Brittle bicycle chain links are being recalled after one report of the connector cracking, causing a chain to separate from the bicycle, resulting in a fall hazard.
Meanwhile a line of children's costumes with unhealthy substances could make Halloween more dangerous than it needs to be.
Here's what you need to know:
Recall #1: A Bike Chain Complaint
About 24,000 10-Speed SRAM Bicycle Chains with PowerLock connector links are being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They were sold individually, on 10-speed bicycle chains and as original equipment on some bicycles, the agency says.
The recalled connector links are marked with the date code M or N and have chain model numbers PC-1030, PC-1050, PC-1070, PC-1090 and PC-1090R and were sold individually from January 2009 through August 2009. Some of the recalled chains were also installed on Guru, Surly, Salsa, BMC, Serotta, Seven and Ridley brand bikes sold from April 2009 through August 2009.
Consumers should stop using bicycles and chains with these PowerLock connectors, and contact their SRAM retailer for a free replacement PowerLock connector link. Consumers can also contact SRAM itself at (800) 346-2928 or at their Web site.
Recall #2: How to Avoid an Unhappy Halloween
About 1,400 items made by Team Work Trading, including cat-themed face masks and four styles of pendants are being recalled as well, due to high levels of lead, which is a toxic substance if it’s ingested by young children.
These recalled Team Work Trading masks and pendants were sold at gift shops and other stores nationwide, as well as at the Team Work Trading store from November 2008 through March 2009 for between $4 and $8, the CPSC says.
Consumer are urged to stop using the recalled items immediately and contact Team Work Trading for a refund or exchange at by calling collect to (213) 680-4489.