Recalls this week include wooden toy rattles, baby monitors, dehumidifiers

Friday, August 13, 2010

Recalls this week: Toy rattles, baby monitors

NEW YORK — Wooden toy rattles and video baby monitors are among the recalled products in this week’s roundup. A few food items are included, too, along with some dietary supplements used for erectile dysfunction. Plus, there’s another auto recall to add to the mix.

Here are the recalled items this week:


DETAILS: Wooden toy rattles, manufactured in China and distributed by P. Graham Dunn, of Dalton, Ohio, have been recalled. They were sold by gift and book stores around the country between June and July.

WHY: The internal metal rattle can be exposed and pose a choking hazard.

INCIDENTS: The company has received four reports of exposed rattles, but no reports of injuries.

HOW MANY: About 500

FOR MORE: Call 800-828-5260; or visit


DETAILS: Levana wireless video baby monitors, manufactured in China and distributed by Circus World Displays Limited of Ontario, Canada, have been recalled. The cameras were sold by BB Buggy and Health and Safety stores, as well as online.

WHY: The wiring can overheat, posing a burn hazard.

INCIDENTS: The company has received two reports of overheated cameras, but no reports of injuries.

HOW MANY: About 800

FOR MORE: Call 866-946-7828; or visit


DETAILS: Products for erectile dysfunction sold under the following names are recalled: Stiff Nights, Aziffa, Size Matters, Erex, Mojo, Hard Drive, Eyeful, Red Magic, Straight Up, Zotrex, Monster Excyte, WOW, Xaitrex, Verect, Prolatis, Xytamax, Maxyte, Libidinal, OMG, OMG45 and Zilex (with Golden Spear). All lots of the products with manufacture or distribution dates prior to June 17 are being recalled.

WHY: Novacare LLC has been informed by the Food and Drug Administration that the products appear to contain sulfoaildenafil, an FDA-approved drug used as treatment for male erectile dysfunction. Sulfoaildenafil is not declared on the product labels. The undeclared ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease often take nitrates.

INCIDENTS: No illnesses or adverse effects have been reported, the company said.

HOW MANY: Not specified.

FOR MORE: Call 801-290-1738; or visit


DETAILS: The Consumer Product Safety Commission is repeating a December 2009 recall of portable dehumidifiers, because of additional reports of incidents involving these items. The dehumidifiers, manufactured in China by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. They were sold at Home Depot, Walmart and Heat Controller Inc. stores nationwide between January 2007 and June 2008.

WHY: An internal component can short circuit, posing a risk of fires.

INCIDENTS: The initial recall announcement included 11 reports of incidents involving the dehumidifiers. The company has since received four additional reports of fires, including one that resulted in significant damage. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: 98,000

FOR MORE: Call 877-220-0479; or visit or


DETAILS: Goya Foods Inc. of Secaucus, N.J., is recalling 14-ounce packages of frozen mamey pulp, a fruit pulp added as a thickener in milkshakes and smoothies. It was available at stores in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. The product comes in a 14-ounce plastic package and is not marked with a lot number or expiration date. The UPC is 041331090803.

WHY: It could be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and others with weakened immune systems.

INCIDENTS: At least seven cases of typhoid fever have been linked to the product by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HOW MANY: Not specified

FOR MORE: Call 800-275-4692.


DETAILS: Fresh Express, of Salinas, Calif., a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International Inc., is voluntarily recalling some of its salad products including Veggie Lovers Salad. The salad mix has a product code of I208 and use-by date of Aug. 10. The salad mix was distributed to 13 states with the potential for redistribution by customers to additional states. The product was distributed to Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The mix could then have been sent to Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and the District of Columbia

WHY: Because of a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

INCIDENTS: No illnesses have been reported, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

HOW MANY: 2,825 cases

FOR MORE: Call (800) 242-5472; or visit


DETAILS: Honda Motor Co. is recalling Accord and Civic passenger cars including the 2003 Accord and Civic and the 2003-2004 Honda Element.

WHY: Problems with an ignition switch could allow the key to be removed without the transmission being shifted into park. The defect could lead to a vehicle rolling away and increase the risk of a crash.

INCIDENTS: The company said it has received several complaints about the ignition interlock and “is aware of a small number of related incidents, including one that resulted in a minor injury.” The government received 16 complaints about the failure of the ignition interlock in 2002 and 2003 Accords. Eleven of the complaints alleged that the failure of the interlocks led to rollaway crashes.

HOW MANY: 197,000 Accords, 117,000 Civics and 69,000 Elements.

FOR MORE: Call 800-999-1009 and select option 4; or visit

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