Baby strollers, cribs and cars recalled this week

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 5:18 PM
Baby strollers, cribs and cars recalled this week

Millions of baby strollers and thousands of cribs were recalled this week after dangerous malfunctions were found. The week also was dominated by more car problems with recalls from Toyota, Honda and others. Here's a look at some of the recalls this week:

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BABY STROLLERS

DETAILS: Graco Children's Products Inc. of Atlanta is recalling strollers after receiving reports of infant deaths between 2003 and 2005. The recalled strollers are older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems, all made before 2007 and distributed by Graco. They were sold at retailers including Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, and Walmart between November 2000 and December 2007.

WHY: If babies aren't strapped into the strollers properly, they can slide through the opening between the stroller tray and bottom of the seat where they can get stuck and be strangled.

INCIDENTS: Four infants became trapped and died. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also said it was aware of five reports of infants becoming trapped, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one report of an infant having difficulty breathing.

HOW MANY: About 2 million.

FOR MORE: Call (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday. Visit: http://www.cpsc.gov or http://www.gracobaby.com.

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BABY CRIBS

DETAILS: Danbury, Conn.-based Ethan Allen; Pennsville, N.J.-based Angel Line; and Bartlett, Ill.-based Victory Land have recalled cribs. The Ethan Allen products were sold at company stores from 2002 to 2008. The Angel Line cribs were sold at Ababy.com, Babyage.com and other online stores from December 2004 to January 2009. The Victory Land cribs, its Heritage Collection line 3-in-1 cribs made in Vietnam, were sold by Kmart from February 2007 to October 2008.

WHY: The cribs have drop-sides that can detach due to faulty hardware or wear and tear, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This can create a gap where young children can be trapped or suffocated.

A detached drop-side can also allow a child to fall out of the crib.

INCIDENTS: Ethan Allen has received five reports of incidents with three minor injuries. Angel Line has had one report of a detached drop-side with no injuries. Victory Land has had 17 incidents reported and three minor injuries. Drop-sides have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000, and are suspected in another 14 infant fatalities. In the past five years, more than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled. In July the CPSC proposed new rules that would ban the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-side cribs. The new crib standard is likely to take effect next year and would also outlaw drop-sides at motels, hotels and childcare facilities.

HOW MANY: 40,650

FOR MORE: Call Ethan Allen at 888-339-9398 or visit any Ethan Allen store. Contact Angel Line at 800-889-8158. Contact Victory Land Group at 866-499-2099. Visit: http://www.cpsc.gov, http://www.ethanallen.com, http://www.angelline.com, or http://www.victorylandgroup.com

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RAISINETS

DETAILS: Nestle USA is recalling some packages of Nestle Raisinets with the 02015748 production code and UPC number of 2800010255. The 10 oz. "fun size" bags were sold to Target, Shop Rite and Don Quixote stores.

WHY: They may contain peanuts, putting those with an allergy at risk if they consume them.

INCIDENTS: The company says it has received three complaints.

HOW MANY: The company is calculating the number of bags affected.

CONTACT: Call Nestle at 1-800-478-5670 for a refund. The company says not to return the candy to stores.

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CHYRSLER CARS AND TRUCKS

DETAILS: Some 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, the Dodge Avenger, Challenger and Journey, and some 2011 Dodge Ram pickups have been recalled. Only those built between June 24 and Aug. 30 are affected.

WHY: Power steering fluid can leak onto a hot engine and cause a fire.

INCIDENTS: The company says it is not aware of any fires or injuries.

HOW MANY: 26,000

FOR MORE: Call: Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at: 1-888-327-4236. Visit: http://www.safercar.gov.

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VOLVO VEHICLES

DETAILS: Certain Volvo S80 sedans and XC70 crossover vehicles from the 2010-2011 model year and model year 2010 V70 wagons are being recalled.

WHY: There could be a problem with a wiring connector in the air bag system that might prevent the front air bag from protecting the driver in a crash.

INCIDENTS: Not specified.

HOW MANY: 10,000

FOR MORE: Call: Volvo at (800) 458-1552 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236. Visit: http://www.safercar.gov.

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TOYOTA CARS

DETAILS: Certain Toyota Lexus, Avalon and Highlander models were recalled for brake fluid problems.

WHY: The brake master cylinder seal could deteriorate causing fluid to leak reducing braking performance.

INCIDENTS: No accidents have been reported.

HOW MANY: 728,500

FOR MORE: Call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331, Lexus at 1-800-255-3987 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236. Visit: http://www.safercar.gov.

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HONDA CARS

DETAILS: Honda Motor Co. plans to recall 2005-2007 model year Acura RL sedans and Honda Odyssey minivans from the 2005 to early 2007 model year.

WHY: Break fluid leak could lead to weaker braking power.

INCIDENTS: No injuries or accidents reported

HOW MANY: 471,820

FOR MORE: Call the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236. Visit: http://www.safercar.gov