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Recalls: window blinds, canned cat food, more

Roller, Roman and roll-up blinds

Company: IKEA Home Furnishings.

Quantity: 3.36 million.

Why? Roller blinds: Strangulations can occur if the blind's looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child's neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop. For the Roman blinds: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. An additional hazard exists when the Roman blind has a continuous looped bead chain that if not attached to the wall or floor, which poses a strangulation hazard to children. For the roll-up blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

What models? Roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the bead chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds

Where sold? IKEA stores from January 1998-June 2009.

What to do? Call IKEA toll-free at 1-888-966-4532 or visit www.ikea-usa.com.

Roll-up blinds

Company: Chicology.

Quantity: 6,200.

Why? Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

What models? French Antique Gold, Zen Moss, Tropic Ginger and Kansas White roll-up blind models. The roll-up shades are gold, green, tan and white and are made from natural fiber-paper, jute and polyester.

Where sold? Overstock.com, Bestwindowtreatments.com, Bedbathstore.com, Unbeatablesale.com, Bonton.com, Linensource.com and Solutions.com from April 2006-March 2010.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-866-999-6188, visit www.chicology.com or e-mail info@chicology.com.

Iams canned cat food

Company: Procter & Gamble Co.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? The product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats.

What models? Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3-ounce & 5.5-ounce cans with dates of 09/2011 to 06/2012 on the bottom of the cans.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call Iams toll-free at 1-877-340-8826.

GE front-load washing machines

Company: GE Appliances & Lighting.

Quantity: 181,000.

Why? A wire can break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating, posing fire and shock hazards.

What models? GE front-load washing machines without auxiliary water heating. Model and serial numbers are located on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame of the washers. The model number begins with WBVH5 and the serial numbers begin with AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM, FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM, LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS, SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR, VS, ZL, ZM, ZR and ZS.

Where sold? Department and various retail stores from December 2006-May 2010.

What to do? Call GE toll-free at 1-888-345-4124 or visit www.geappliances.com.

Defibrillator battery packs

Company: Defibtech LLC.

Quantity: 5,418.

Why? The semi-automatic external defibrillators with the affected battery pack may falsely detect an error condition during charging for a shock, then cancel charge and not provide therapy.

What models? The DBP-2800 Battery Packs used in the Lifeline AED and ReviveR AEDTM shipped prior to June 4, 2007.

Where sold? The packs were distributed to fire departments, EMS, health clubs, schools and other organizations.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-877-453-4507, visit www.defibtech.com/batteryFA or e-mail techsupport@defibtech.com.

Suzuki Grand Vitara, XL-7

Company: American Suzuki Motor Corp.

Quantity: 46,549.

Why? Plastic pieces of a drive belt pulley can wear out, causing steering difficulty.

What models? 2006 Grand Vitara and 2005-2006 XL-7.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Suzuki toll-free at 1-800-934-0934.

BMW 1 Series

Company: BMW of North America LLC.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? In a severe crash, the insulation around the seatbelt apparatus could ignite after deployment.

What models? 2008-2011 BMW 1 Series.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call BMW toll-free at 1-800-525-7417.

Volkswagen Routan

Company: Volkswagen of America Inc.

Quantity: 15,902.

Why? The lower sliding door hinge could wear through some wiring and create a short-circuit, resulting in an overheated latch and possibly a fire.

What models? 2009 Routan.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Volkswagen toll-free at 1-800-822-8987.

Various lobster meat products

Company: Portland Shellfish Co.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? Some brands of the meat 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? Portland Shellfish Co., Claw island, Craig's All Natural and Inland Ocean cooked, fresh or frozen lobster claw and knuckle meat, various sizes and lots.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call the company at 1-207-699-5505.

Dritz Quick Cut electric scissors

Company: Prym Consumer USA.

Quantity: 12,000.

Why? The electric scissors can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

What models? The electric scissors are white and blue, about 10 inches long and include an AC adaptor. "Dritz" is written on the handle on the blue grip.

Where sold? Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and other craft stores from September 2009-February 2010.

What to do? Call Prym toll-free at 1-800-255-7796, e-mail customer.service@prym-consumer-usa.com or visit www.prym-consumer-usa.com.

Beado handheld bead play toys

Company: Rhino Toys Inc.

Quantity: 5,500.

Why? The toys' plastic wires can detach from the hubs due to insufficient adhesive, allowing the beads to slide off. The loose beads pose a choking hazard to young children.

What models? The Beado hand-held beaded play toy with model number 1501 and date code 02910 04323A. The product measures 6 inches in diameter and is composed of four blue plastic "hubs," six white plastic "wires" and 12 multi-colored beads that slide along the wires. The model number and date code are printed on the bottom of the packaging and the date code is also inside of the blue hubs (see picture below).

Where sold? Specialty toy and juvenile retailers from March-May 2010.

What to do? Call Rhino Toys toll-free at 1-877-887-4433 or visit www.rhinotoys.com.

Succulent plant-shaped decorative candles in a pot

Company: Crate and Barrel.

Quantity: 5,400.

Why? The wax in this candle melts quickly inside and overflows outside the pot and can ignite, posing a serious burn and fire hazard.

What models? A set of nine succulent plant-shaped green candles in clay pots that were sold in a black container with a SKU number of 557-806. The SKU numbers are on the bottom of the original packaging.

Where sold? Crate and Barrel and at www.crateandbarrel.com from February-April 2010.

What to do? Call Crate and Barrel toll-free at 1-800-451-8217 or visit www.crateandbarrel.com.

Pirates of the Caribbean twin trundle beds

Company: Bayside Furnishings (a division of Whalen).

Quantity: 2,000.

Why? The headboard has a storage bin that poses an entrapment hazard to young children.

What models? The Pirates of the Caribbean twin trundle bed's preassembled headboard has a brown wood base with decorative carvings, three open storage compartments, a storage bin and a mast. The storage bin located in the headboard, measures approximately 39 inches long, 6 1/2 inches wide and 24 inches deep. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" trademark is embossed on a metal plate inside the headboard. The name and address of the manufacturer, model number, manufacture date and "Made in China" is printed on a label affixed to the inside of the mattress frame side rails.

Where sold? Costco stores from January 2006-January 2010.

What to do? Call Bayside toll-free at 1-877-494-2536 or visit www.baysidefurnishings.com.

Recalls: window blinds, canned cat food, more 06/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:48pm]

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