Sunday, July 01, 2007

5/2/07 Recalls Payless Shoes, Children's Necklaces, Target Anima Bamboo, Children's Rings, Graco Soft Block, Vinyl Baby Bibs

1. Payless ShoeSource Recalls Children's Clog Shoes Due to Choking
Hazard
2. Oriental Trading Company Inc. Recalls Children's Necklaces Due to
Lead Hazard
3. Target Recalls Anima Bamboo Collection Games Due to Lead Poisoning
Hazard
4. Lead Poisoning Hazard Prompts Cardinal Distributing to Again Recall
Children's Rings
5. Graco Children's Products Recalls to Replace Soft Blocks Towers on
Activity Centers Due to Choking Hazard
6. CPSC Warns About Worn Vinyl Baby Bibs
7. CPSC Public Calendar


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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007
Release #07-171

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 654-0697
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Payless ShoeSource Recalls Children's Clog Shoes Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Children's Airwalk(r) Compel Shoes

Units: About 690,000

Manufacturer: Payless ShoeSource, Inc., of Topeka, Kan.

Hazard: Plastic rivets used to attach the strap to the shoe can detach,
posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Payless has received one report of a child who began
to choke on a detached rivet. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Airwalk(r) Compel clog shoes sold in
prewalk sizes 3 through toddler size 10. The flexible shoes have air
ventilation holes on the top and side and plastic rivets with the
Airwalk(r) logo attached to the strap. Airwalk(r) and the shoe size are
printed on the sole of the shoe. No other sizes, styles or models are
included in this recall.

Sold at: Payless ShoeSource and Pamida stores nationwide and Payless.com
from August 2006 through early April 2007 for about $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the shoes away from young children
immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or
exchange.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Payless at (800)
654-0697 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, 9:30
a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Consumers can also visit the firm's Web site at
www.payless.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the
recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07171.html


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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007
Release #07-172

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 723-6155
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Oriental Trading Company Inc. Recalls Children's Necklaces Due to Lead
Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Children's Religious Fish Necklaces

Units: About 132,000

Importer: Oriental Trading Company Inc., of Omaha, Neb.

Hazard: The recalled children's necklaces contain high levels of lead.
Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health
effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled necklaces have a silver fish pendant that
hangs from a black cord.

Sold Exclusively at: Oriental Trading Company Inc. Web site and catalog
from January 2005 through January 2007 for about 70 cents.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled necklaces away
from children and discard it and contact Oriental Trading Company Inc.
for information on how to receive a full refund or credit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Oriental Trading
Company Inc. at (800) 723-6155 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at
www.orientaltrading.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the
recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07172.html


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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007
Release #07-173

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 440-0680
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Target Recalls Anima Bamboo Collection Games Due to Lead Poisoning
Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Anima - Bamboo Collection Games

Units: About 5,000

Importer: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Manufacturer: HaPe International Ltd., of Ningbo, China

Hazard: The toys in the bamboo game sets could contain lead paint, which
is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health
effects.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Anima-Bamboo Collection Games. The
games contain 38 bamboo pads, four ghosts, and one dice. The product's
packaging is an orange box with the words "Anima" and "BAMBOO Collection
Games" are printed on each side.

Sold at: Target stores nationwide from December 2006 through April 2007
for $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the game away from children
and return them to the nearest Target store for full refund, including
applicable sales tax.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Target at (800)
440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit
the firm's Web site at www.target.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the
recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07173.html


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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007
Release #07-174

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 368-2062
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Lead Poisoning Hazard Prompts Cardinal Distributing to Again Recall
Children's Rings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Children's Rings with Dice or Horseshoes

Units: About 200

Importer: Cardinal Distributing Co. Inc., of Baltimore, Md.

Hazard: The rings contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested
by young children and can cause adverse health effects. These rings were
subject to the July 2004 recall of 150 million pieces of children's
metal jewelry. The firm placed the recalled rings that it had pulled
from stores back into circulation.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled rings are silver with either dice or
horseshoes on top. The numbers on some of the dice are painted in
various colors, others are not painted. The horseshoes have either pink
and green or purple and yellow painted polka dots.

