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(Recall slideshow updated with recall news General Motors' 2011-2012 Chevrolet Corvette Coupes; Kroger's Private Selection Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream; Avaira Toric contact lenses; Sony's Bravia flat-panel TVs; B.O.B. single and double-seated strollers; and Nestle's Lean Cuisine Dinnertime Selects Chicken Fettuccini.)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- From snowmobiles with loss-of-control risks to child entanglement in window shades and glass flakes in anemia drugs, alarming product recalls have raised the fear -- and ire -- of consumers.

Here are some of the bigger recalls that have unfolded in 2011...

General Motors

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has recalled certain model years 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Coupes because of faulty door locks, according to an Oct. 14 U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Around 6,006 vehicles were involved in the recall, including 5,755 in the U.S. and 217 in Canada. The recalled cars were manufactured between Jan. 24 and Sept. 1 of this year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the rear hatch hinges many not meet the load requirements specified in the safety standard. The rear hatch could separate in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

General Motors said it would notify owners, and that dealers were instructed to replace both rear hatch hinges free of charge.

The safety recall was expected to begin on or before Oct. 7.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438.

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recalled its Private Selection Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream because of an undeclared peanut allergen in the ingredients, according to Oct. 13 reports.

Kroger recalled the ice cream sold in at least 10 states because it may contain peanuts, an ingredient not listed on the label.

People with peanut sensitivities or allergies to nut products may be at risk for serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the product. More than three million Americans suffer from peanut and/or nut allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The recall involved only 16-ounce pints of the ice cream with a sell-by date of June 18, 2012 and UPC code 11110 52909.

The ice cream was sold at Kroger stores in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. It was also sold at Kroger's Jay C, Food 4 Less, Owen's, Pay Less and Scott's stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Customers who bought the recalled product were told to return it to supermarkets for a refund or replacement.

CooperVision

recalled hundreds of thousands of Avaira Toric contact lenses, according to Oct. 13 reports, the eye care company's second recall announcement in two months.

The latest recall involved 600,000 contact lenses that entered the U.S. market, though more than 8 million were said to have been affected by the problem.

The recall was instituted because wearers complained of pain, red eyes, and blurry vision.

MSNBC

reported that some people wearing the Avaira Toric contact lenses necessitated visits to the emergency room because they were in such excruciating pain.

Wearers' symptoms were caused by a residue on the lenses, which resulted from a manufacturing problem.

CooperVision said it "has fully cooperated with the FDA and continues to closely monitor the situation." It notified customers, and told eye care practitioners to inform their patients about the recall.

Sony

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recalled many of its Bravia flat-panel televisions because of faulty components that may cause the TVs to melt or catch fire.

Around 1.6 million TVs were involved in the recall. They were sold around the world since 2007.

The liquid-crystal display (LCD) TVs were recalled after Sony learned of at least 11 incidents of fire and/or smoke. No injuries had been reported however.

The source of overheating may be coming from a faulty component in the backlight system of the TV set, according to Sony spokeswoman Yuki Shima.

"Sony-related recalls are following one another, and that may ruin the company's brand image," Mito Securities analyst Keita Wakabayashi said, referring to a Sony recall less than a month ago that involved Sony-made batteries and

KDDI

, a Japanese mobile phone operator. . "Considering Sony's overall business size, the TV recalls won't shake the company's grounding."

The recalled TVs were 40-inch models, sold in China, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe. Sony said it would send service crew to repair the TVs if faulty parts are found. No refunds or replacement TVs were offered, however.

B.O.B. single and double jogging strollers were recalled because of a choking hazard, according to an Oct. 11 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 411,700 strollers were recalled in the U.S., plus another 27,000 in Canada, adding to the 357,000 strollers that were previously recalled in February of this year due to strangulation hazard posed by canopy drawstrings.

Boise, Idaho-based B.O.B. Trailers, the importer of the recalled products, said the stroller canopy's embroidered logo's backing patch can detach, posing a choking hazard to babies and young children.

B.O.B. has received six reports of children mouthing the detached patch. Gagging and choking were reported in two incidents. The backing was removed from the children's mouth without injury. In each of the reported incidents, the children were seated in an infant car seat attached to the stroller.

Manufactured in Taiwan and China, the recalled strollers were manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010. They were sold at REI, Babies R' Us and other children's product and sporting goods stores nationwide and online at

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between November 1998 and October 2011 for between $280 and $600.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled strollers until they remove the embroidery backing patch from the interior of the canopy's logo. Consumers may also contact B.O.B. Trailers at 855-242-2245 for instructions on removing the backing.

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recalled its Lean Cuisine Dinnertime Selects Chicken Fettuccini because of allergy concerns and mislabeling, according to an Oct. 10 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

Nestle said that a small quantity -- less than 200 packages -- of LEAN CUISINE Dinnertime Selects Lemon Garlic Shrimp product was inadvertently placed into packaging for LEAN CUISINE Dinnertime Selects Chicken Fettuccini and possibly shipped to grocers in Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State.

Four consumers who purchased the mislabeled product alerted Nestle to the issue.

The recalled product bore UPC code 13800-14880, was marked with a production code of 1253595911G and had a "best before" date of October 2012.

No illnesses or allergic reactions had been reported, however shrimp is an allergen and Nestlé strongly advised consumers who are allergic to shellfish and who have purchased the recalled product not to consume it to avoid the possibility of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

Consumers may contact Nestle at 1-800-542-6935 for a full refund of the product.

In one of the deadliest outbreaks of listeria in the U.S. in more than 10 years, at least 18 people have died and more than 100 have become ill across numerous states because of cantaloupe contaminated with listeria. Most of those who died were over the age of 60, while at least two were over 90.

The recall of Holly, Colo.-based Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe grown by

Jensen Farms

was initially reported Sept. 14 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall of cantaloupes has been expanded, according to Oct. 6 reports, to

Fruit Fresh Up

of Depew, N.Y.

The Fruit Fresh Up involved 4,800 individual packages of fresh cut cantaloupe and cut mixed fruit containing cantaloupe because of the potential for listeria contamination.

L.

monocytogenes

is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness (called listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness (called invasive listeriosis). Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The fresh cut fruit involved in this latest recall was sold between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11, and consisted of the following products: Cantaloupe Chunks, Cantaloupe Slices, Gourmet Fruit Salad, Small Fruit Salad, Small and Large Fruit Salad with Pineapple, Fruit Salad with Kiwi, and Fruit Trays. "Best-if-used-by" dates on the packages ranged from Sept. 4 through Sept. 11.

In the earlier recall, possibly contaminated products were shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA. The product sticker on the outside of the fruit was green and white and read "Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe," or gray, yellow and green sticker that read "Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords."

Jensen Farms requested that any consumer that may have one of the contaminated cantaloupes should destroy the product.

BUSA children's folding tent sold at IKEA stores were recalled due to laceration and puncture hazards, according to an Oct. 6 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 58,000 units were recalled in total, including 51,000 in the U.S. and 7,000 in Canada.

The steel wire frame of the tent can break, producing sharp wire ends that can protrude through the tent fabric, posing a laceration or puncture hazard.

Three incidents were reported, including one injury. No incidents were reported in the U.S. or Canada, however.

Manufactured in Vietnam, the BUSA children's folding tents were sold at IKEA stores from August 2011 through September 2011 for about $8.

