If you're a welding do-it-yourselfer, you may want to make sure you don't use one of 29 million recalled gas cylinders. Faulty parts created problems for several Honda models this week, from minivans to sedans to ATVs. Tylenol issued a massive recall of 547,000 bottles of infant drops because of problems with its new dosage tool. Read on for more details on these and other recalls.
More than 29 million gas cylinders manufactured by Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin, sold at home improvement stores nationwide, including Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardware Stores, were recalled because the cylinder's seal can leak after torches or other fuel consuming equipment are disconnected from them, posing a fire hazard. The gas cylinders were sold under 28 different labels from October 2004 through January 2012. Consumers should return unused cylinders to the store where it was purchased for exchange or full refund. The recall notice has specific safety instructions for what to do with partially used cylinders. Consumers may contact Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin at (866) 511-8967; email the manufacturer at MAPCylinderRecall@worthingtoncylinders.com; or go to www.MAPCylinderRecall.com.
In transportation safety
Honda (American Honda Motor Company) issued several recalls this week:
Fuji issued a voluntary recall of 10,500 Women's Saratoga Bicycles because the bicycle's frame can break in the center of the downtube during use, posing a loss of control and fall hazard to the rider. The company has received 12 such reports, including one involving a head laceration requiring 20 stitches. The recalled bikes include 2008 through 2010 models Saratoga 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0, sold at specialty bike shops nationwide from November 2007 through December 2011. Owners can return the bicycle to any authorized Fuji dealer for a free replacement frame, or contact the importer, Advanced Sports Inc. at (888) 286-6263. For other bike suggestions, visit our bike reviews landing page.
Kelty recalled about 3,000 Speedster Swivel Deluxe single jogging strollers and Swivel Deuce double jogging strollers because the front wheel can come loose during use and cause the stroller to tip over, posing a fall and injury hazard to children inside and adults pushing the stroller. Kelty has received three such incident reports, including cuts, scrapes and fractured bones to adults, and minor cuts and scrapes to children. The strollers were sold at Juvenile product and sporting goods stores nationwide and online, including www.kelty.com, from January 2010 through February 2012. Consumers may contact Kelty at (866) 349-7225 to receive free updated assembly. For more information about Kelty strollers read our product information. We also recommend a variety of other jogging strollers in our report.
Safety in your medicine cabinet
McNeil/Tylenol recalled 547,000 bottles of Infants' TYLENOL Oral Suspension, 1 oz. Grape due to dosing system complaints. A design flaw in the product's new SimpleMeasure dosing system may cause users to push the flow restrictor into the bottle when inserting the dosage syringe. No adverse medical events have been associated with this recall. Consumers can continue to use Infants' TYLENOL provided the flow restrictor at the top of the bottle remains in place.
In home products
A potentially leaky fuel line led ECHO Inc., to recall 16,000 Gas Powered Backpack Blowers. The fuel line may have been damaged during assembly and a leak poses a fire risk. The recalled products, models PB-265L with serial numbers P093121 35519 through P093121 50152 and PB-265 with serial numbers LP078110 20732 through P078110 22309 were sold at Home Depot and authorized ECHO dealers from August 2011 through January 2012. Consumers may return the blowers to any authorized ECHO dealer for a free repair, or may contact ECHO at (800) 432-3246 or visit the firm's website.
Meijer Inc. issued a voluntary recall of more than 6,000 Touch Point Forced Air Heaters after one report of the unit base burning and melting. Exposed and unshielded electrical components can cause the heater to overheat and melt, posing fire and electrical shock hazards. The products were sold in Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio from September 2011 through November 2011. Consumers may return the item to any Meijer store for a full refund, contact Meijer at (800) 927-8699 or visit the firm's website.
Ganz recalled 2,100 Dancing Teapots sold in specialty gift and coffee shops nationwide from December 2011 through January 2012. When filled with hot liquid, the handle can get extremely hot, posing a burn hazard. The recalled teapots are tilted to appear as if they're dancing and have SKU number "ER19252" and UPC "661371626062" on the bottom. Consumers may contact Ganz at (800) 724-5902 or visit the firm's website, for instructions on how to receive a full refund. If you are interested in purchasing a replacement tea kettle, see our report on the best reviewed models.