Sold in: Vending machines located in malls, discount, department and
grocery stores in the Baltimore, Maryland area from August 2004 through
March 2007 for about 25 cents.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled rings away from
children and throw the rings away.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cardinal
Distributing Co. Inc. at (800) 368-2062 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET,
Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at
www.vendingdepot.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07174.html


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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007
Release #07-176

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 345-4109
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Graco Children's Products Recalls to Replace Soft Blocks Towers on
Activity Centers Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Soft Blocks Tower Toys (on Graco(r) Baby Einstein(r)
discover and play(tm) Activity Centers)

Units: About 40,000

Manufacturer: Graco Children's Products Inc., of Exton, Pa.

Hazard: The plastic covering on the soft block towers can detach, posing
a choking hazard to infants.

Incidents/Injuries: Graco has received 137 reports of infants mouthing
and chewing pieces of the plastic film covering, some of whom required
medical attention. Serious incident reports include 32 infants who
gagged and 49 who choked on the plastic covering.

Description: The soft block tower is a stack of three different shaped
stuffed fabric blocks in red, yellow and blue. Pictures of apples, fire
engines, ducks, bananas, birds and blueberries on the blocks are covered
in plastic film. The soft blocks are one of nine toys that snap onto the
tray of the activity center. Only model number 4635BEE with serial
numbers 012705 through 063005, which indicates the manufacture dates of
January 27, 2005 through June 30, 2005, are included in this recall.
Model and serial numbers are located underneath the activity center's
tray.

Sold at: Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Babies "R" Us, Toys
"R" Us, Meijer, Shopko, Target, and various specialty retailers
nationwide, and on Wal-Mart.com and Target.com from February 2005
through about December 2005 for $80.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the Soft Blocks toy from the
activity center and contact Graco for a free replacement Tower toy
without the plastic film. Consumers can continue to use the activity
center after the soft block tower has been removed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Graco at (800)
345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or log on
to www.gracobaby.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07176.html


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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007
Release #07-175

CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC Warns About Worn Vinyl Baby Bibs

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
staff today warned that there is a potential risk of lead exposure from
baby bibs with cracked or peeling vinyl surfaces. This consumer alert
applies only to used bibs that are worn or have deteriorated. Pieces of
vinyl containing lead could pose a hazard to infants if they are
swallowed. CPSC staff recommends that parents and caregivers discard
bibs that are in poor condition to avoid any potential exposure to lead
from swallowed vinyl.

Some vinyl materials, including those used as the front or back of baby
bibs, contain lead (Pb) compounds as part of their formulation. Acting
on information provided by and in cooperation with the New York and
Illinois Attorney Generals' Offices, CPSC recently tested a wide range
of bibs from various retailers nationwide.

The CPSC staff's risk assessment concludes that none of the bibs that
were tested at CPSC's laboratory would pose a risk of substantial
illness to children from mouthing. However, if the condition of a vinyl
bib deteriorates to the point that a baby could pull or bite off and
swallow a piece of vinyl containing lead, then the amounts of lead
consumed could approach levels of concern.

CPSC staff therefore advises parents and caregivers to stop using vinyl
bibs in such condition. In the CPSC staff's view, this step could
effectively prevent any significant risk of exposure to lead from these
products. This precaution would also protect infants from the risk of
choking on loose pieces of vinyl.

CPSC takes the issue of lead exposure very seriously, as lead is toxic
and if ingested by young children can cause adverse health effects, such
as learning disabilities, behavioral problems, growth retardation and
hearing problems. There have been no reported injuries involving these
bibs.

Vinyl baby bibs have been sold through major retailers since at least
2004. They range in price from $2 to $7 and come in packs of up to ten.
The bibs come in colorful designs and have either a vinyl front with a
cloth backing or a cloth front with vinyl backing.

Manufacturers and retailers, in cooperation with the CPSC and the New
York and Illinois Attorneys General, plan to develop clear and effective
guidelines addressing the use of vinyl in children's products.

To see this release on CPSC's web site, including a link to testing
results, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07175.html


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CPSC Public Calendar

Vol. XXXIV No. 29
May 2, 2007

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Washington, DC 20207 May 2, 2007

Commission Agendas

There are no Commission briefings or Commission meetings scheduled for
the week of May 7, 2007. For a recorded message concerning the latest
agenda information call (301) 504-7948.

Meetings Between Commission Staff and Outside Parties

All meetings listed below are open to the public unless otherwise
stated. For information on a specific meeting or to attend a meeting,
please call the contact person listed for that meeting.

