Product recalls

AP News
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 12:55 AM
Product recalls

The following recalls have been announced:


DETAILS: Harbinger Ab Straps, style 371100, imported by Harbinger Fitness of Fairfield, Calif. The product consists of two straps, which are hung from an overhead structure and connected to padded nylon arm slings and plastic buckles. Users place their arms in the slings to lift themselves to do abdominal exercises. The product was manufactured in China.

WHY: The plastic buckle can break, posing the risk of falling to consumers.

INCIDENTS: There were two reported incidents of straps breaking, both resulting in lacerations to consumers' heads and necks.

HOW MANY: About 4,100.

FOR MORE: Call Harbinger for additional information at 800-729-5954 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Thursday, or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT Friday, or visit the firm's website at


DETAILS: Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets with the model numbers KNS17C and KNS21C, manufactured by Calphalon Corp. of Atlanta and sold at retailers nationwide, online and through catalog from 2007 through May 2011. The knife block sets were manufactured in China.

WHY: The tips of the 8-inch slicing knife and/or the 8-inch bread knife can protrude through the bottom slot row on the wooden block holder, posing a laceration hazard.

INCIDENTS: Calphalon has received one report of a cut finger injury.

HOW MANY: About 217,000 in the United States; 300 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Calphalon to order and receive a free repair kit for the recalled products at 800-766-5652. Contact Calphalon for more information at 800-809-7267 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT, or visit the firm's website at


DETAILS: GE Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters manufactured by Sharp Corp. of Osaka, Japan and distributed by GE Appliances and Lighting of Louisville, Ky.; sold by GE authorized representatives and HVAC distributors nationwide from March 2010 through March 2011. The air conditioner and heating units were manufactured in China.

WHY: An electrical component in the heating system can fail, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: GE and Sharp have received four reports of incidents involving smoke and/or fire with the air conditioning and heating units. In two of the reported incidents, fire extended beyond the air conditioning and heating unit, resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 90,600.

FOR MORE: Contact GE for more information and to schedule a free repair at 866-918-8771 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at