Consumers were told to immediately take the recalled product away from children and return it to their nearest IKEA store for a full refund.

Yu Wei drop-side cribs were recalled because of entrapment and suffocation hazards, according to an Oct. 5 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 8,000 cribs were involved in the recall. The drop-side rails on the crib can malfunction, detach or unexpectedly fall down, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position. When this happens, a space is created into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and due to age-related wear and tear.

CPSC,

Yu Wei

and

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JCPenny, where the cribs were sold exclusively, are aware of nine incidents involving drop side rails that malfunctioned or detached, including one report of a child who sustained minor abrasions to the arm.

The recall involved Yu Wei full-size cribs sold under the Scroll and Lauren model names. The cribs were sold in antique white, pecan and dark cherry, with model numbers 343-8225 or 343-9117 listed on the inside of the crib's end panels.

Manufactured in Taiwan, the cribs were sold exclusively at jcpenney.com and in the J.C. Penney catalog from January 2006 through December 2010 for between $300 and $450.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Yu Wei at 877-806-8190 to get a free immobilizer kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, parents were encouraged to find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.

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recalled Mrs. Freshley's multipack cereal bars, according to an Oct. 4 U.S. FDA report, because they may contain undeclared non-fat dry milk.

People with dairy sensitivities or allergies to milk products may be at risk for serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the product.

Symptoms could include hives, wheezing, vomiting, anaphylaxis and digestive problems, such as bloating, gas or diarrhea.

No illnesses had been reported related to consumption of the recalled products.

Recalled food products included: Mrs. Freshley's Canadian Label Apple Cinnamon Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002400; Mrs. Freshley's Canadian Label Blueberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002387; and Mrs. Freshley's Canadian Label Strawberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002363.

The products were distributed to food and convenience stores in Canada's Quebec and Ontario provinces, as well as in the U.S. to discount stores in the dual-language (French/English) multipack carton.

Canadian and U.S. consumers who purchased the dual-language (English/French) labeled Mrs. Freshley's cereal bars with the UPC codes noted were urged to return them to the place of purchase for product replacement or refund.

Little Tikes

of Hudson, Ohio expanded an earlier recall of Little Tikes Workshop and Tool Sets because of choking hazards, according to Oct. 2 reports.

More than 1.7 million units were involved in the recall, expanding an earlier recall from August 2009 when 1.6 million toy workshop sets and trucks with the same toy nails were recalled.

The recalled workshop and tool sets have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children. Little Tikes reported two additional incidents, occurring prior to the August 2009 recall, of children who choked when the toy nail became lodged in their throat. Both children were treated in a hospital and made a full recovery.

Manufactured in the U.S. and China, the recalled products were sold across the U.S. at mass merchandise retailers like

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and online at

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Consumers were told to immediately take the toy nails away from young children and contact Little Tikes at 800-321-0183 for free replacement toy nails.

Kraft Foods

( KFT) recalled several varieties of Velveeta Shells & Cheese Microwaveable Cups due to the possible presence of small, thin wire bristle pieces, according to a Sept. 30 U.S. FDA report.

The following products were recalled: Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002322; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original Four Pack Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002339; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Made with 2% Milk Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002323; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Made with 2% Milk Four Pack Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002946; and Velveeta Rotini & Cheese Broccoli Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002318.

Limited "best when used by dates" were involved in the recall. A complete list can be viewed

here

.

There were no reports of consumer injuries or complaints, and Kraft Foods said it was issuing the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution.

Around 137,000 cases of the affected products were shipped to customers across the U.S., though none were distributed in Canada.

Consumers who purchased affected "best when used by" dates of these products were told not to eat them. They should return them to the store of purchase for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-308-1841.

Tyson Foods

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recalled tens of thousands of pounds of ground beef Wednesday because of an E. coli scare, according to Sept. 28 reports.

Tyson Fresh Meats of Emporia, Kan. recalled 131,300 pounds of beef, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. The government agency became aware of the possible E. coli contamination after Ohio health authorities reported a family's E. coli illness in the state. The Butler County family had ground beef in their home that tested positive for the bacterium.

The recalled ground beef was produced on Aug. 23, and included 5-pound chubs of

Kroger

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-brand "Ground Beef 73% Lean - 27% Fat," 3-pound chubs of Butcher's Brand "Ground Beef 73% Lean - 27% Fat," and 3-pound chubs of generic label "Ground Beef 73% Lean - 27% Fat." The recalled beef had a "BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY" date of "SEP 12 2011" and the establishment number "245D" ink jetted along the package seam.

The Kroger-branded beef was distributed in Tennessee and Indiana; Butcher's beef in North Carolina and South Carolina; and generic beef in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

E. Coli

0157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Young people, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall were instructed to contact Tyson at 866-328-3156.

K. Heeps

of Allentown, Penn., recalled thousands of pounds of pureed pork products because of the possible presence of foreign materials, according to a Sept. 26 U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

Around 5,500 pounds of

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"Puree Shaped Meats Country Style Pork and Binder Product" were involved in the recall.

Each box bears "EST. 9379" inside the USDA mark of inspection and a production code of 06/16/11. The pureed pork products were produced on June 16, 2011, and shipped to California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Vermont for institutional use.

The issue was discovered when two consumers reported finding small metal fragments in the pork. The report said the metal pieces may have broken off of the blending equipment during clean up and reassembly at the plant and subsequently entered the product.

No instances of illnesses or injury associated with consumption of the pork products were reported.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall were told to contact the company's Quality Assurance Manager, David Pychinka, at 610-530-5564.

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subsidiary

Pepperidge Farm

of Norwalk, Conn. recalled a limited quantity of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks because of the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire, according to a Sept. 22 U.S. FDA report.

The recall involved 10.2-ounce boxes of the snack sticks were affected by the recall.

Recalled products were marked with a yellow "20% More!" banner across the top of the package and had the following codes on the top package flap: W07*1781 Sell by 11/20/2011; W07*1891 Sell by 11/27/2011; W07*1921 Sell by 12/4/2011; W07*2041 Sell by 12/11/2011; W07*2061 Sell by 12/13/201; W07*2221 Sell by 1/1/2012.

No other Pepperidge Farm products were affected in the recall.

A small number of consumers reported minor scrapes in and around the mouth from consuming the recalled product, and Pepperidge Farm said it issued the voluntary recall to ensure the safety of others.

Around 13,000 cases of the recalled boxes of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks were shipped across the U.S., though none were distributed in Canada.

Consumers who purchased the product were told not to consume it. Consumers who possess the snack boxes with "Sell By" dates of 11/20/2011 through 1/1/2012 marked on the top package flaps should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with further questions may also can contact Pepperidge Farm at 866=535-3774.

Johnson & Johnson

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recalled thousands of prefilled syringes of its Eprex anemia drug, according to Sept. 26 reports.

The recall was issued because some batches may not be as potent as they should be. The recalled products were distributed in 17 countries, including Britain, France and Germany.

J&J said only around 6,300 likely remain on the market, while the remainder have likely already been used with no reports of adverse effects to consumers.

"The batches were already delivered to market quite a while ago, so we assume the majority has already been consumed," J&J spokesman Stefan Gijssels said. "The company is working with regulatory authorities in 17 countries to voluntarily execute a recall of two batches of Eprex as a safety precaution."

