Consumers urged to heed product recalls
April 16, 1998
Curtains draped over halogen lamps have caused 11 known
deaths and 260 fires over the past few years
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission wants consumers to take note: Dangerous products
that have been recalled may still be a threat in your home.
"People may not see all of our recalls during the year of
really hazardous products, so (the recalled products) may
still be lurking in people's homes," CPSC chairwoman Ann
For the second year in a row, the CPSC is spearheading a
recall roundup to urge consumers to purge potentially
dangerous products from belongings.
Spring cleaning could save a life.
Among the items to look out for:
- Collapsible playpens
If the top rail on your child's playpen does not
automatically lock into place when the playpen is fully set
up, the playpen could collapse and entrap your child.
- Bunk beds with inadequate spacing
Since 1990, the CPSC has received reports of more than
50 children who were strangled in bunk beds.
"Take your old trusty ruler and measure the spaces (in
the beds)," Brown said. "If you have a bunk bed with spaces
more than three-and-a-half inches, stop using it."
- Halogen torchiere floor lamps made before February 1997
Halogen bulbs can burn very hot, and could start a fire
if a flammable object comes in contact with an unprotected
bulb. Call 800-985-2220 for information about obtaining a
free wire guard for your floor lamp.
- Hand-held hair dryers
Old hand-held dryers electrocute about two people a
year, down from 20. New hairdryers are required to have
shock-protection devices built into large rectangular shaped
- Lawn darts
The CPSC banned lawn darts in 1988, but the agency still
gets reports of injuries caused by the items intended for
outdoor play. The agency says parents who find these darts
should destroy them immediately.
Correspondent Kyoko Altman contributed to this report.