky Writer seasonal writing pens

Company: Michaels Stores Inc.

Quantity: 310,000.

Why? The seasonal writing pens' surface coating contains high levels of lead.

What models? Sold individually as one of four series pens including Flower Writer, Christmas Writer, Easter Writer and Spooky Writer. Each pen has themed decorations including flowers, Christmas, Easter and Halloween ornamentation.

Where sold? Michaels.

What to do? Return to any Michaels store for a refund, call Michaels toll-free at 1-800-642-4235 or visit www.michaels.com.

Chocolate-covered peanuts

and almonds

Company: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? Incorrectly labeled packaging may expose people with allergies to a life-threatening reaction if they consume these products.

What models? Five-ounce bags of chocolate-covered almonds and 5-ounce bags of chocolate double-dipped peanuts in clear bags with a red and white diamond pattern on the label.

Where sold? Cracker Barrel.

What to do? Return to any Cracker Barrel

for a refund or call the company toll-free at

1-800-333-9566.

Herbal Science dietary supplements

Company: Herbal Science International.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? The products contain ephedra, which is linked with heart attacks and strokes; aristolochic acid, which is a carcinogen and toxic to the kidneys; and human placenta, which may transmit disease.

What models? Containing ephedra: Wu Yao Shun Qi San, Qing Bi Tang (Nasal Cleanser), Zhong Fong Huo Luo Wan (Stroke Revito Formula), Xiao Qing Long Tang (Little Green Dragon), Ding Chuan Tang, Xiao Xu Ming Tang, Feng Shi Zhi Tong Wan (Joint Relief), Guo Min Bi Yan Wan and Fang Feng Tong Sheng San. Containing aristolochic acid: Tou Tong San (Headache Formula) and Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang (Du Huo Joint Relief). Containing human placenta: Seng Jong Tzu Tong Tan.

Where sold? Online, in herbal stores and by acupuncturists.

What to do? Call the company at 1-626-333-9998.

Audi A6 and Allroad Quattro

Company: Volkswagen of America Inc.

Quantity: 68,240.

Why? The aging of a part could lead to a fuel leak.

What models? 2001-2004 Audi A6 Quattro vehicles with 2.7-, 2.8- or 3-liter engines, and 2001-2005 Allroad Quattro vehicles with 2.7- or 4.2-liter engines.

Where sold? Various auto dealers.

What to do? Call Audi toll-free at 1-800-822-2834.

Saab 9-5

Company: Saab Cars U.S.A.

Quantity: 57,389.

Why? The front seat head restraints are flawed and could cause injuries in an accident.

What models? 2002-2008 Saab 9-5 series

vehicles.

Where sold? Saab dealers.

What to do? Call Saab toll-free at 1-800-955-9007.

Hillbilly teeth

Company: Funtastic.

Quantity: 26,000.

Why? The gray surface paint on the teeth contains excessive levels of lead.

What models? Two-pack fake Hillbilly Teeth with item #2657. The item number is printed on the packaging. The gums are brown and the teeth are yellow.

Where sold? Grocery, drug, convenience and mass retailers.

What to do? For a refund, call Funtastic toll-free at 1-800-434-5207 or visit www.funtastictoy.com.

Chicken dumpling soup mix

Company: North Aire Market.

Quantity: 99 boxes.

Why? The dumplings in the soup mix may have been exposed to residual traces of almonds, which can be dangerous to those allergic to almonds.

What models? Maggie & Mary's Chicken Dumpling Soup Mix with lot codes 0730810, 0720810, 0910810, 0920811, 0920810, 0930810, 0980810 located on the bottom of the box.

Where sold? Specialty gift shops and through the company's web site.

What to do? For a refund, call North Aire Market toll-free at 1-800-662-3781.

Charge-It-All Valets power strips

Company: Home Shopping Network.

Quantity: 17,000.

Why? The power strip located inside the valet has undersized wires, which can pose fire and shock hazards.

What models? Power strips sold with the medium and large Joy Mangano Charge-It-All Valets. The valet is a box with divided compartments that comes with a power strip that allows the user to recharge and organize items such as cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs and cameras in a single location. The medium valet comes with a three-receptacle power strip and the large valet comes with a six-receptacle power strip. The letters J and M are printed in cursive under the valet.

Where sold? HSN LP.

What to do? HSN LP will provide a replacement, an in-store refund of $5 and will pay for all shipping charges to return the product. Call HSN toll-free at 1-888-540-7052 or visit www.hsn.com.

S'morestick Kits

Company: Grand Carnival L.L.C.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? Chocolate pieces in the kit contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a potentially serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume chocolate products containing milk.

What models? The recalled S'morestick Kits are packaged in a clear plastic tube containing individual clear plastic packages of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate pieces, and bear the "Use By" date of 2/14/09.

Where sold? Garden Ridge retail stores.

What to do? For a refund, call Grand Carnival toll-free at 1-877-305-3382.

Western Rider push toys

Company: Santa's Toy Corp.

Quantity: 9,000.

Why? Surface paint on the glove, shirt and pants of rider toy contains excessive levels of lead.

What models? A push toy of a plastic horse with rider and a 20-inch-long pole/handle. The horse and pole/handle together measures about 26 inches. The rider is wearing red pants and a green shirt. The horse comes in various colors.

Where sold? Retail dollar and discount stores.

What to do? Return to the store where purchased for a refund, call Santa's toll-free at 1-888-726-8208 or e-mail info@santastoycorp.com.

Lithium-polymer battery chargers and lithium-polymer batteries

Company: Hobby-Lobby International Inc.

Quantity: 3,200.

Why? The lithium-polymer batteries can ignite while charging, posing a fire hazard.

What models? The lithium-polymer battery charger and batteries sold with the AT600 Falcon Helicopter kit. The recall also includes any spare battery (Model AT600B) or spare charger (Model ATS6046) purchased for this kit.

Where sold? Hobby-Lobby.com.

What to do? Receive new batteries and a "smart" charger that will shut down when the charging process is completed by contacting sales@hobby-lobby.com, call the company toll-free at 1-866-933-5972 or visit www.hobby-lobby.com.

Recalls 04/22/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 12:42pm]

    

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