Right about now you might be packing away your Christmas decorations. But you'll want to keep some out of your home for good: More than 15,000 Bethlehem Lights pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, sold through QVC, were recalled because they pose a fire hazard. And Papyrus Stores recalled nearly 50,000 ornaments and decorative trees because they pose a risk of mold exposure. And off-road fun took a bad turn this week, with recalls involving American Honda ATVs, Arctic Cat Bearcat Snowmobiles, and 2012-2013 model year BMW S1000RR motorcycles.
Read on for these and other recalls.
Bethlehem Lights recalled 15,500 pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, sold exclusively through QVC. The tree base can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The company has received 30 reports of the tree base overheating, melting, and smoking, though no injuries. The trees were sold by QVC from July 2011 through November 2011. QVC is offering customers a full refund and is contacting them directly.
Papyrus Stores recalled three holiday products after finding aspergillus mold spores on them, posing a risk of respiratory or other infections:
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American Honda expanded a February 2012 recall of its All-Terrain Vehicles to 19,500 ATVs. The recall involves 14 models of two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATV, sold at Honda ATV dealers nationwide from September 2011 to November 2012. A weld on the ATV's front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a crash hazard. Owners may contact a Honda ATV dealer, or American Honda at (866) 784-1870, to schedule a free repair. American Honda is contacting its customers directly.
Arctic Cat recalled 3,900 2013 model year wide-track versions of Bearcat Snowmobiles because the fuel tank can leak, posing a fire hazard. The snowmobiles were sold at Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide from May 2012 through October 2012. Owners may contact their local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer to schedule a free repair. Arctic Cat is contacting its customers directly.
BMW recalled 2,385 2012-2013 S 1000 RR motorcycles manufactured September 2011, through December 2012. The bolts on the kickstand may loosen, causing the stand to separate from the frame and the motorcycle to fall, posing an injury hazard. BMW will notify owners beginning in January 2013, and dealers will replace the side-stand mounting plate bolts, free of charge. Owners may contact BMW at (800) 525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Suzuki recalled nearly 3,000 2007 XL7 vehicles originally sold or currently registered in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas; and manufactured June 13, 2006, through December 22, 2006, because the fuel pump may crack, posing a fire hazard. American Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module, free of charge. Owners may contact American Suzuki at (714) 996-7040.
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