Eprex is sold in the U.S. under the brand name Procrit. It is used to primarily to help anemic chronic kidney disease patients avoid blood transfusions.

Bridgeway International of Naples, Fla. has recalled certain bicycles because of fall hazards, according to a Sept. 22 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 91,000 bicycles were involved in the recall.

The bicycle chain can break, causing a rider to lose control and fall, the report said. Bridgeway said it was aware of 11 reports of incidents, including nine reports of injuries, including lacerations and contusions.

The recall involved "NEXT"-branded men's 26-inch hybrid bicycles. The bicycles were red or orange. "Power X" and "Suspension" were printed on the frame. Model numbers LBH2611M and LBH2611M2 were included in the recall. The model number is located on the frame between the pedals.

Manufactured in China, the bicycles were sold at

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from February 2011 through July 2011 for about $100.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled bicycle and contact Bridgeway at 877-934-3228 for a free repair.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals

recalled millions of packages of 28-day packs of birth control pills because of packaging errors, according to a Sept. 15 FDA report.

Qualitest, a wholly owned subsidiary of

Endo Pharmaceuticals

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said select blisters of the oral contraceptive packs were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date no longer visible.

Due to the packaging error the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy, the report said.

No immediate health risks existed, however consumers who took the affected birth control pills were told to immediately start using non-hormonal forms of contraception, and to contact their health care provider or pharmacist.

The recall included the following products: Cyclafem 7/7/7; Cyclafem 1/35; Emoquette; Gildess FE 1.5/30; Gildess FE 1/20; Orsythia; Previfem; and Tri-Previfem.

Affected lot numbers can be seen

here

.

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recalled Chefmate blenders due to laceration hazards, according to a Sept. 15 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 304,000 Chefmate 6-speed blenders, manufactured by Select Brands of Lenaxa, Kan. were involved in the recall.

While in operation, the plastic pitcher can separate from the blade assembly, leaving the blade assembly in the base and exposing the rotating blades, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Target and the U.S. CPSC received 11 reports of the blade assembly separating from the pitcher, seven of which reported serious lacerations to consumers' fingers and hands.

The recall involved Chefmate 6-Speed Blenders, model BL-10.

Manufactured in China, the blenders were sold exclusively at Target nationwide from September 2007 to February 2011 for about $14.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the blenders and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

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recalled several models of lawn tractors due to laceration hazards, overheating and fire hazards, and brake failures, according to U.S. CPSC reports on Sept. 14 and 16.

Around 15,500 lawn tractors, including model numbers D100, D110, D120 and D130, were recalled for laceration hazards. Hardware used to hold the mower blade brake assemblies on the mower decks can break, which can cause the mower blades to spin longer than normal after the operator turns off the power, posing a laceration hazard.

Manufactured in the U.S., they were sold at John Deere dealers,

Lowe's

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, and

Home Depot

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stores nationwide from December 2010 through September 2011 for between $1,500 and $2,000.

The 5,200 D100 lawn tractors were also recalled because of brake failures that can cause loss of control. The recalled lawn tractors were green with yellow seats and mower decks. The model number is located on both sides of the tractor's hood. Tractors with the serial numbers 1GXD100A...BB051247 through 1GXD100A...BB053312 and 1GXD100E...BB114388 through 1GXD100E...BB139599 were included in the recall. Serial numbers are located under the right rear fender.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact Deere at 800-537-8233 for a free hardware inspection and repair.

Around 36,500 John Deere X300, X300R and X304 series tractors, powered by Kawasaki engines, were then recalled on Sept. 16 due to overheating and fire hazards.

The cooling fan (A) installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor can break. If the cooling fan is not operational, the engine can overheat causing the surrounding plastic to melt, creating the risk of fire and serious injury. There were 163 reports of brake failure, including 83 reports of engine melting or engine fires and one report of a minor burn injury following a fan failure fire.

Consumers of the recalled X300, X300R and X304 series tractors were also told to immediately stop using the mowers and contact a John Deere dealer to make arrangements to have the engine cooling fan replaced. All registered owners of the recalled mowers will be directly notified by John Deere.

Honda Motor

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recalled hundreds of thousands of Pilot SUVs, model years 2009 through 2011, because of faulty seat belts, according to a Sept. 12 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.

Around 310,773 Honda Pilot vehicles were involved in the recall.

The stitching that holds the front seat belt laps together may be incomplete or missing and could cause the belt to detach, which could be dangerous to riders if a crash or accident occurs.

Honda said the recall would begin around Oct. 3, and that it instructed dealers to inspect the belts, replacing any that have the default.

The recalled SUVs were built between March 13, 2008 and Aug. 30, 2011.

Concerned Honda Pilot owners were told to call Honda 800-999-1009 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Just last week, Honda recalled around 1 million cars, including nearly 100,000 in the U.S. The recall involved 80,111 model year 2006 CR-V sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a faulty power window master switch, and 5,626 model year 2011 CR-Z small hybrids requiring updates to the software that control the hybrid electric motor. The remainder of the recalled vehicles was outside the U.S.

Watkins

recalled 7.7 ounce containers of SoyNilla, a soy beverage mix, because of an undeclared milk ingredient, according to a Sept. 12 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

The Winona, Minn., company recalled 1,535 units of the individual containers of SoyNilla because of the allergen.

People with dairy sensitivities or allergies to milk products may be at risk for serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the product.

Symptoms could include hives, wheezing, vomiting, anaphylaxis and digestive problems, such as bloating, gas or diarrhea.

No illnesses had been reported related to the recalled product.

The recalled SoyNilla product was distributed across the U.S. through the Watkins network of independent contractors, associates and mail orders.

Cargill Meat Solutions

recalled tens of thousands of pounds of ground turkey, its second such recall in two months, because of possible contamination with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella, according to a Sept. 11 U.S. Food Safety and Inspection report.

The Springdale, Ark., company recalled 185,000 pounds of ground turkey in the latest recall.

The recalled turkey products were distributed nationwide under a variety of brands, including Honeysuckle White, HEB and

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.

Newly recalled turkey was produced on Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31. The products bear the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who become infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If, in rare instances, salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The strain of salmonella Heidelberg involved in this recall is the identical strain from the Aug. 3 recall, when Cargill recalled around 36 million pounds of ground turkey. That recall killed one person in California and sickened nearly 80 others across 26 states around the U.S.. The USDA said in August it was one of the biggest meat recalls on record.

Production at the Cargill plant where the ground turkey was processed had been halted, and the company had said it would not start it up again until the source of the salmonella strain could be pinpointed and actions were taken to address it. Even so, the new recall occurred.

Consumers were told to return the recalled turkey products to the point of purchase.

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Pottery Barn stores has recalled Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls because of strangulation hazards, according to a Sept. 8 United States Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 81,000 dolls were recalled in the U.S., plus an additional 1,300 in Canada.

The hair on the Chloe and Sophie dolls may contain loops that are large enough to fit around a child's head and neck, and the headband on the Audrey doll, if loosened, can form a loop that fits around a child's head and neck. These loops can pose a strangulation hazard, the report said.

Pottery Barn received five reports of dolls with looped hair, including one in which a loop of the Chloe doll's hair was found around the neck of a 21-month old child, though the child was not injured.

