Several products were recalled this week for posing fire hazards to consumers. The biggest such recall involves 928,000 HP fax machines. Two different Bumbleride strollers may put children at risk for a fall. And a supplier of egg products used in sandwiches and salads by numerous retailers issued a warning of possible Listeria contamination.
Fax machines and printers recalled
Hewlett-Packard recalled nearly 1 million HP Fax 1040 and 1050 models because an internal electrical component failure may cause them to overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Some of the recalled fax machines were replacement units for a June 2008 recall involving HP fax model 1010. The fax machines were sold at retailers nationwide and online from November 2004 through December 2011. Consumers may contact HP at (888) 654-9296 for rebate information. If you are interested in a new fax machine, check out our report on the Best Reviewed models.
Konica Minolta also issued a voluntary recall of 8,430 desktop models of laser color printers: Magicolor 4750DN, Magicolor 3730DN, Bizhub C35 and Bizhub C35P, because they can short circuit and overheat during use, posing a fire and burn hazard. The printers were sold nationwide at value-added resellers and through Konica Minolta dealers from June 2010 to March 2011. Owners of the Magicolor 3730DN and 4750DN should contact Konica Minolta at (800) 825-5664 for a free replacement. Service representatives for the company will contact owners of the other models to schedule repair and replacement. If you would prefer to buy a new printer instead of using these recalled models, visit our report on the best printers.
Hot home products
Two lighting products were recalled for posing shock and fire hazards:
- Design Direct recalled rooster-themed lamps sold at Fred’s Inc. stores nationwide between October 2011 and November 2011. The electrical cord can fray near the base of the lamp, though no injuries have been reported. The lamps are labeled “Distributed by Fred’s Inc.” with “SKU 61589.” Consumers may contact Designs Direct at (888) 770-7062 for a refund.
- West Elm recalled its Overarching Floor Lamp after receiving 39 reports of short circuits in the lamp. The floor lamps were sold from March 2011 through November 2011. Consumers may return the floor lamps to West Elm for full store credit, or contact the company at (855) 236-1941.
York International reissued a recall of nearly 224,000 gas furnaces for manufactured homes after receiving 366 reports of fires since the original recall was issued in November 2004. The recall involves Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T brand furnaces, sold nationwide between 1995 and 2000. Consumers may contact UPG, a division of York, at (888) 665-4640 to schedule a free inspection and repair of any furnace involved in the recall. For safe furnaces, read our report on the Best Reviewed models.
In autos safety
Ford recalled more than 13,000 2011-2012 F-53 and F-59 vehicles because a problem with the gear indicator means drivers won’t know whether the vehicle is in park or reverse, posing a crash risk. Owners may contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.
Maserati recalled some 1,800 2008-2010 Granturismo vehicles because the rear tail and brake lights may fail. Owners may contact Maserati at (201) 816-2600.
Two car manufacturers issued recalls due to faulty air bag deployment:
- Honda recalled 347 units of 2012 Accords and Crosstours
- Toyota recalled 427 units of 2011 RAV4 vehicles
Bumbleride issued a voluntary recall of its Bumbleride Indie and Indie Twin Strollers due to a fall hazard. The company has received 36 incidents of the front wheel cracking, including two reports of the stroller tipping over resulting in minor injuries. The recalled strollers include model numbers I-107, I-110 and I-205 with a DOM (Date of Manufacture) from January 2009 through August 2011 sold in multiple colors; the recalled twin strollers are model numbers IT-108, IT-111, and IT-305 with a DOM from January 2009 through August 2011 sold in multiple colors. They were sold at baby product stores nationwide, online at Bumbleride.com, and other online retailers between January 2009 and January 2012. Consumers may contact Bumbleride at email@example.com or at (800) 530-3930 to receive a free front wheel retrofit kit. Note: The Bumbleride Indie is a Runner up Jogging Stroller by ConsumerSearch. For other suggestions on strollers, visit our extensive coverage.
In your pantry
Michael Foods Inc. recalled specific lot dates of hard-cooked eggs because of possible Listeria contamination. These eggs were used by food distributors and retailers in packaged salads and sandwiches across 34 states. Related recalls include:
- Grand Strand Sandwich Company, which recalled contaminated chicken salad sandwiches
- Harold Food Company recalled affected chicken salad
- GH Foods recalled prepared sandwiches sold under the Delish brand in California; and Fresh Garden Highway Cobb Salad
- Greencore recalled Quick Café and Take Away Café egg salad sandwiches and Thornton’s Quick Cafe Chef Salad Thornton’s Quick Cafe Chef Salad
- FS Company recalled Cobb and spinach salad
- 18th Street Deli Inc., recalled julienne salads
- Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens recalled prepared salads
- Wegman’s Food Markets recalled hard-cooked eggs and prepared products containing hard-cooked eggs
Healthy People Co. issued a voluntary recall of certain dietary supplements, including Mince Belle, Everlax, Ever Slim, Ever Slim Shake Mix Dietary Supplement Strawberry, and Ever Slim Shake Mix Dietary Supplement Chocolate because they contain undeclared Sibutramine and Tadalafil, making these products unapproved new drugs. Sibutramine is an FDA-approved drug for appetite suppression, and Tadalafil is an FDA-approved drug for erectile dysfunction.