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Linear PERS transmitters

Company: Linear LLC.

Quantity: 48,000.

Why? The battery clips in the transmitters can corrode, causing the transmitters to operate intermittently or not at all.

What models? Linear personal emergency reporting systems (PERS) transmitters, models DXS-LRC, DXS-LRC-LA, DXS-LRP and DXS-LRW with date codes 1306, 1307 and 1329.

Where sold? Independent PERS distributors and dealers from June-August.

What to do? Call Linear toll-free at 1-855-554-2384 or visit

Toro lawnmowers

Company: The Toro Co.

Quantity: 34,500.

Why? The mower's blade can break.

What models? 2013 Toro TimeMaster and 2013 Toro TurfMaster 30-inch lawn mowers, model number 20199 with serial numbers from 313000101-313020271; model number 20200 with serial from 313000101-313007366; and model number 22200 with serial numbers from 313000101-313007146.

Where sold? Toro dealers from November 2012-October.

What to do? Call Toro toll-free at 1-855-340-7686 or visit

Tube slides with port holes

Company: Solowave Design Corp.

Quantity: 10,800.

Why? The plastic port hole-type windows in the tube slide can break, posing a laceration hazard.

What models? Solowave Tornado brand home playground tube slides with port holes that were sold with Solowave's Centennial, Centennial II, Lexington, Rocky Mountain Deluxe and Sheridan play systems.

Where sold? Toys R Us and other stores and at from February 2008-August.

What to do? Call Solowave toll-free at 1-866-678-0376 or visit

Bed bug heating units

Company: Nuvenco Inc., dba PackTite.

Quantity: 9,000.

Why? The bed bug heaters can overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard.

What models? PackTite bed bug heating units sold with PackTite original bed bug treatment systems.

Where sold? Pest control companies and pest control product distributors from October 2009-January.

What to do? Call PackTite toll-free at 1-866-520-7952 or visit

Exmark mowers

Company: Exmark Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Quantity: 6,900.

Why? The mower's blade can break.

What models? 2013 Exmark commercial 30-inch walk-behind mowers, model ECKA30 and serial numbers from 313605897-313660824.

Where sold? Exmark dealers from November 2012-October.

What to do? Call Exmark toll-free at 1-800-667-5296 or visit

Girls hooded windsuits

Company: Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Quantity: 6,600.

Why? The hooded windsuits have drawstrings in the hood around the neck area that pose a strangulation hazard to young children.

What models? Girls BCG hooded windsuits, style number SGBCGA9001 and SKUs 0024229635, 0024229486, 0024229569, 0024229643, 0024229494, 0024229577, 0024229650, 0024229502, 0024229585, 0024229668, 0024229510 and 0024229593.

Where sold? Academy Sports + Outdoors stores and at in September and October 2013.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-888-922-2336 or visit

Chrysler vehicles

Company: Chrysler Group LLC.

Quantity: 4,200.

Why? The 8-speed transmission's output shaft may fracture, resulting in a loss of power.

What models? 2013 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Ram 1500 vehicles equipped with a V6 engine, either all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive and the 8-speed automatic transmission.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Chrysler toll-free at 1-800-247-9753.

Toyota Tacoma

Company: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing.

Quantity: 3,795.

Why? The engines contain valve springs that may break over time, causing the engine to fail and stall.

What models? 2013-2014 Tacomas manufactured between July 1 and Oct. 11.

Where sold? Dealers.

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

Efco gas trimmers

Company: Emak USA Inc.

Quantity: 1,400.

Why? The muffler on the trimmer's engine can break during use, posing a fire hazard.

What models? The efco trimmers 36cc models 8371 S and 8371 T, and a 40.2cc model 8421 T engine displacement.

Where sold? Authorized efco dealers between June 2009-July.

What to do? Call Emak USA toll-free at 1-800-800-4420 or visit

Chrysler vehicles

Company: Chrysler Group LLC.

Quantity: 522.

Why? Due to abrasive debris in the balance shaft bearings, these engines may have a loss of engine oil pressure, possibly resulting in an engine stall or engine failure.

What models? 2013 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, and 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles equipped with 2.4L engines.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Chrysler toll-free at 1-800-247-9753.

This week's recalls 12/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 5:01pm]
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