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THIS WEEK'S RECALLS

The Baltimore Sun

Product recalls for the week beginning Nov. 5:

Nov. 6

"Skippy" Pool Toys Units: About 31,000 Manufacturer: Swimways Corp. of Virginia Beach, Va. Hazard: The elastic tongue of the fish can break and forcefully come out and cut the users' hands during launching of the toy. Sold at: Mass merchandisers and independent pool supply stores nationwide from February 2007 through September 2007 for about $10. Remedy: Consumers should take the toy away from children immediately and contact Swimways for a free replacement toy. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Swimways toll-free at 888-559-4653 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.swimways.com Warm Mist Carefree Humidifier Units: About 84,000 Manufacturer: Hunter Fan Co. of Memphis, Tenn. Hazard: Water used in the humidifier can leak into the unit's electrical compartment, posing a fire hazard. Sold at: Lowe's, Wal-Mart, discount and hardware stores nationwide, as well as through mail order catalogs and Web retailers from September 2005 through February 2007 for between $40 and $65. Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled humidifiers. Consumers should contact Hunter Fan to receive a free replacement humidifier or refund. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Hunter Fan Co. toll-free at 877-288-1145 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.hunterfan.com. Snowmobiles Units: About 28,000 Manufacturer/Importer: Polaris Industries Inc. of Medina, Minn. Hazard: The fuel tank filler neck can crack and separate allowing fuel or fuel vapors to leak from the fuel tank. This poses a fire hazard to consumers. Sold by: Polaris dealers nationwide from July 2003 through October 2007 for between $4,100 and $11,600. Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled snowmobiles and contact their Polaris snowmobile dealer to schedule a free installation of a new fuel tank assembly. Polaris has directly notified registered consumers who have not already received a repair. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Polaris at 888-704-5290 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.polarisindustries.com Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen Toys Units: About 155,000 Importer: Fisher-Price Inc. of East Aurora, N.Y. Hazard: Pieces of the faucet or the clock hands can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Sold at: Various retail and toy specialty stores nationwide from May 2007 through October 2007 for about $70. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Fisher-Price for a free repair kit. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Fisher-Price toll-free at 888-812-7187 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Saturday or visit the firm's Web site at www.service.mattel.com

Nov. 7

Aqua Dots Units: About 4.2 million Distributor: Spin Master of Toronto. Hazard: The coating on the beads that causes the beads to stick to each other when water is added contains a chemical that can turn toxic when many are ingested. Children who swallow the beads can become comatose, develop respiratory depression or have seizures. Sold at: Mass merchandisers nationwide from April 2007 through November 2007 for between $17 and $30. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Spin Master to return for free replacement beads or a toy of equal value. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Spin Master at 800-622-8339 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.aquadotsrecall.com Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and Heat Pumps (PTHP) Units: About 185,000 Manufacturer: Carrier Corp. of Farmington, Conn. Hazard: An electric heater in the unit can break, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Sold by: HVAC dealers and factory-direct sales from January 2002 through December 2006 for between $425 and $675. Remedy: Consumers should stop using the heating mode of the recalled units until they are inspected in accordance with Carrier's inspection instructions, which can be found at www.carrierptacrecall.com. Consumers should contact Carrier to receive a free repair. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Carrier at 800-761-8492 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.carrierptacrecall.com "Robot 2000" collectible tin robot Units: About 2,600 Importer: Schylling Associates Inc. of Rowley, Mass. Hazard: Surface paints on the robot contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard. Sold at: Specialty toy stores and gift shops nationwide from October 2006 through September 2007 for about $25. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Schylling to receive a refund or free replacement toy. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Schylling at 800-767-8697 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.schylling.com Dizzy Ducks Music Box Units: About 1,300 Importer: Schylling Associates Inc. of Rowley, Mass. Hazard: Surface paints on the wooden base of the music box contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard. Sold at: Specialty toy stores and gift shops nationwide from March 2007 through October 2007 for about $12. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Schylling to receive a refund or free replacement toy. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Schylling at 800-767-8697 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.schylling.com Winnie-the-Pooh Spinning Top Units: About 3,600 (66,000 spinning tops were recalled on Aug. 22, 2007.) Importer: Schylling Associates Inc. of Rowley, Mass. Hazard: Surface paint on the wooden handle of the top contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Sold at: Specialty toy stores and gift shops nationwide from April 2003 through November 2003 for about $12. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Schylling to receive a refund or free replacement toy. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Schylling at 800-767-8697 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.schylling.com Duck Family Collectable Wind-Up Toy Units: About 3,500 Importer: Schylling Associates Inc. of Rowley, Mass. Hazard: Surface paints on the ducks contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard. Sold at: Specialty toy stores and gift shops nationwide from January 2007 through August 2007 for about $8. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Schylling to receive a refund or free replacement toy. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Schylling at 800-767-8697 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.schylling.com Pull-Back Action Toy Cars Units: About 380,000 Importer: Dollar General Merchandising Inc. of Goodlettsville, Tenn. Hazard: Surface paint on the cars contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Sold at: Dollar General stores nationwide from April 2007 through October 2007 for about $1 per pack. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy cars away from children and return them to any Dollar General store for a full refund. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Dollar General at 800-678-9258 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.dollargeneral.com Dragster and Funny Car toy Units: About 7,500 Importer: International Sourcing Ltd. (ISL) of Springfield, Mo. Hazard: Surface paint on the wheels and engine of the toys contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Sold at: National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) events through Schumacher Racing and Matco Tools through door-to-door sales by its representatives from March 2007 through September 2007. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the toy away from children, and return it to International Sourcing Ltd. for a full refund or replacement product. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact International Sourcing Ltd. at 877-404-1584 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.islpromotions.com "Big Red" Wagons Units: About 7,200 Importer: Northern Tool & Equipment Co. of Burnsville, Minn. Hazard: Surface paints on the wagon and handle contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Sold through: Northern Tool & Equipment catalog, Web site, and retail stores nationwide from July 2007 through September 2007 for about $60. Remedy: Customers should immediately take the recalled wagon away from children and return it to any Northern Tool store for a free replacement. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Northern Tool & Equipment Co. at 800- 222-5381 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.northerntool.com