Manufactured in China, the recalled dolls were sold exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids stores, online at potterybarnkids.com and through Pottery Barn Kids catalogs from July 2006 to April 2011 for about $40.

Consumers were told to immediately take the dolls away from children and cut the looped hair of the Chloe and Sophie dolls and remove the headband of the Audrey doll in order to eliminate the strangulation hazards.

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recalled Embark Resistance Cords and Cord Kits due to injury hazards, according to a Sept. 8 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 447,000 units were recalled.

A black plastic ball attached to the resistance cord's door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user, posing an injury hazard to consumers, the report said.

Target received three reports of incidents in which consumers were struck in the eye by the door anchor ball. Two incidents resulted in permanent vision loss, and the severity of the injury in the third incident is unknown.

The Embark Light, Embark Medium, Embark Heavy and Embark Resistance Cord Kit were all involved in the recall.

Manufactured in China, the Embark products were sold exclusively at Target stores and Target.com from July 2009 through August 2011 for between $10 and $20.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the resistance cords and remove the door anchor strap before resuming use or contact the company at 800-440-0680 to receive instructions to repair the cords to eliminate the hazard.

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recalled around 1 million cars, including nearly 100,000 in the U.S., according to Sept. 6 reports.

The recall involved 80,111 model year 2006 CR-V sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a faulty power window master switch, and 5,626 model year 2011 CR-Z small hybrids requiring updates to the software that control the hybrid electric motor. The remainder of the recalled vehicles was outside the U.S.

In the recalled CR-Vs, the power window master switch may allow a buildup of residue from interior cleaners causing electrical contacts to degrade and catch on fire.

The CR-Z hybrids were recalled because of the needed software update; Honda said the issue may cause the vehicles to roll backward unexpectedly if the gasoline engine stalls when the battery has little charge and the transmission is in gear. In this instance, the electric motor may rotate opposite to what the driver selected by the transmission. Without the brakes engaged when this occurs, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly which could lead to vehicle crash.

No injuries had been reported related to either recall.

Vehicle owners will be notified of the recall later in September.

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Quaker Oats brand recalled its Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel Snack Bars, according to a Sept. 2 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

Eight-count boxes of the snack bars were recalled because of undeclared milk allergens not written on the labels. People with dairy sensitivities or allergies to milk products may be at risk for serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the product.

The affected product recall was limited to Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars with the UPC bar code ending in 31108 and best before dates: Oct 29 11 RB, Oct 30 11 MM, Oct 30 11 RB, Nov 22 11 RB, Nov 23 11 RB, Nov 24 11 RB, Nov 27 11 RB, Dec 22 11 RB, Dec 22 11 MM, Dec 23 11 RB, Dec 23 11 MM, Dec 24 11 RB, Dec 24 11 MM stamped on the side of the package.

Consumers with milk allergies who purchased the product were told to return it to the retailer where it was purchased for a full refund.

No other Quaker Chewy Smashbar, Quaker Chewy granola bars or Quaker products, including the 40-count Quaker Chewy Smashbar variety pack sold at club stores such as

Costco

( WINN) were involved in the recall.

Safeway

( WINN) grocery stores recalled Signature Café Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad because of undeclared egg ingredients in the dressing packet, according to an Aug. 27 press release in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The recalled salads were produced by Taylor Farms, So Ono Food Products and Triple B.

Recalled products in the lower 48 states included UPC code 21130-06250 and Use By Dates of Aug. 20, 2011 to Sept. 4, 2011. In Alaska the UPC code was 21130-06250 and Use By Dates were Aug. 20, 2011 to Aug. 30, 2011. In Hawaii the UPC code was 21130-06915 and Use By Dates were Aug. 20, 2011 to Sept. 1, 2011. Use By dates are located on the top label of the package.

The recalled salad products were sold at all Safeway and Safeway-owned stores, including Carrs, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Pak 'N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons.

Consumers with egg allergies who purchased the recalled Signature Cafe Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads were told to discard them or return them to their local store for a full refund.

Vita Food Products

of Chicago recalled packages of Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to an Aug. 26 U.S. FDA report.

Vita recalled 8,088 individual retail 4-oz. packages of the salmon. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No confirmed instances of illnesses or complaints related to the recalled product had been reported, Vita said, though it was closely monitoring the situation.

Around 7,260 of the retail packages were sold at

Publix

stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama,

Safeway

( WINN) stores in California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and District of Columbia,

Meijer

stores in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky,

Vons

stores in California,

Genuardi's

stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,

Winn Dixie

( WINN) stores in Florida, and the

Edgewater Produce

store in Chicago, IL on or after July 25 of this year.

The FDA report said another 828 individual retail packages of this same product may have been sold or are being offered for sale at various grocery stores in the Buffalo, N.Y. and Pittsburgh, Pa. metropolitan areas and Northeast Ohio.

The SELL BY Date and Code of DEC 15 2011 01961B is centered in the window on the front of each package involved in the recall.

Target

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expanded an earlier recall of step stools with storage due to fall hazards, according to an Aug. 23 U.S. CPSC report.

The original recall was announced on Aug. 4, and involved 206,000 step stools. The current recall involves around 341,000. The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard.

Target received 27 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. There were 14 incidents involving children, eight involving adults, and five where the user's age was unknown. Of the reports, two adults suffered wrist fracture, one of whom also fractured her hip and pelvis. Additionally, six children and one adult suffered scrapes and bruises.

Affected step stools included the Circo step stool in white, natural and natural & red, as well as Do Your Room (DYR) in natural, honey, white, pink and blue. For exact UPC numbers and selling periods for the affected products click

here

.

Manufactured in China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand, the stools were sold at Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from January 2007 through October 2010 for between $25 and $30.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the step stools and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund, or contact Target at 800-440-0680 with questions.

Office Depot

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recalled Realspace PRO 3000 Series Desk Chairs because of a pinch hazard, according to an Aug. 18 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 34,000 units were recalled in the U.S., plus an additional 425 in Canada. Consumers' fingers can get caught in the opening of the chair's tilt mechanism, posing a pinch hazard, the report said.

Office Depot received one report of a consumer who was injured when his finger was pinched by the chair's tilt mechanism.

The recall involved Realspace PRO 3000 Series Custom Fit desk chairs sold in black with SKU number 996-190. Affected chairs had a manufacture date between March 2009 and May 2011, listed in Year/Month/Date format (e.g. date code 20100812 represents August 12, 2010).

Manufactured in China by Huichang Furniture, the recalled chairs were sold exclusively at Office Depot and online at OfficeDepot.com between May 2009 and June 2011 for about $170.

Consumers were told to stop using the chair and contact Office Depot at 855-259-5093 to receive a free repair kit with a cover for the tilt mechanism. Consumers should write down the P.O. number found on the underside of the chair for reference when contacting Office Depot.

Macy's

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recalled Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles due to laceration and burn hazards, according to an Aug. 18 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 960,000 casseroles were involved in the recall. The enamel coating on the cast iron casseroles can crack and break during use, causing the cracked enamel to fly off as a projectile, posing a risk of laceration or burn hazard to the user or bystanders.

Macy's received two reports of the enamel cracking and flying off during use, though no injuries were reported.

Recalled casseroles included the Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles in 7 quart, 5.5 quart and 2.75 quart sizes, with exterior enamel finishes in red, cobalt blue, sand, green, blue, white, mustard, brown and teal, with cream colored interior finishes. The casseroles were embossed with Martha Stewart Collection on the bottom and lid handle.

