CPSC Recalls Over Fire, Strangulation, and Fall Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced three <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">product recalls over fire, strangulation, and fall hazards.

The CPSC announced that Hallmark Cards, Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri has recalled 7,000 Jumbo Snowman Snow Globes, which were made in China, because when exposed to sunlight, the Hallmark Snow Globes can act as a magnifying glass and ignite nearby combustible materials, posing a fire hazard.  To date, Hallmark has received two reports of the Jumbo Snowman Snow Globes igniting nearby materials.  

The recalled Hallmark Jumbo Snow Globes are in the shape of a snowman with model number 1XAG5093 and UPC 795902066666, which can be found on the back of the product’s hangtag. The recalled snow globe measures 11 by 12 by 17 inches and were sold at Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide from October through November 2008 for about $100.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the snow globe from exposure to sunlight and return it to any Hallmark Gold Crown store for a full refund.  Hallmark can be reached at (800) 425-5627 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Website at www.hallmark.com.

The CPSC also announced that about 1,300 Foursquare Hooded Jackets, which were distributed by Foursquare Outerwear, of Irvine, California and manufactured in Taiwan have been recalled because the jackets have a drawstring through the hood, which poses a strangulation hazard to children.  The CPSC issued guidelines 12 years ago to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

In this case, the recall involves the Foursquare hooded jackets with drawstrings in boys and girls sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL, which come in various colors and patterns with a logo showing four adjacent, vertically offset squares on the sleeve, waist, breast, and/or back of the jacket, depending on the model.  The recalled Foursquare Hooded Jackets were sold for about $125 at snowboard, ski, and sportswear stores nationwide from June 2008 through November.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstring from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or contact Foursquare for a full refund.  Foursquare can be reached toll-free at (877) 327-4484 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT, at its Website at www.foursquareouterwear.com, or its email at info@theprogram.com.

The CPSC also announced the recall of about 125,000 Alpine Ski Bindings, which were manufactured by Atomic Skis GmbH, of Austria; an approximate additional one million Alpine Ski Bindings were also sold outside of the United States.  The Alpine Ski Bindings have been recalled because the heel housing of the bindings can crack, causing the binding to release unexpectedly, which can cause the skier to lose control or fall and suffer injuries.

Atomic Skis has received four reports of injuries, including a concussion and injuries to the shoulder and knee from falls.  The recall affects the heel components of the following Atomic alpine ski bindings: Race 310, Race 412, RaceRace 310, RaceRace 412, Xentrix 310, Xentrix 311, Xentrix 412, C310, C311, C412, CR 310, CR 412, R 310, R 412, SX 310, SX 412, Device 311, Device 412, Centro 310, Centro 412, and Dynamic ADX 312, RD10, X412, Centro 412 and only includes those bindings manufactured from 1998 through 2002; the year of manufacture can be located on the underside of the heel lever.

The recalled Alpine Ski Bindings were sold at authorized Atomic USA ski dealers nationwide from 1998 through 2005 for between $150 and $350 and were made in Australia.  The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the Alpine Ski Bindings immediately and return them to any authorized Atomic Ski dealer for a free inspection and replacement of the heel component, if needed.  Atomic Ski USA can be reached toll-free at (888) 535-7555 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, by email at consumerserviceUS@atomicsnow.com, or at the firm’s Website at www.atomicsnow.com.

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