Recalls this week: lamps, rugs, cookware, solar panels

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Posted: Jan 29, 2016 2:37 PM

A line of shower rugs that fail to be slip-resistant are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include LED lamps that can overheat.

Here's a more detailed look:

SHOWER RUGS

DETAILS: Aqua Rugs with four plastic suction cups. The rugs are intended to provide a slip-resistant surface in the shower or bathtub. The rugs were sold in beige and clear, and in two sizes: 29.5 inches by 17.25 inches for use in the bathtub, and 21.75 inches by 19.75 inches for use in a shower stall. The rugs have a plastic border and only four plastic suction cups, one affixed to the underside of each corner of the rug. "AquaRug" and "As Seen On TV" are printed on the front of the cardboard packaging. They were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Dollar General and other retail stores nationwide, online at Amazon.com and BuyAquaRug.com, by Tristar through direct response television commercials, and through a live television show on QVC, from July 2012 to September 2015.

WHY: The four suction cups on the underside of the rugs can fail to prevent slipping, posing a fall hazard to the user.

INCIDENTS: 60 reports of consumers falling in the shower or bathtub while on the recalled four suction cup rugs, including 30 reports of injuries such as bruises, cuts, and fractured or broken bones.

HOW MANY: About 1.4 million in the U.S. and 70,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Tristar Products at 888-770-7125 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.tristarproductsinc.com and click on "Aqua Rug Recall" for more information.

CHARGING STATIONS

DETAILS: LocknCharge iQ10 charging stations that allow users to charge and store multiple tablet computers. The charging stations are metal cubes with white sides with black doors and either a black or white top cover. The LocknCharge logo is on the sides of the cube. The charging stations came with a blue basket and a green basket with dividers that hold the devices to be charged. The charging stations have two USB charging hubs under the top cover. Recalled charging stations have charging hubs with no batch code or that have batch codes that begin with 14L, 15B or 15C. The batch code is on the bottom of the charging hub under a silver data label. They were sold at distributors to schools, government agencies and other users from February 2015 to May 2015.

WHY: A defective USB charging hub can cause an electrical shock to the consumer when the charging station is connected to the electrical supply.

INCIDENTS: One report of a woman in Australia receiving an electrical shock from a charging station.

HOW MANY: About 550.

FOR MORE: Call LocknCharge Technologies at 888-943-6803 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.lockncharge.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

COOKWARE

DETAILS: Connect by H-E-B tri-ply stainless steel cookware sold at H-E-B stores in Texas from September 2014 through December 2015. It was sold as a 12-piece set or as individual pieces. "Connect" is stamped into the base of the handle and the Connect by H-E-B logo is stamped on the underside of the cookware. Cookware included in this recall does not have a date code on the underside. The UPC code can be found on the back of the product packaging. Details on the UPC codes involved can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/H-E-B-Recalls-Stainless-Steel-Cookware/

WHY: The metal discs that cover the cookware's rivets can pop off and hit consumers.

INCIDENTS: Seven reports of the metal discs popping off the cookware. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 41,000.

FOR MORE: Call H-E-B at 800-432-3113 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.heb.com and click on Product Recalls under the Customer Service section at the bottom of the homepage for more information.

SOLAR PANELS

DETAILS: Renogy brand 100-watt bendable solar panels. The recalled solar panels are black plastic sheets about 41 inches long by about 21 inches wide by about 1/8 inch thick. Model number RNG-100DB is on the top of the panel, either on the front or back. They were sold at Amazon.com, eBay.com and Renogy-store.com from May 2015 through October 2015.

WHY: The solar panels can overheat, posing a risk of fire.

INCIDENTS: 11 reports of the solar panels overheating, including three reports of property damage. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,500 in the U.S. and 20 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call RNG at 800-330-8678 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT Saturday, send email to customerservice@renogy.com, or visit www.renogy.com and click on Support for more information.

FOOD STORAGE CUBES

DETAILS: The recalled glass food storage cubes are sold in a set of four with colored, rubberized plastic lids and fit into one storage tray. The cubes are sold in 2-ounce and 4-ounce sizes. The lid colors and trays of the affected lot of 2-ounce cubes include blue, green and pink. The lid colors and trays of the affected 4-ounce cubes include blue, green, pink and yellow. "green sprouts" is molded into each plastic lid, on edges of the matching plastic storage tray and on the bottom of each quadrant of the storage tray. "green sprouts by i play., Inc." and "Made in China" are molded into the bottom of each glass cube. On the bottom of the plastic storage tray is a tracking dial with one of the following markings: an arrow that points to "11" and the numbers on the sides of the arrow read "4'' on the left of the arrow and "1'' on the right, or an arrow that points to "5'' and the numbers on the sides of the arrow read "1'' on the left of the arrow and "5'' on the right. They were sold at buybuy Baby and Whole Foods nationwide and online at amazon.com, babyhaven.com, diapers.com, drugstore,com and target.com from June 2015 through December 2015.

WHY: The glass containers can break unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury.

INCIDENTS: 23 reports of incidents. No injuries have been reported

HOW MANY: About 68,000 in the U.S. and 300 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call i play. at 800-876-1574 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, send email to contactus@iplaybaby.com or visit www.iplaybaby.com and click on the "Health & Safety" link at the bottom of the right side of the homepage under the Support column for more information.

LIGHT FIXTURES

DETAILS: All Longfellow model 3- and 4-light light fixtures for indoor or outdoor use. The black metal fixtures have a clear/frosted glass shade on four sides and can be wall mounted or ceiling mounted. Model number 731KL04EB, 731KM03EB, 731P03EB, 331P03BL, 731P03EB or 331P04BL is printed on the label on the canopy of the ceiling mounted fixtures or the backplate of wall mounted fixtures. They were sold at lighting showrooms nationwide and online through lighting and home improvement websites from April 2013 to September 2015.

WHY: Improper wiring can allow melting of the insulation and cause the fixtures to short out, posing fire and shock hazards.

INCIDENTS: Two reports of lights bulbs shorting. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 80.

FOR MORE: Call Varaluz collect at 702-792-6900 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit www.varaluz.com and click on the recall news article at the bottom of the homepage for more information. Consumers can also email the firm at customerservice@varaluz.com.