Manufactured in China, the casseroles were sold at Macy's stores and AAFES, MCX and NEX locations nationwide, and on macys.com between June 2007 and June 2011 for between about $25 and $170.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the casseroles and return them to Macy's for a full refund.

phil&ted's USA

of Fort Collins, Colo., recalled its "metoo" clip-on chairs due to fall and amputation hazards, according to an Aug. 17 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 54,000 clip-on chairs were involved in the recall. Missing or worn clamp pads allow the chairs to detach from a variety of different table surfaces, posing a fall hazard. Also, when the chair detaches, children's fingers can be caught between the bar and clamping mechanism, posing an amputation hazard. Additionally, user instructions for the chairs are inadequate, increasing the likelihood of consumer misuse.

phil&ted's received 19 reports of chairs falling from different table surfaces, including five reports with injuries. Two of those reported involved children's fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. The three other reports of injury involved bruising after a chair detached suddenly and a child struck the table or floor.

Manufactured in China, the chairs were sold at

Buy Buy Baby

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,

Target

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,

Toys R Us

and other online sites; philandteds.com;

Amazon.com

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; other online retailers; and a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores from May 2006 to May 2011 for between $40 and $50.

Consumers were told to stop using the product immediately and contact phil&ted's at 855-652-9019 to receive a free repair kit and revised user instructions. Consumers who previously received a repair kit with only rubber boots should also stop using the chair and contact the company for the new repair kit.

Radio Flyer

recalled its Scoot 'n Zoom children's riding toy due to fall hazards, according to an Aug. 16 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 165,000 riding toys were involved in the recall. The riding toy can tip over allowing a child to fall forward while riding, posing a fall hazard to young children.

There were 10 reported incidents of involving the recalled toys, with six injuries, the report said. Three of the injuries resulted in children's teeth loosened or removed, and three with chin lacerations requiring stitches.

Manufactured in the U.S., the Scoot 'n Zooms were sold at

Wal-Mart

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and other retailers, and online at

Amazon.com

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and

Target.com

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from August 2010 through August 2011 for about $20.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Radio Flyer at 800-621-7613 to receive a free replacement unit or refund.

Winn-Dixie

( WINN) recalled its Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink" because of mislabeling and undeclared allergens, according to an Aug. 16 FDA report.

The products were recalled from Winn-Dixie's dairy department because they may have been mislabeled and may contain the undeclared allergen of wheat. People with sensitivities or allergies to wheat protein can suffer moderate-acute allergic reactions if they consume it.

The Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink" was sold in the dairy departments of Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores. They came in 128-oz. (one gallon) clear plastic bottle swith a yellow bottle cap, and were marked with the UPC code 21140-29830.

The recalled product was sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. No reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled product were known to Winn-Dixie.

"We encourage guests with any concerns to return the product for a full refund, no questions asked," said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie's group vice president of marketing.

Consumers with questions or any doubt were told to return the product to their neighborhood Winn-Dixie or SaveRite store for a full refund or exchange.

Certain lots of products containing Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Rapid Release Gelcaps were recalled as

Johnson & Johnson's

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division plant continued to cause problems for the drugmaker more than a year after the Fort Washington facility was closed.

The gelcaps, both in Nighttime and Day/Night packages, sold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, were recalled, according to an Aug. 16 report from McNeil. This marked the fifth recall of McNeil products in 2011.

The recall was instituted because of too-high levels of Chlorpheniramine Ammonio Acetate (CPAA), though no safety concerns were cited by McNeil.

McNeil said the recall was aimed at wholesalers and retailers, such as drug stores like

Rite Aid

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,

Walgreens

(WAG)

and

CVS

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.

Consumers may still use the recalled products, McNeil said.

Lot and UPC numbers involved in the recall were: Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime Rapid Release Gels 24 RR Gelcaps (AMA277, APA059, APA162, ASA025, APA237, ASA072, ASA208, BAA008; UPC - 300450395245); Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Rapid Release Gels Day/night 12+8 RR Gelcaps (AMF034, BAF005, BAF027, BCF080; UPC - 300450396204) and Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Rapid Release Gels Day/night 36+24 RR Gelcaps (BBF001, BCF060, BCF079; UPC - 300450396600).

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General Motors

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recalled thousands of new vehicles in the U.S. for inspection of power steering hoses in 2012 Chevrolet Impalas and to reprogram software in some 2012 Buick LaCrosse models, according to an Aug. 15 U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Around 10,344 Chevrolet Impalas were involved in the recall after a defect in the power steering hoses was discovered at the Canadian plant where that model of vehicle is built. All recalled vehicles were built at the Oshawa, Ontario, plant between April 19 and July 29, 2011.

The recalled Impalas' upper power steering hose could have been misrouted, coming in too close proximity to the catalytic converter. When the car engine is one, heat from the catalytic converter could melt the power steering hose, causing power steering fluid to flow onto it. This could cause an engine compartment fire.

Another 4,070 Buick LaCrosse vehicles were recalled because the electronic brake control module was improperly calibrated. This can prevent the StabiliTrak electronic stability system from detecting malfunction of a sensor, and therefore fail to light up the system warning light. The electronic stability system can also falsely activate. All of this could lead to sudden vehicle handling and deceleration changes,which means drivers could lose control of the vehicle while in motion and cause a sudden crash.

Recalled LaCross vehicles were manufactured between June 9 and July 2, 2011.

GM said it had received no reports of crashes, injuries or complaints related to either recall.

GM dealers were told to inspect affected Impalas and replace the upper power steering hose if necessary, free of charge. The dealers will also reprogram the electronic brake control module on LaCrosse models, free of charge.

Concerned Chevrolet Impala owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438; Buick LaCrosse owners cam contact Buick at 866-608-8080.

Kroger

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,

Winn-Dixie Stores

( WINN) and

Publix Super Markets

recalled ground beef because of possible E. coli O157:H7 bacteria contamination, according to an Aug. 12 U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

The recalled beef products were sold in a several southern states including Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

Affected products include packages of ground beef, patties, meatloaf and meatballs.

The recall involved around 60,000 pounds of ground beef, all produced by National Beef Packing of Dodge City, Kan.

E. Coli

0157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Young people, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall were told to contact National Beef Packaging's Vice President of Marketing, Keith Welty, at 816-713-8631.

Whole Foods Market

(WFM)

recalled two beer-flavored marinades because of undeclared allergens in the ingredients, according to an Aug. 12 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

The recalled marinades were sold at Whole Foods stores in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Princeton and Marlton, N.J., and Washington, D.C.

The recall involved Whole Foods Market Stout Beer Marinade with UPC code 000000305716, and Whole Foods Market Lager Beer Marinade UPC code 000000305723, both made in Landover, Md. The marinades were sold in 15-ounce plastic bottles between July 3 and Aug. 3, 2011.

No reports of allergic reactions had been reported, however people with allergies or severe sensitivities to soy or wheat run the risk of serious or life threatening reactions if they consume products with these ingredients.

Whole Foods posted signs in their stores notifying customers of the recall.

Customers who purchased the recalled marinades were told they can return the products to the store for a full refund. They may also contact Whole Foods at 301-683-0060 with questions.

