The Associate Press recently compiled a list of consumer product recalls for the week of August 20, 2012. This week’s recall list includes millions of baby seats which are in need of repair, a line of heated pet mats which are hazardous for causing shocks, and snap bracelets. The details of this AP article can be found at: http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d44de9fd195b40229dda1e9a515065bc.
The baby seats in question are from the Bumbo Baby Seats, which are constructed with a single piece of molded foam with leg holes and a seat back that wraps completely around the baby. There is an image of an elephant on the top of the seat, and the seats were manufactured, August 2003 through August 2012. Testing revealed that babies can wiggle out of or fall out of the floor seats. There were several serious injuries reported from nearly 50 incidences including reports of skull fractures. There appears to have been about 4 million of these baby seats made in the United States. There is a free repair kit that can be ordered by calling 866-898-4999, or visiting their website at www.recall.BumboUSA.com.
GSI produced a 50 – watt indoor pet heating covers had that were sold on Amazon.com from July 2011 remarks 2012. Due to poor wiring, manufacturing, and construction, these mats pose a fire and electrical shock hazard for anyone or anything who comes in contact with them. Additionally, there were a couple of reports of mats catching on fire and causing property damage. If you have one of these pet mats, called the manufacturer at 888-941-5079.
There are certain Animal Snap Bracelets imported by Toysmith of Sumner, Washington sold from September 2011 to February 2012 that can wear through the fabric covering, becoming a sharp edge that can lacerate the wearer or others. There are about 89,500 of these out on the market. If you think you may have one of these bracelets, call 800-356-0474 or visit their website at www.toysmith.com.