Gas grills that can leak propane gas, bicycle brake levers that can fail and battery chargers that can come apart are among the consumer products recalled this week because of safety issues. Other products include saw blades that can fall out of their packaging and scuba diving hoses that can rupture.
Here's a closer look at the recalled products:
DETAILS: Gas Grills imported by One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C.; sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and in Canada, and Direct Tools Factory Outlet stores nationwide from March 2011 through February 2012. The recall includes the STOK Island and STOK Quattro gas grills. The STOK Island has a round grill base and two burners. "STOK" is written on the grill cover and a label on the bottom of the grill stand. The STOK Quattro gas grill is a rectangular, four-burner grill. "STOK" is printed on the grill's lid. The gas grills were manufactured in China.
WHY: The regulator on the grill can leak propane gas, which can ignite, posing fire and burn hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: The firm is aware of 569 reports of regulators leaking propane gas. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 87,600 in the U.S., 1,400 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Contact One World Technologies at 800-867-9624 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. EDT, or visit the firm's website at http://www.stokgrills.com.
BICYCLE BRAKE LEVERS
DETAILS: Bicycle Brake Levers imported by Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif.; sold at authorized specialized bicycle components retailers from April 2010 to February 2012. The Tektro TL-83 brake levers are designed exclusively for use with aerodynamic handlebars (aerobars) sold as original equipment on 2010 and 2011 S-Works Shiv bicycle frame modules and 2012 S-Works Shiv TT bicycle frame modules. They are black aluminum and have a quick release slot at the top of the lever arm. The bicycle brake levers were manufactured in China.
WHY: The adjuster cap and brake cable can slide out of position and make the brakes non-operational. This can cause a rider to lose control of the bicycle, posing a crash hazard.
INCIDENTS: The firm is aware of one incident where the rider lost the function of both brakes. No reports of injury or property damage.
HOW MANY: About 600.
FOR MORE: Find the nearest authorized Specialized Bicycle Components retailer, contact Specialized at 877-808-8154 Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT or visit the firm's website at http://www.specialized.com.
DETAILS: Digital Concepts Compact Travel Charger imported by Sakar International Inc. of Edison, N.J.; sold at Cobra Digital, Lot-Less, Ocean State Jobbers and RadioShack from January 2011 through February 2012. The charger holds two AA or AAA batteries. It is silver and has a sticker on the top that says "Digital Concepts" and "Compact Travel Charger." There are three screws and a retractable power plug on the underside of the charger. They were manufactured in China.
WHY: Plastic holding the screws on the battery can break, causing the screws to come loose and the casing to separate. This can expose energized components to consumers, posing electrocution or electric shock hazards.
INCIDENTS: Sakar International has not received any reports of the charger falling apart, or of electrocution or electric shock. No injuries reported.
HOW MANY: About 48,000.
FOR MORE: Contact Sakar International Inc. at 877-397-8200 at any time or visit the firm's website at http://www.sakar.com/recall.
SCUBA DIVING HOSES
DETAILS: Miflex High Pressure Scuba Diving Hoses imported by XS Scuba, Inc., of Santa Ana, Calif. and manufactured by Miflex 2, of Villasanta, Italy; sold at scuba diving retailers and online between May 2009 and April 2012. The high pressure hose is used to monitor cylinder pressure for the air supply in tanks for scuba diving. The hoses have MFX stamped on the hose's end fitting. They were sold as individual replacement gauge hoses and as cascade hoses.
WHY: The diving hose can rupture, reducing the available air supply to the diver, posing a drowning hazard.
INCIDENTS: XS Scuba has received reports of 189 hose failures. No injuries reported.
HOW MANY: About 17,000.
FOR MORE: Contact XS Scuba at 888-249-5404 Monday through Friday between11 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT, or visit the firm's website at http://www.xsscuba.com.
DETAILS: Classic Series Circular Saw Blade 3-Packs manufactured by Irwin Industrial Tool Company of Huntersville, N.C.; sold exclusively at Lowe's stores nationwide from approximately October 2011 through November 2011. The blister packs contain one 10-inch trim-and-finish saw blade with 60 teeth and two 10-inch general purpose saw blades with 40 teeth. The blades are stacked offset in the packs. The packaging is blue, orange and yellow and has the words "Irwin" and "Classic Series" on the front top left corner and "3 Circular Saw Blades" on the front lower left corner. The saw blades were manufactured in China.
WHY: The saw blades can fall out of the bottom of the plastic packaging, posing a laceration hazard.
INCIDENTS: Irwin has received three reports of the saw blades falling out of the packaging. No injuries reported.
HOW MANY: About 55,260.
FOR MORE: Contact Irwin at 800-464-7946 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT, or visit the firm's website at http://www.irwin.com.
DETAILS: Michelin North America Inc. is recalling certain Michelin XZU3, XZU2 and XM505 bus tires produced from October 2005 to September 2011.
WHY: The retreaded tires have a casing that may experience a loss of integrity and, in some cases, have rapid air loss, which could result in a vehicle crash.
INCIDENTS: No serious incidents reported. The company says about 0.25 percent of the tires tested have shown the problem.
HOW MANY: 77,775 in the U.S. and Canada.
FOR MORE: Call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or visit http://www.safercar.gov.