More than 2 million Hello Kitty whistles distributed with McDonald's meals have been recalled because they pose a choking hazard to young children. Other recalled consumer products this week include misting fans with bad wiring and water heaters that can cause a fire.
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DETAILS: Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Whistles distributed exclusively at McDonald's restaurants nationwide from October 2014 through the first week of November 2014 with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals. A picture of Hello Kitty appears on both sides of the whistle. The text "(copyright)1976, 2014 SANRIO CO., LTD." appears above Hello Kitty's face on the whistle, and "Made for McDonald's China CCW Chine" appears below Hello Kitty's face on the whistle. The bag in which the toy is packaged includes the text "Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop" and the number "6'' in the upper right corner.
WHY: Components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children.
INCIDENTS: McDonald's has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention.
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HOW MANY: About 2.3 million in the U.S. In addition, about 200,000 were distributed in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call McDonald's at 800-244-6227 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Time or visit www.mcdonalds.com.
DETAILS: Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators with SureLock II weight pocket handles, including those with SureLock II handles that were replaced in the previous recall. SureLock II handles were installed in most Aqua Lung and one model of Apeks buoyancy compensators including: all discontinued Black Diamond, Pro QD and Pro QDi3 models with serial numbers lower than BB408620. The recall also includes all Apeks Black Ice, Axiom, Axiom i3, Balance, Dimension, Libra, Lotus, Pearl, Pearl i3, ProLT and Zuma models with serial numbers lower than BB408620. The buoyancy compensator's model name is embroidered on the inside back pad or on the right lobe. "Sure Lock" is molded into the back of the weight pocket. The serial numbers are located on a tag under the back pad of the buoyance compensator or inside the pocket. Earlier models could have the number printed on a tag behind the hook and loop inflator hold down on the left shoulder. They were sold at sporting goods and scuba diving stores nationwide from September 2008 through October 2014.
WHY: The rubber handles can detach as divers are trying to remove the weight pockets to rise to the surface in an emergency. This poses a drowning hazard.
INCIDENTS: Aqua Lung is aware of an additional 50 reports of the handles detaching from the weight pockets. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 30,000 in the U.S. and 11,300 in Canada. An additional 110,000 were previously recalled in the U.S. in March 2013.
FOR MORE: Call Aqua Lung at 855-355-7170 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit www.aqualung.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.
DETAILS: Cool Draft misting mid pressure and high pressure misting fans. The misting fans fit on top of 15 gallon yellow or orange round Igloo coolers or on top of gray 40 gallon water tanks. Cool Draft by Ventamatic is printed on a sticker on the fan's water tank and www.cooldraft.com is printed on a sticker in the center of all of fans. They were sold at hardware, home improvement, fire and home security retailers, buying cooperatives and online at AdvancedSystems.com, BigFogg.com, Collinssports.com, Cooldraft.com, MistNGo.com and Propack.com from November 2013 through August 2014.
WHY: The fan's wiring is not properly grounded, posing electric shock and fire hazards.
INCIDENTS: Two incidents with the misting fans, including one electric shock injury to a consumer.
HOW MANY: About 450.
FOR MORE: Call Ventamatic at 800-433-1626 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.bvc.com and click on "Cool Draft Recall" for more information.
TANKLESS WATER HEATERS
DETAILS: All models of single- and dual-purpose Coaire and Quietside brand tankless gas water heaters. The recalled water heaters heat either 4 or 7.2 gallons of water per minute. The words "S-Line Condensing" are on the top front and brand names "Coaire" or "Quietside" are on the bottom front of the recalled water heaters. They were sold at independent dealers nationwide and on various websites including Amazon.com from July 2008 through August 2014.
WHY: The water heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: 40 reports of the units overheating, including four involving burns on the wall where the heater was mounted and two involving fires and property damage. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 29,000 in the U.S and 2,200 in Canada
FOR MORE: Call Challenger Supply Holdings at 800-729-6118 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.challengersupply.com and click on "Product Recall" for more information.
DETAILS: Air exchangers with and without heat recovery sold under different brands that are used to circulate air in and out of the home. Details on the brands and model numbers involved can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Venmar-Ventilation-Expands-Recall-of-Air-Exchangers/ The metal air exchangers are painted blue or grey. Air exchangers with heat recovery included in this recall were made from January 2002 through May 2008 and have brand and model information written on a silver or black label on the outside panel. Air exchangers without heat recovery included in this recall were made from January 2002 through July 2009 and have brand and model information printed on the unit's rating plate or imprinted on the side of the unit. Air exchangers with heat recovery were sold at heating, plumbing and building supply distributors nationwide from January 2002 through May 2008. Air exchangers without heat recovery were sold at heating, plumbing, and building supply distributors nationwide from January 2002 through July 2009.
WHY: The motor in the air exchangers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: Venmar Ventilation has received four new reports in relation to this recall expansion. In the previous recalls, Venmar Ventilation reported 26 incidents, for a total of 30. Out of these 30 incidents, five took place in the U.S. and 25 took place in Canada. All incidents resulted in fires and more than $1.1 million in property damages. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 108,000 in the U.S., with an additional 77,500 previously recalled in March 2007, December 2007 and June 2011. About 207,000 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Venmar Ventilation at 866-441-4645 anytime or visit www.venmar.ca and click on the Safety Upgrade Program link for more information.