Honda Motor

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recalled certain model years 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accords, 2007-2010 CR-Vs and 2005-2008 Element vehicles, according to Aug. 5 reports.

The car company's recall involved around 2.5 million vehicles around the world, including 1.5 million the U.S. with the remainder in China. The recall also covered vehicles in Canada, Mexico, South America and parts of the Middle East.

The recall was instituted because of problems with the automatic transmission installation, with complaints from drivers of engine stalls and vehicles shifting out park. There were 113 claims of incidents, including 45 engine stalls and 11 claims of vehicles moving, shifting out of park.

Quick transmission shifting between the reverse, neutral and drive positions can damage the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing. A damaged bearing can cause engine stall or make it difficult for the driver to engage the park gear.

Honda said it would update the automatic transmission software to prevent further damages and ease transition between gears, reducing the potential for damage to the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing.

Honda said it would begin to notify vehicle owners of the recall on Aug. 31.

Cargill Meat Solutions

recalled around 36 million pounds of ground turkey because of possible contamination with a multi-drug-resistant strain of salmonella, according to an Aug. 3 U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

Health authorities may have linked the Cargill ground turkey to a strain of salmonella that killed one person in California and sickened nearly 80 others across 26 states around the U.S. The USDA said it was one of the biggest meat recalls on record.

Production at the Cargill plant where the ground turkey was processed was halted, and the company said it won't start it up again until the source of the salmonella strain can be pinpointed and actions are taken to address it.

All packages of recalled ground turkey bear the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Recalled meat products, both fresh and frozen, were produced at Cargill's Springdale, Ark., plant between Feb 20 and Aug. 2 of this year

The recalled turkey products were distributed nationwide under a variety of brands, including Honeysuckle White, Riverside Ground Turkey, Natural Lean Ground Turkey, Fit & Active Lean Ground Turkey, Spartan Ground Turkey and Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Burgers. Some of the recalled ground turkey was packaged under store brands including HEB,

Safeway

( WINN),

Kroger

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, Randall's, Tom Thumb and Giant Eagle grocery store brands. Some of the recalled product was sold without labels, and/or was distributed to food service establishments.

Consumers were told to return the recalled turkey products to the point of purchase.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who become infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If, in rare instances, salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

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recalled its Love.Hugs.Peace label pins because they were in violation of lead paint standards, according to an Aug. 4 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 26,500 pins were recalled in the U.S., plus another 2,200 in Canada, because surface paints on the label pin contain excessive levels of lead, prohibited under federal law.

No injuries were reported.

Manufactured in China, the pins were sold at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide and online at www.buildabear.com from July 2009 through October 2010 for $3.50 in the U.S. and $4 (CDN) in Canada.

Consumers were told to stop using the recalled lapel pin and return them to any Build-A-Bear Workshop store to receive a $5 store coupon. Consumers may also contact Build-A-Bear Workshop at 866-236-5683 for alternate instructions on receiving a refund.

Chrysler, run by

Fiat

recalled a number of model year 2008 minivans, including Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan because of air bag defects, according to an Aug. 4 Department of Transportation report.

Around 299,718 vehicles were involved in the recall, manufactured between June 24, 2007, and July 30, 2008.

The minivans may experience a heating and air conditioning (HVAC) condensate leak from the HVAC drain grommet onto the occupant restraint control (ORC) module, which can lead to the illumination of the airbag warning light and a potential inadvertent airbag deployment without warning.

An inadvertent airbag deployment could result in injury to the seat occupant in front of the deploying airbag and/or a vehicle crash.

Dealers were instructed to replace the affected airbag free of charge.

The safety recall was expected to begin during August 2011.

Owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403.

Ford Motor

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recalled more than 1 million trucks because of faulty fuel tank straps, according to an Aug. 4 Department of Transportation report.

Around 1.1 million Ford F-150 (model years 1997 through 2003), F-250 (model years 1997 through 1999) and Lincoln Blackwood (model years 2002-2003) trucks were involved in the recall.

Ford said the recall was instituted because prolonged exposure to road de-icing chemicals may cause severe corrosion of the fuel tank straps that secure the tank to the vehicle.

As a result of the corrosion, one or both straps may fail, causing the fuel lines to separate from the tank, or in some cases, causing the tank to contact the ground. Either scenario may result in a fuel leak presenting a fire hazard, the report said.

Ford said it would notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the fuel tank straps replaced with straps that have increased corrosion protection. Dealers also may install a cable support under existing straps as an interim repair or a steel reinforcement over the existing strap as a permanent repair. Any repairs will be performed free of charge.

The safety recall was expected to begin on or around Sept. 12, 2011.

Owners may contact Ford Motor's customer relationship center at 866-436-7332.

Caterpillar

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recalled 925 engines and will pay a $2.6 million penalty because the engines failed to meet emission control standards, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The engines, built between 2001 and 2005, were incorrectly labeled, and Caterpillar did not report emission controls. The engines released excess nitrogen oxides and other pollutants that can cause respiratory illness and aggravate asthma symptoms.

"The enforcement of vehicle emissions standards, labeling and reporting requirements is critical to protecting the air we breathe and ensuring that companies play by the rules," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The "settlement will protect public health and create a level playing field for companies that meet their environmental obligations."

Shipping engines without correctly addressing after-treatment devices, including catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters that control exhaust emissions, violates the Clean Air Act.

The EPA also asserted that Caterpillar incorrectly configured the recalled engines' fuel injector and map settings, producing excess emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

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Purina PetCare recalled some of its Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food due to health risks and salmonella contamination, according to a July 29 U.S. FDA report.

A limited number of 3.5- and 7-pound bags of the cat food from a single production run were recalled. The recalled product was shipped to customers in 12 states in December 2010.

The "Best by" date and production code included in the recall was MAY 2012 03341084 with UPC codes 17800 01885 and 17800 01887.

No additional Purina cat or dog products were involved in the recall.

Consumers with the recalled product were told to immediately stop feeding the product to their pet and discard it.

Salmonella can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems. Salmonella can also affect animals, and humans are at risk if they handle the contaminated pet products. Humans who become infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If, in rare instances, salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The affected Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food was distributed to customers in California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin, who may have further distributed the product to other states.

Consumers with questions or who wish to obtain a refund may contact Nestle Purina PetCare at 800-982-6559.

Explorer and Hammerhead Strollers were recalled by

phil&teds

of Fort Collins, Colo., due to risk of injury from brake failure, according to a July 28 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 7,400 Explorer strollers were recalled in the U.S., plus another 1,900 in Canada. Around 160 Hammerhead strollers were recalled in the U.S., plus another 65 in Canada.

The brake mechanism on the strollers can fail, posing an injury hazard, the report said. Eight incidents were reported globally, though none were in North America and no injuries were sustained.

Affected serial numbers included 0610/0001 to 0111/4788 (June 2010, unit #1, to January 2011, unit #4788).

Manufactured in China, the recalled strollers were sold online at philandteds.com, pishposhbaby.com, and albeebaby.com; at

Babies R Us

; and at specialty juvenile retailers in the United States and Canada including online retailers like

Amazon.com

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from August 2010 through June 2011 for between $475 and $500.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the strollers and contact phil&teds to arrange to receive a upgraded brake assembly. Explorer owners will receive a new frame fitted with an upgraded brake assembly. Consumers can perform an in-home swap out of the affected frame. Hammerhead owners will receive a pre-paid return shipping container in order to return the stroller to phil&teds where the brake assembly will be replaced and the stroller returned.

