“Shrek” Drinking Glass Recall
On June 4, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and McDonald’s Corp. announced a safety recall of approximately 12 million “Shrek Forever After 3D” collectable drinking glasses that were sold exclusively in McDonald’s restaurants nationwide from May 2010 through June 2010. The designs on the drinking glasses were found to contain unsafe levels of the metal cadmium, which can pose a health risk to consumers.
The recall affects all four collectable designs of “Shrek Forever After 3D” 16-ounce drinking glasses (Shrek, Fiona, Puss n’ Boots, and Donkey).
Long-term exposure to cadmium, even in low doses, can lead to kidney damage, decreased bone density, and loss of bone, especially in children.
Consumers are advised to stop using the drinking glasses immediately and visit the McDonald’s website for information about a full refund.
Giraffe Blanket Recall
On May 18, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Rashti & Rashti, of New York, N.Y., announced a safety recall of 44,000 Giraffe Security Blankets, sold exclusively in Target stores. The security blankets were found to pose a choking hazard if the balls on the top of the giraffe’s horns detach from the toy.
The recall affects the pink “I Love You” security blanket, measuring 14 inches wide by 14 inches and length with a giraffe plush head on top. A label on the blanket shows style number Y22230H and “Just One Year a division of Carter’s.”
Consumers are urged to take the blankets away from children immediately and contact the company online or at 888-594-3730 to receive a full refund. The security blankets were sold in Target stores from January 2009 through August 2009 for about $9.
Nike Bauer Hockey Stick Recall
On April 1, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Bauer Hockey Inc. announced a voluntary recall of approximately 127,000 youth and junior hockey sticks, shafts, and blades, citing a violation of federal lead paint standards discovered in the undercoat paint and decals on the products. Though the company has received no reports of injuries so far, if ingested by children, the paint could pose a health risk.
The recall affects the following Bauer junior and youth hockey sticks that were sold in the U.S. and Canada from February 2005 through March 2010:
- Nike Bauer Supreme One50 Junior Player Stick (sticks, shafts, and replacement blades)
- Nike Bauer Supreme One70 Junior Player Stick
- Nike Bauer Supreme One75 Junior Player and Goal Sticks
- Bauer Supreme One75 Junior Player Stick
- Nike Bauer Supreme One90 Youth and Junior Stick (sticks, shafts, and replacement blades)
- Nike Bauer Vapor XVI Junior Player Stick
- Nike Bauer Vapor XX Junior Player and Goal Sticks
- Bauer Vapor XX Junior Player Stick
- Nike Bauer Apollo Junior Player Stick (U.S. only)
- Nike Bauer Supreme Force Junior Player Stick (U.S. only)
- Nike Bauer Supreme Accel Junior Player Stick (Canada only)
- Nike Bauer Supreme One40 Junior Player Stick (Canada only)
- Nike Bauer Supreme OneLTX Junior Player Stick (Canada only)
The recalled hockey sticks, shafts, and blades are imprinted with “Bauer” and the model description, and most of the sticks feature the Nike swoosh symbol.
Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled hockey sticks immediately and return the products for a refund or replacement stick. Bauer Hockey can be contacted at 1-888-734-0443 or online.
Papyrus Greeting Card Recall
On February 2, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Schurman Fine Papers announced a voluntary recall of approximately 174,000 Papyrus brand children’s greeting cards. The bracelets sold with certain greeting cards contain excessive amounts of lead which can be harmful if ingested by children. The product violates federal lead paint safety standards.
The recall affects Papyrus brand children’s greeting cards sold with a wooded bracelet featuring heart and butterfly beads. The front of the card reads, “Happy Birthday To You,” and the back reads “BD 63401 | ©Jean Card & Gift Company.” The UPC number 734524634013 can be found in the lower right corner of the card insert.
The recalled cards were sold in card stores and other retailers in the U.S. and Canada from February 2004 through September 2009.
Consumers are advised to stop using the bracelets immediately and contact Schurman Fine Papers at 888-990-9095 to receive a full refund.