Recalls this week: shears, helmets

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Posted: Oct 10, 2014 1:53 PM

Nearly 300,000 shears that can break are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty helmets and hanging lamps.

Here's a more detailed view:

SHEARS

DETAILS: Fiskars 32-Inch Bypass Lopper Shears with model number 6954. They were sold at The Home Depot Inc. stores nationwide and online at HomeDepot.com from May 2011 through June 2014 for about $40.

WHY: The handles can break when cutting branches and cause injuries.

INCIDENTS: 11 reports of the handles breaking, which caused bruising and cuts to some users. Some needed stitches on their head and face.

HOW MANY: About 277,000.

FOR MORE: Call Friskars at 855-544-0151 or go to www2.fiskars.com and click on product notifications on the bottom of the page.

CHAIR AND TABLE SET

DETAILS: A three-piece cafe set sold at Costco Wholesale Stores. The set includes two aluminum swivel chairs and a rectangular table with a tabletop made from porcelain tile. They were sold from December 2013 to May 2014 for about $400.

WHY: The recalled chairs can break due to a missing metal washer plate and might cause a customer to fall.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 18,000.

FOR MORE: Call Dimension, the distributor, at 800-598-6532 or go online at www.costco.com.

BED BUG HEAT TREATMENT SYSTEMS

DETAILS: ThermalStrike Expedition bed bug heat treatment system. Customers use them by placing items inside to kill bed bugs. They were sold at Bedbug Central, Bedbug Supply, Protect-a-Bed, Univar and other pest control sellers nationwide between December 2011 and May 2014 for between $189 and $199. They were also sold online at Amazon.com.

WHY: A flexible, electrical conducting strip at the top of the device can break, posing a fire risk.

INCIDENTS: Four reports of an electrical strip breaking. There is one report of a fire and three reports of units sparking. No injuries were reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,700.

FOR MORE: Call PAB Two at 866-470-1755 or go online at www.thermalstrike.com.

ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES

DETAILS: Kymco MXU 700 ATVs that came in black, camouflage, gold, green, red and silver. The recall is for model years 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were sold at Kymco dealers nationwide from April 2013 to August 2014 for about $9,000.

WHY: The fuel cap may not vent properly, causing the fuel to heat up and pressure to build up in the tank and may cause it to rupture and burn the rider or start a fire.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 540.

FOR MORE: Call Kymco at 888-235-3417 or go online www.kymcousa.com.

HANGING LAMPS

DETAILS: Hanging lamps that were sold at Rejuvenation stores nationwide from July to September for between $250 and $325.

WHY: The cord holding the pendant can fail, causing it to fall from the ceiling.

INCIDENTS: One report of the pendant falling. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 85.

FOR MORE: Call Rejuvenation at 888-401-1900 or go online at www.rejuvenation.com.

BICYCLE HELMETS

DETAILS: Louis Garneau P-09 aerodynamic bicycle helmets with model number 1405362. They were sold at bicycle dealers nationwide and online at Louisgarneau.com from January through September for between $280 and $350.

WHY: The helmet may not protect the wearer from impact in cold weather.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,180.

FOR MORE: Call Louis Garneau USA at 800-448-1984 or go online at www.louisgarneau.com/us-en/.