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branded Pogo sticks were recalled due to fall and laceration hazards, according to a July 29 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 159,000 units were recalled. Disney licensed its brand name to distributor

Bravo Sports

of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

The bottom rubber tip attached to the pogo stick frame can wear out prematurely, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Also, the end caps on the handlebars can come off, exposing sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Bravo and CPSC received 82 reports of the bottom tip wearing out on the pogo sticks, including five reports of injuries. In one injury, a 9-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture and chipped a tooth. Another 9-year-old girl cut her lip and chin, requiring stitches. Other injuries included scrapes, hits to the head and teeth pushed in.

Recalled models of the pogo sticks included the Disney Hannah Montana Pogo Stick, the Disney/Pixar Toy Story Cruising Cool Pogo Stick, the Disney/Pixar Cars Pogo Stick, the Disney Princess Pogo Stick and the Disney Fairies Cruising Cool Pogo Stick.

Manufactured in China, the pogo sticks were sold at Burlington Coat Factory,

Sears Holdings'

(SHLD)

Kmart, Kohls.com,

Target

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and Toys R Us from February 2009 through June 2011 for about $20.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the pogo sticks and contact Bravo Sports at 855-469-3429for a full refund.

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Fisher-Price brand recalled Little People Builders' Load 'n Go Wagons due to laceration hazards, according to a July 28 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 208,000 units were recalled in the U.S., plus an additionally 2,800 in Canada.

Imported by the Fisher-Price of East Aurora, N.Y., the back of the wagon's plastic handle has molded-in reinforcement, a design that adds stiffness and facilitates children gripping the handle. The handle poses a laceration hazard if a child falls on it, the report said.

There were seven reports of injuries involving the recalled products, including five incidents of children requiring surgical glue or stitches.

Manufactured in Mexico, the Little People Builders' Load 'n Go Wagons were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide including

Wal-Mart

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from June 2009 through July 2011 for around $25.

Consumers were told to immediately take the recalled wagons away from children and contact Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437 for instructions on how to obtain a free repair kit.

On July 27,

Starbucks

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expanded a previous recall of food products supplied by

Flying Food Group

and sold in Starbucks retail stores in Alabama and Georgia due to potential health concerns.

All Flying Food Group products with "Enjoy By" dates of July 15 through July 26, 2011, were involved in the recall, including 21 Starbucks products such as the Salumi and Cheese Bistro Box and the Chicken Lettuce Wraps Bistro Box.

A complete listing of recalled Flying Food Group products can be viewed

here

.

Recalled products included sandwiches, parfaits, wraps, plates and salads because of potential listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recall also affected

Core-mark Atlanta Division

, distributed in Alabama, Georgia and Florida; and

Race Trac

, distributed in Georgia.

Starbucks said the recall only affected its stores in Alabama and Georgia, and that it had received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

On July 25 Starbucks removed all Flying Food Group products from their Alabama and Georgia stores.

Those products will be temporarily unavailable to Starbucks consumers and will be replaced with comparable products from other production facilities.

Honeywell International

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recalled Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats due to burn hazards, according to a July 28 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 77,000 units were recalled by Honeywell of Morris Township, N.J., because the thermostats can overheat, causing them to melt and smoke, which poses a burn hazard to consumers.

Honeywell has received 16 reports of thermostats melting, though there were no reports of injuries.

Recalled products included Honeywell brands with model numbers CT1950A1003, CT1950B1002, CT1957A1008, T4700B1014 and T4700A1016, as well as CADET brand with model numbers T4700B1030 and T4700A1040.

Manufactured in Singapore, the units were sold at home improvement stores such as

Home Depot

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, HVAC and electrical stores, and contractors from January 2000 to December 2007 for between $80 and $300.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled thermostats by setting the thermostats to 45 degrees or turning them off. Only models with a "B" in the model number have an off switch. Consumers should contact Honeywell at 888-235-7363 for a free replacement installed by Honeywell.

On July 26

Pilgrim's Pride

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expanded a recall of ready-to-eat chicken products due to potential contamination from Listeria Monocytogenes.

The expanded recall involved around 7,072 pounds of Pilgrim's Pride Brand Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Nuggets that were shipped to 57

Dollar General

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stores in the following states: West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled product was sold in 2-pound bags and carried the best-by date of June 2, 2012 and UPC number 77013 16224.

It was produced in the Pilgrim's plant in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Pilgrim's said it was working closely with Dollar General to locate all of the recalled product.

Pilgrim's said it was unaware of any illnesses or adverse reactions resulting from the consumption of the recalled product. Consumers concerned about an illness were told to contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall were told to contact Pilgrim's at 800-321-1470.

Ross Stores

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recalled its acacia chairs because of fall hazards, according to a July 22 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

About 1,200 chairs were recalled because they can collapse when weight is placed on them, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Ross said it received five reports of chair collapses; four minor injuries were reported.

The recalled chairs have a natural finish made of acacia wood with SKU number 400058432585 or 400058432608 printed on the price tag. The price tag is white and located on the front of the seatâ¿¿s chair.

Manufactured in Vietnam, the acacia chairs were sold at Ross Stores nationwide between March 2011 and May 2011 for about $40.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using these chairs and return them to any Ross Store for a full refund.

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Homelite Consumer Products

recalled its Surface Cleaner Attachments because of laceration hazards, according to a July 21 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 40,000 units were recalled in the U.S., with another 1,200 in Canada, because the surface cleaner attachment's nozzle and spray bar can break and detach, striking and/or breaking the unit's plastic housing. The broken nozzle, spray bar and/or plastic housing can strike consumers, posing a laceration hazard.

Homelite Consumer Products received nine reports of incidents involving the recall product, including one laceration injury and three reports of minor property damage.

Manufactured in China, the surface cleaner attachments were sold at

Home Depot

( HDT) nationwide from February 2010 through June 2011 for about $70 when sold as an attachment and about $450 when sold with a pressure washer.

They were sold with Homelite pressure washer models HL80833 and HL80835. They were sold separately as Powercare model AP31022A and EZ Clean model AEZ231022.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled surface cleaner attachments, and contact Homelite at 800-867-9624 to receive a free replacement surface cleaner attachment.

Target

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recalled Circo Children's Task Lamps because of laceration and fire hazards, according to a July 20 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 13,000 lamps were recalled because they can overheat, causing the adhesive inside the lamp socket to melt and migrate into the bulb area of the socket. The cooled glue can adhere to the light bulb base and make the bulb difficult to remove, which can result in a broken light bulb, posing a risk of laceration to consumers. Melted flammable glue that migrates onto the electrical components of the lamp poses a risk of fire.

Target said it received six reports of glue on the lamp socket melting and migrating into the bulb area of the socket, though no injuries were reported.

Four styles of the children's task lamp were included in the recall with the names Striped, Sports, Dot or Flower Dot.

Manufactured in China, the lamps were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide, and Target.com, from January 2011 to April 2011 for about $13.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the lamps and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund.

Agromod Produce

of McAllen, Texas recalled all papayas because of potential salmonella contamination, according to a July 23 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who become infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If, in rare instances, salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Agromod's fresh, whole papayas were distributed nationwide and to Canada through retail stores and wholesalers.

