Topping the list for worrisome recall news, Sportspower Trampolines sold exclusively at Sports Authority from April 2007 to May 2012 earned the "please go out and check immediately" award: The trampoline's metal legs can puncture the jumping area, posing a serious laceration hazard to users. Sportspower is aware of one incident where the metal legs punctured the jumping area, but, fortunately, no injuries reported so far.
Two products that experience heavy household use were also the subject of recalls this week. Some 13,000 Kirkland Signature Sauté Pans were recalled because the glass lid can shatter, posing a laceration hazard. And Harbor Freight Tools recalled 108,000 cordless drills because they pose a fire and burn hazard to the user, not something you want to happen during a DIY project.
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Sportspower recalled 23,400 Sportspower Parkside model TR-14FT-COM trampolines sold exclusively at Sports Authority. The metal legs can move out of position and puncture the jumping area, posing a risk of injury, including deep, penetrating puncture wounds, cuts and bruises to trampoline users. The recalled trampolines were sold from April 2007 through May 2012. Consumers may contact Sportspower by phone at (888) 965-0565, online or by e-mail to receive a free repair kit.
Harbor Freight Tools recalled 108,000 cordless drills, model number 96526, because the black trigger switch on the 19.2v cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to users. One consumer received a minor injury after this happened to the cordless drill. The recalled cordless drills were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, via catalog and online from April 2008 through May 2012. Consumers may contact Harbor Freight Tools by phone at (800) 444-3353 or via e-mail to receive a free replacement drill. For the top Cordless Drills, check out our report.
Meyer Marketing recalled 12,900 Kirkland Signature Sauté Pans, sold at Costco, after receiving 97 reports of the tempered glass lid cracking, breaking or shattering. No injuries were reported, but this does pose a laceration hazard to consumers. This recall involves Kirkland Signature six-quart, black, hard-anodized aluminum sauté pans with glass lids that were sold in Costco Wholesale stores in the San Francisco Bay area and in the Northeast from May 2012 through October 2012. Costco is contacting its customers directly. Consumers can return the pans to any Costco store for a full refund. For more information, contact Costco at (877) 782-8242 or view the recall information online. To limit kitchen disasters, check out our Cookware Reviews.
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Toyota recalled 150,000 certain model year 2001 through 2004 Tacoma light trucks manufactured from August 28, 2000, through August 27, 2004, and originally sold, or currently registered, in several cold climate states with high road salt usage. The lift plate which holds the spare tire underneath the rear of the vehicle may corrode because of insufficient anti-corrosion coating. Plate corrosion could result in detachment of the spare tire from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota is currently working on a remedy for this defect and will notify owners when a remedy plan has been finalized. The recall is expected to begin during December 2012. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331.
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