Nov. 8

Yamaha AC Power Adaptors Units: About 49,000 Distributor: Yamaha Corp. of America of Buena Park, Calif. Hazard: The housing of the power adaptor can separate, posing an electric shock hazard to consumers. Sold at: Musical instrument retailers nationwide from July 2006 through September 2007 for about $20. Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled power adaptor immediately and contact Yamaha to return the power adaptor and obtain a free replacement. Consumer contact: For more information, contact Yamaha Corp. of America toll-free at 866-509-0320 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT or visit the firm's Web site at www.yamaha.com/warranty_safety.asp Honda HRX217KHXA and HRX217KHMA Lawn Mowers Units: About 22,000 Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Corp. of Torrance, Calif. Hazard: Because of a manufacturing defect, a crack can occur in the fuel tank causing a fuel leak. If gasoline leaking from the fuel tank is ignited, a fire or explosion can occur. Sold at: Honda Lawn and Garden dealers nationwide, including Home Depot stores, from January 2007 through September 2007 for between $800 and $900. Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled lawn mowers immediately and contact any Honda Lawn and Garden dealer to have the fuel tank replaced. Registered owners of the recalled lawn mowers will be mailed a notice. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Honda at 800-426-7701 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.hondapowerequipment.com Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Players Units: About 12,000 Importer: Coby Electronics Corp. of Maspeth, N.Y. Hazard: The portable DVD/CD/MP3 players can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Sold at: Discount, electronics, music, toy, and office supply stores, as well as distributors of electronics products, nationwide from May 2006 through October 2007 for between $140 and $170. Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the portable DVD/CD/MP3 players and contact the firm for information on returning the units and receiving a full refund. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Coby Electronics Corp. toll-free at 877-231-9240 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.cobyusa.com Wendy Bellissimo Collection Convertible Cribs Units: About 8,900 Importer: Bassettbaby of Bassett, Va. Hazard: The bolts connecting the top corners of the crib can come loose, creating a gap and posing a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard. Sold at: Babies "R" Us stores nationwide from July 2005 through October 2007 for about $500. Remedy: Consumers should stop using these cribs immediately and contact Bassettbaby for a free repair kit. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Bassettbaby at 888-897-4689 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET daily or visit the firm's Web site at www.bassettbaby.com Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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