Recalled: Toys, Steam Cleaners, Butterfly Chairs

The risks of shock and burn injuries, contusions and choking have all led to recent recalls of hundreds of thousands of common household and kids’ items.

Mop Steam Cleaners

Exposed wiring on a steam cleaner sold on QVC has caused 10 shock injuries and eight burn injuries leading to a recall of 580,000 appliances.

The H2O Mop Steam Cleaners were sold on QVC televised shopping programs, TV infomercials, on and at retailers nationwide from June 2007 through December 2008 for about $100, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which said that power cords can wear down unexpectedly, exposing the wiring.

The cleaner is an electrically-powered appliance that uses microfiber or disposable cloths on a cleaning head through which steam is dispersed. They’re white with a purple water tank, and have the model numbers 808.092 and OEM-TV-001 with the reference numbers 200709198 to 200803148 or H20M1000 to M-H20M1198 printed on the label on the back of the product.

Consumers should stop using recalled steam cleaners and contact Thane at (800) 485-0017 or visit the firm’s Web site at to receive a free repair kit.

Collapsing Chairs

Outdoor loungers should check their butterfly chairs before they sit.  About 500 leather butterfly chairs sold for $200 have been recalled from Hobby Lobby Stores after contusions and other injuries were caused by the chair legs detaching, causing the chair to collapse.  The numbers MI-1007 and PO#9073513 are printed on the front of the tag.

Consumers should stop using the chairs and return them to the nearest Hobby Lobby for a full refund or exchange card and can contact Hobby Lobby Stores at (800) 326-7931 or online at


Choking Hazard for Children

Children’s telephone toys could pose a choking hazard if a mirror decal is removed, according to manufacturer Evenflo and the CPSC.  About 25,000 Switch-A-Roo Telephone Toys are being recalled. 

The affected toys were made between October 2008 and June 2009 and have the model number 6391911.  The toys were sold at children’s stores nationwide for about $8.

Consumers are urged to remove the mirror decal from the toy and throw it away.  Consumers can contact Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 or online at for more information.

More Hoodies Recalled

Children’s hooded jackets are being recalled for using drawstrings to fit the garment around the waist, potentially posing an entrapment hazard.  No injuries have been reported in this case, but the CPSC has existing guidelines preventing strangling and entrapment of children wearing hooded garments with drawstrings.

The most recent recall affects about 4,400 hooded jackets, sizes 7/8 through 16, that were distributed by EMH Associates and sold at Meijers Stores nationwide in July 2008 for about $15. The jackets were available in turquoise and brown plaid, pink, and orange and brown plaid and had the number 115036 and style number WD36687 or WD36689 on the care label.

Consumers can remove the drawstring or return the garment to the store or the distributor for a full refund.  EMH Associates can be reached by collect call at (212) 575-4311 or

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