Agromod recalled

ALL

Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas sold prior to July 23, 2011.

The papayas were imported from Mexico, and are possibly linked to 97 reported cases of Salmonella Agona, including 10 hospitalizations, in 23 states throughout the U.S.

Consumers who purchased the Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas were urged to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact Agromod at 800-385-7658.

According to a July 25 U.S. Department of Transportation report,

Ford Motor

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recalled a wide range of vehicles and parts including: Model year 2011 Ranger trucks built from Jan. 25, 2011 through April 25, 2011 at the Twin Cities assembly plant; service parts distributed to dealers for certain 2004 through 2011 model year Ranger trucks; model years 2002-2005 Excursion vehicles; model years 2002-2007 F-250, %-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks.

Around 26,715 units of vehicles and parts were recalled for failing to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108 concerning lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment. The multi-function switch was shipped with a subcomponent (slider) that may experience deformation. That could lead to malfunction, causing the turn signal, tail lights, hazard warning signal flashers and/or brake lights not to activate. Non-function lights can increase the risk of vehicle crash.

Dealers were told to replace the switches free of charge. The safety recall was expected to begin on or about Aug. 15. Owners may contact the Ford Motor customer relationship center at 866-436-7332.

Separately, Ford Motor also recalled model year 2007 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego vehicles manufactured from Sept. 5, 2006 through Sept. 11, 2006. Around 2,945 units were affected by the recall.

Ford said the fuel tanks may not have consistent welds between the fuel tank and fuel filler neck spud which can affect the strength of the joint. Some fuel tank spud welds may not provide the expected strength in the event of a severe rear impact to the vehicle. An improper weld can result in a crack in the joint which could illuminate the emissions malfunction indicator light, cause a fuel odor, or allow fuel to leak out. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire, the report said.

Dealers were told to replace the fuel tank free of charge. The safety recall was expected to begin on or about Aug. 15. Owners may contact the Ford Motor customer relationship center at 866-436-7332.

According to a July 25 U.S. Department of Transportation report,

Honda Motor

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recalled certain model years 2008-2010 ST1300 motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2007 through May 27, 2010; model years 2008-2010 ST1300A motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 7, 2007 through April 6, 2010; and model year 2009 ST1300PA Police motorcycles manufactured from N0v. 18, 2008 through Dec. 8, 2009.

Around 2,232 units were affected by the recall.

Honda said that when the rear suspension of the motorcycle is repeatedly bottomed out (fully compressed), the rear brake reservoir hose may become damaged and leak brake fluid.

If this happens the rider will experience a loss of rear brake performance or function, which increases the risk of a crash.

Dealers were told to replace the rear brake reservoir hose free of charge. The safety recall was expected to begin on or before July 26.

Owners may contact Honda at 800-999-1009.

Willamette Valley Fruit Company

of Salem, Oreg. recalled its apple, cherry and marionberry pies because of undeclared butter in the ingredient listing, which is a known allergen to some consumers, according to a July 14 U.S. FDA report.

The recalled pies were sold from July 1 through July 13, 2011.

They were recalled because butter was not declared on the product label. People who have allergies to dairy and/or dairy by-products run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The pies were sold to 35

Whole Foods Market

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stores in Northern California and Nevada. For a complete list of the affected Whole Foods stores,

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The pies were 8 inches in size and came in square white boxes with a see-through window on top, and were sold with Whole Foods Market labels, specifically ⿿Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Apple Pie,⿝ UPC: 28824800000, ⿿Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Cherry Pie,⿝ UPC: 28824900000, and ⿿Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Marionberry Pie,⿝ UPC: 28824700000.

The recall included all pies with Pack Dates of July 1, 2011 '" July 13, 2011 and Sell By Dates of July 6, 2011 '" July 18, 2011.

No allergic reactions had been reported. Consumers who purchased the pies may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Jeff Dunn at Willamette Valley Farms at 503-362-8678.

Chrysler

recalled certain model year 2008-20011 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 4x4 pickup trucks due to fault steering, according to a July 14 U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Around 242,780 units were involved in the recall, many of which were manufactured from Feb. 14, 2008, to March 28, 2011. Affected model year 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4s were manufactured from Feb. 14, 2008 to Aug. 15, 2008.

The recall was instated because the left tie rod ball stud may fracture, the report said, a condition that tends to occur during low-speed, parking lot-type maneuvers when the driver is making a tight turn.

Model year 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 pickups may have received the affected tie rod assembly as a replacement part during normal service, the report added.

A fractured left tie rod ball stud could result in the potential loss of directional stability in the left hand front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers were told to inspect the tie rod ends for relative orientation and replace the left outer tie rod and perform a front-end toe alignment, as needed. Repairs will be done free of charge.

Owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

Task Force 5-ton electric log splitters

were recalled due to laceration or amputation hazards, according to a July 7 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 20,000 units were recalled by manufacturer

Changzhou Globe Tool Group

of China.

The electric log splitters have a hydraulic arm that, during use, slides under the handle used to move the machine, the report said. The moving hydraulic arm poses a laceration or amputation hazard to individuals who place their hands on that handle while the splitter is in operation.

Two incidents of injuries were reported, including a fingertip amputation of an 18-year-old man and one finger laceration injury of a 60-year-old man. Both individuals were injured after placing their hands on the handle while the splitter was in operation.

Manufactured in China, the log splitters were sold exclusively at

Lowe's

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stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2011 for around $300.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact Changzhou Globe Tool Group at 866-456-8934 to receive a free set of warning labels including placement instructions.

Mizuno Supreme Series and Ballpark Pro baseball and softball gloves were recalled because of the presence of mold, according to a July 6 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 131,000 units imported by Mizuno USA of Norcross, Ga., were recalled.

Some of the gloves contain a variety of molds that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems, or in individuals who have impaired immune systems, the report said, though no injuries were report.

Recalled gloves included model numbers GSP1251TG, GSP1300T, GSP1401TG, MMX122P, MMX115PWM and MMX130.

Manufactured in Vietnam, the gloves were sold at

Wal-Mart

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and

Target

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stores nationwide, and online at

Amazon.com

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, from April 2010 through May 2011 for between $24 and $60.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the gloves and contact Mizuno USA at 800-451-7913 to receive a full refund.

Glass Votive Candle Holders were recalled due to fire and laceration hazards, according to a July 5 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 117,000 units were recalled, imported by Greenbriar International of Chesapeake, va.

The glass votive candle holders can shatter while in use, posing a fire and laceration hazard to consumers, the report said. There was one report of the glass votive candle holder shattering, though no injuries were reported.

The recall involved frosted or clear glass votive candle holders with French vanilla-scented candles. The votive candle holders are 2.5 inches tall. Model number 976127 and date code 1010 are printed on the bottom of the glass votive candle holder.

Manufactured in India, the votive candle holders were sold at

Dollar Tree Stores

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, including Dollar Bill$, Deal$ and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores nationwide from December 2010 through April 2011 for about $1.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the candle holders and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. They may also contact Dollar Tree Stores at 800-876-8077.

Roman shade make-it-yourself kits were recalled due to a risk of strangulation, according to a June 30 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 48,000 units, manufactured by Wm. Wright of Antioch, Tenn., were recalled.

Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade, or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/