A line of magnetic boards with the goal of teaching children colors and sorting skills is being recalled because small metal balls pose a choking hazard and contain a potentially dangerous amount of lead. Other products recalled this week include faulty lanterns and bicycles.
Here's a more detailed look:
CHILDREN'S MAGNETIC BOARDS
DETAILS: Excellerations magnetic color sorting boards with cupcake cut-outs that are used to teach color and sorting to young children. The recalled sorting board is made of plywood and is 16 inches wide and 12 inches high and has the Excellerations name and logo on the front in the bottom right corner. A clear plastic cover is attached to the board by rivets and a 4-inch long wand with a magnet in one end is attached to the top of the board by a 13.5-inch plastic cord. The face of the board has one jar-shaped cut-out and six cupcake-shaped cut-outs that are colored red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple. Beneath the cover are about 60 multi-colored metal balls, each 1 centimeter in diameter. The boards were sold at Discountschoolsupply.com from January 2013 through March 2014.
WHY: The magnet in the wand can detach and the plywood backing can crack and release small metal balls that are sandwiched between the board and a clear plastic cover. These pose choking and serious internal injury risks associated with ingestion of a magnet and metal ball. The surface paint on the metal balls contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint standard.
INCIDENTS: Six reports of the plywood backing cracking and making the small metal balls accessible to children, and two reports of the magnet detaching from the wand. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 3,700.
FOR MORE: Call Discount School Supply at 800-338-4430 or visit www.discountschoolsupply.com, and click on "Safety Information" for more information.
DETAILS: 2014 Cannondale Tandem Bicycles, road 1, road 2 and 29 tandem. The road 1 and 29 tandem bicycles were sold in black with white graphics and the road 2 was sold in white with red and black graphics. "Cannondale" and "T1" or "T2" are printed on the aluminum frame bicycle. The 29 model is a mountain bike with 29-inch wheels and a 29 graphic decal affixed to the frame. They were sold at authorized Cannondale dealers from October 2013 to December 2013.
WHY: The bicycle fork can break and cause the riders to lose control, posing a risk of injury.
INCIDENTS: Cycling Sports Groups has received two reports of loose steerer tubes. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 80.
FOR MORE: Call Cycling Sports Group at 800-726-2453 or send email to email@example.com.
DETAILS: The Aman Trunk, which is a wooden storage trunk measuring 38 inches wide by 18 inches high by 18 inches deep. A sticker attached to the bottom of trunk has a UPC bar code numbered 24441018 and one of the following PO numbers: 200450992, 200450994, 200450995, 400450998 or 400450999. They were sold at Cost Plus World Market stores nationwide and online at www.worldmarket.com from August 2013 to November 2013.
WHY: The surface coating paint on the interior metal chains contains excessive levels of lead, a violation of the federal lead paint standard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,150.
FOR MORE: Call Cost Plus World Market at 877-967-5362 or visit www.worldmarket.com and click on "Product Recalls" at the bottom of the page for more information.
DETAILS: Northstar liquid fuel lanterns with model number 2000B750 and date codes 10 13 or 11 13. The model number is printed on the base of the lantern, under the lighting instructions. The date code is stamped on the underside of the lantern. A Coleman logo sticker is affixed to the front of the lantern base. They were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online at coleman.com from November 2013 through February 2014.
WHY: An incorrect gas feed tube was installed on the lantern. When lit, the tube can release too much fuel, posing fire and burn hazards.
INCIDENTS: Two reports of lanterns catching fire when fuel unexpectedly leaked from the bottom of the unit. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 95.
FOR MORE: Call The Coleman Co. Inc. at 800-835-3278, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.coleman.com and click on "Important Safety Information" for more information.