Abbreviations: we use asterisks (*) to identify meetings for the current
week which have not appeared before in the printed Public Calendar. If
the meeting involves discussion of a "substantial interest matter,"
defined by CPSC's Meetings Policy, we show the date when we posted
notice of the meeting on the Master Calendar. The Master Calendar is in
the Office of the Secretary, Room 502, telephone (301) 504-7923. We
indicate whether a meeting is of substantial interest by the symbol (S);
we use the symbol (N) to indicate non-substantial interest meetings. The
Commission offices are located in the Bethesda Towers Building, 4330
East West Highway, Bethesda,Maryland.

Under the Meetings Policy, a staff person holding or attending a
substantial interest meeting must file a log of the meeting with the
Office of the Secretary within 20 days.

Week of May 7 thru May 13

Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8

*Colin Church, Voluntary Standards Coordinator, and other CPSC staff
participating in meetings of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) various
councils; 8:00 a.m. 5/7 ending at 6:00 p.m. on 5/8, at the Westin
Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL. The
meeting was requested by UL. For additional information contact Victoria
Johnson, Underwriters Laboratories, 847-664-3971 or Colin Church, (301)
504-7245. Posted on Master Calendar 4/30/07. (S)

Tuesday, May 8

Acting Chairman Nancy Nord; Quin Dodd, Chief of Staff; David DiMatteo,
Legal Counsel; and Patricia Adair, Special Assistant, meeting with
Edward D. Krenik, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, and other representatives of
the Power Tool Institute, to discuss table saw safety; 3:00 p.m.,
Bethesda Towers, room 724. The meeting was requested by Edward D.
Krenik. For additional information contact Deborah Searles, (301)
504-7896. (S)

Commissioner Thomas H. Moore; Pamela Weller and Gougisha, Counselors to
Commissioner Moore, meeting with John Schiech, Jim O'Brien, Black &
Decker; Steve Karaga, Hitachi Koki, USA, Ltd.; Ken Hefley, Dan Rhodes,
Makita USA, Inc.; Frank Carroll, Jason Feldner, Robert Bosch Tool Corp.;
Bryan Whiffen, Techtronic Industries-North America; Hardy Hamann, WMH
Tool Group; Art Herold, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean; Susan Young, Bob
Stoll, Thomas Associates, Inc.; Scott Segal, Ed Krenik, Bracewell and
Giuliani LLP, to discuss table saw information; 2:00 p.m., Bethesda
Towers, room 714. The meeting was requested by Edward Krenik. For
additional information contact Linda Taylor, (301) 504-7895 or
ltaylor@cpsc.gov. (S)

Wednesday and Thursday, May 9-10

*Allyson Tenney, Engineering Sciences, attending ASTM F15.45, Candle
Products Fire Safety Task Group meeting; Downtown Courtyard by Marriott,
Columbus, OH. For additional information contact Allyson Tenney, (301)
504-7567. Posted on Master Calendar 5/1/07. (S)

Future

Thursday, May 17

Rik Khanna and Shivani Mehta, Engineering Sciences, meeting with ASTM
Subcommittee F15.02 to discuss cigarette lighter (ASTM F-400-04) and
utility lighter (F-2201-02) standards; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Marriott at
Metro Center, 775 12th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. The meeting
was requested by Ed Lewiecki, ASTM Subcommittee F15.02 Chairman. For
additional information contact Rik Khanna, (301) 504-7546. (S)

Monday, May 21 thru Wednesday, May 23

Troy Whitfield, Engineering Sciences, attending the ASTM F15 Playground
subcommittee meeting at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, VA. For
additional information contact Troy Whitfield, (301) 504-7548. (S)

Tuesday, May 22 thru Thursday, May 24

Vince Amodeo, Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff attending the
ASTM F08 Sports Equipment and Facilities subcommittee conferences to
discuss voluntary standards for bicycles and paintball markers; at
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside in Norfolk, VA. For additional information
contact Vince Amodeo, (301) 504-7570. (S)

Wednesday, May 30

Patricia Bittner and Marilyn Wind, Health Sciences, attending an NGO
preparatory meeting for the OECD Joint Meeting of the Chemicals
Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides, and
Biotechnology; 1:00-3:00 p.m., EPA East Building, Room 3371C, 1201
Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. For additional
information contact Patricia Bittner, (301) 504-7263 or
pbittner@cpsc.gov. (N)

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