WASHINGTON, D.C.—Customers are being warned about hundreds of thousands of products from malfunctioning appliances to toys containing potentially harmful levels of lead.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing several recalls.
About 142,000 Copco Harmony Tea Kettles are being recalled because their lids can come loose, allowing boiling water to splash on the people using them. It's happened at least 25 times already. Victims have reported second-degree burns to their hands and fingers. The kettles -- with finishes ranging from stainless steel to enamel in red, white, black, turquoise, orange, yellow and blue -- were sold in stores from March 2006 through June of this year. If you have one, contact Wilton Industries, Inc. for a free replacement or refund at (800) 794-5866 or through www.copco.com.
About 94,000 Kidde Model PI2000 Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms are being recalled because they can fail to go off during a fire. Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. says an "electrostatic discharge" can damage the smoke alarms. If that happens, it will fail to alert people to smoke or fire in their homes. The company has gotten two reports of electrostatic discharge during installation. The affected alarms have two buttons -- "HUSH" and "PUSH AND HOLD TO TEST WEEKLY" -- and date codes of "2008 Aug.01" through "2009 May 04." They were sold in stores and through electrical distributors from August 2008 through May of this year. If you have one, contact Kidde for a free replacement at (877) 524-2086 or through www.kidde.com.
SWEATSHIRTS & JACKETS:
About 130 Children's Hooded Jackets and Pullover Sweatshirts from Hard Tail are being recalled because they have drawstrings through the hood or around the neck of the garments. The CPSC considers a drawstring to be a strangulation hazard. The recalled jackets and sweatshirts have style numbers and RN number "107435" included on the label sewn inside. They were sold at Nordstrom's, Gingerbread Kids, Beautiful Kids, Tabeez, EZ Fashion, Village Kids, In Motion, Pitti Bimi, Red Apple and Kidding Around stores from July 2007 through September 2008. If your child has one, remove the drawstring or return the garment to the place of purchase or to Hard Tail for a refund. Contact Hard Tail at (888) 942-7382 or through www.hardtailforever.com.
About 90,000 packages of DesignWare Sport Balls party favors from American Greetings Corp. are being recalled because they have excessive levels of lead. The packages mini basketballs, footballs, baseballs and soccer balls and have the model number "SPBL 1821" printed on the packaging. They were sold in stores in the U.S. and Canada from August 2004 through April of this year. If you have them, take them away from children and contact American Greetings for a coupon for replacement at (800) 777-4891 or through www.ag.com.