Total Recall: Dangerous Dolls, Eye-Popping Exercise Bands, Risky Off-Road Bikes

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Pottery Barn doll recallBeware Soft Dolls with Looped Hair

On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall by Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma (WSM), of 84,300 soft dolls named Chloe, Sophie and Audrey -- 81,000 sold in the U.S. and 1,300 in Canada -- because of a strangulation hazard. According to the USPSC, "The hair on the Chloe and Sophie dolls may contain loops that are large enough to fit around a child's head and neck, and the headband on the Audrey doll, if loosened, can form a loop that fits around" the same. Pottery Barn has received five reports of dolls with looped hair, "including one report in which a loop of the Chloe doll's hair was found around the neck of a 21-month old child. The child was not injured."

The dolls, part of Pottery Barn Kids' Doll Collection, are approximately 17 inches high, and the offending hair is made of yarn -- Audrey's black, Chloe's dark brown, and Sophie's blonde. (The names are sewn onto the bottoms of the dolls.) Manufactured in China, they were sold exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide, online at potterybarnkids.com and through Pottery Barn Kids catalogs from July 2006 to April 2011, for around $40. Consumers are advised to take the dolls away from children immediately and "cut the looped hair of the Chloe and Sophie dolls and remove the headband of the Audrey doll to eliminate the hazard." A merchandise credit is also available for those who wish to return their dolls; for instructions, contact Pottery Barn Kids toll-free at (855) 880-4505 between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. PST, seven days a week, or online at www.potterybarnkids.com.

Exercise Extreme Caution Before "Embark"ing

Also on Thursday, Target (TGT) said it would voluntarily recall 447,000 Embark Resistance Cords and Cord Kits due to an injury hazard posed by a black plastic ball attached to the resistance cord's door anchor. The ball can unexpectedly release and strike the user; three consumers have reported such incidents, two of them resulting in permanent vision loss. ("The severity of the injury in the third incident is unknown," reports CSPS.)

The resistance bands in question are made of green, blue or black rubber with black foam handles and a door attachment, with "Embark" printed on either a black strap attached to the foam handle or on the middle of the rubber cord itself. They were manufactured in China and sold at Target stores nationwide as well as online at Target.com from July 2009 through August 2011, for between $10 and $20. Consumers should stop using the cords immediately and contact the company for repair instructions.


Motorbikes May Go Too Far Off-Road

Finally, on Thursday KTM North America announced a recall of around 6,117 off-road motorcycles due to a fall or crash hazard (which, you would think, sort of comes with the territory). All KTM model year 2011 off-road/competition motorcycles are involved in the recall; according to CPSC, the bike's "handlebar clamp can develop cracks during normal use causing the handlebars to move from their set position. This can result in the rider losing control of the vehicle, posing a fall or crash hazard." And indeed the company has gotten a report of one incident in which a rider was hospitalized due to injuries received in a crash caused by handlebar clamp-cracking. Also affected are 2011 Husaberg off-road/competition motorcycles, which are blue, yellow and white in color and carry the model name and Husaberg logo on their right and left shrouds.

The bikes -- which were manufactured not in China, for a change, but in Austria -- were sold at authorized KTM and Husaberg dealers nationwide from April 2010 through May 2011; they retailed for between $6,200 and $9,500. Customers should stop using the cycles in question and contact their dealers about scheduling a free repair. Find a dealer online at www.ktm.com or www.husaberg.com, or call KTM North America customer relations at (888) 985-6090 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday to Friday.


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Deanna Munson

chinas smartmeters are killing me and my family in our home.24/7 exposure to microwaves.symptoms:heart palpitations,chest pain,tinnitus,headaches,insomnia,nausea,involuntary muscle contractions,confusion,fatigue,muscle pain

September 12 2011 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
savemycountry911

China is trying to kill us.......wait a minute. We owe them big bucks why should they want to kill us?

September 11 2011 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Williams

If They Recall Anything, They Need To Recall These so-called Smart Electric Meters Installed On Our Homes.

SMART METER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS.
1. Must-See 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI


SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER.

2. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (and some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List.

3. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH Feb 2011 found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.
http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

4. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed
(1) Human Cell Damage
(2) DNA Chain Breaks
(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier
from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters.

5. INSURANCE COMPANIES Hired Independent Laboratory Scientists and these scientists also observed Cell Damage and DNA Chain Breaks and now the Insurance Companies will NOT Insure Liability damage from Wireless Smart meters and other wireless devices.
TV Video (3 minutes):

http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382


So shouldn’t installation of Wireless smart meters on people's homes Stop?

Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user’s discretion.


6. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
 Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes):

http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

7. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS.
Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes):

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

8. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.
 2-page Press Release.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

9. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME (once active in the utility system) SHOWS RADIATION TRANSMISSION PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home.
Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OE

NOTE: many of the tests on non-ionizing radiation (the type of radiation emitted by smart meters) have been done using instruments other than smart meters because smart meters have only been in people’s homes for a very short time.

But as a Wireless smart meter emits 100 times more radiation than a cell phone, it is not difficult to project. If a machine gun (smart meter) fires 100 bullets in the same time that a pistol (cell phone) fires one bullet, it is not difficult to project the harm that the machine gun can inflict, even if the tests were done with the pistol.

September 11 2011 at 3:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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skooli

Easy to fix though. Instead of making the meters "talk" too much they need to make the meters "listen" more then only talk back, when talked to!!

September 12 2011 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Williams

If They Are Going To Recall Anything, They Need To Recall The so-called Smart Electric Meters.

SMART METER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS.
1. Must-See 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI


SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER.

2. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (and some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List.

3. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH Feb 2011 found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.
http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

4. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed
(1) Human Cell Damage
(2) DNA Chain Breaks
(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier
from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters.

5. INSURANCE COMPANIES Hired Independent Laboratory Scientists and these scientists also observed Cell Damage and DNA Chain Breaks and now the Insurance Companies will NOT Insure Liability damage from Wireless Smart meters and other wireless devices.
TV Video (3 minutes):

http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382


So shouldn’t installation of Wireless smart meters on people's homes Stop?

Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user’s discretion.


6. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
 Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes):

http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

7. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS.
Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes):

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

8. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.
 2-page Press Release.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

9. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME (once active in the utility system) SHOWS RADIATION TRANSMISSION PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home.
Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OE

NOTE: many of the tests on non-ionizing radiation (the type of radiation emitted by smart meters) have been done using instruments other than smart meters because smart meters have only been in people’s homes for a very short time.

But as a Wireless smart meter emits 100 times more radiation than a cell phone, it is not difficult to project. If a machine gun (smart meter) fires 100 bullets in the same time that a pistol (cell phone) fires one bullet, it is not difficult to project the harm that the machine gun can inflict, even if the tests were done with the pistol.

September 11 2011 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
miss cathy

I'm so glad that I'm past buying for for small children

September 11 2011 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
flhawk21

Here's an idea... why not post some actual PICTURES of the products being recalled?

September 11 2011 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jean

It would be nice to actually find products made in the USA here in America. I thought it was nice that Obama's goal is to have more products made in the USA exported to other markets, but it seems logical that we have to go back to manufacturing products in the USA first! I'm sick of the poorly constructed and toxic crap from China. Often these products are not cheap especially when they have a name brand on them we have used for years. These brand companies have their name brand products manufactered in China and they still charge a name brand price for it. It's all about maximizing their profit in everyway. Reward American companies ( not stimulus money) that employ Americans and manufacturer products here and jobs will be created. These companies should be the only companies getting tax breaks and incentives.

September 11 2011 at 9:09 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
JOHNNY

Its amazing how inexpensive the bicycles are at Target. Right off the rack 18 speed mountain bikes for $150. Look and ride like Mongoose but China Schwinn. They get cheaper each year and I buy a new one every two years. When they tried to mug me for my bike I felt like telling them it was a cheap import. Well I dont mind leaving it on the sand when I jump into the ocean. Still could use a cheaper one speed with coaster brakes and kevlar tires. Maybe Vietnam will market one.

September 11 2011 at 7:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bumper870

More China Junk taking Millions Of American Jobs. Look at the money they made. People bought them because the stores did not carry American made. We need to do more that recall of this this Foreign Stuff Taxes or fine them when they need a recall.

September 11 2011 at 2:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
parainthenoid

The great depression was a good thing. Wonder if we will be smarter this time. Wonder if we will come out the other side with more compassion, will power, constitution and love for one another. Stronger, kinder, tougher. That's why I admire and respect FDR. I don't think very many of the leaders today could stand up to something that devistating the way he did. I have respect for alot of the leaders who have been in charge of this country, over the past 4 decades that I've been alive. Things that happened because of circumstance or the carelessness of others, sometimes people from within their own party. Things they had to do, even when it hurt them politically. Conservative or Liberal. Some never lived down the things they had to do. Some may never live down the things they had to do, but I hope they can some day. Conservative or Liberal. People may "flip flop", but time and historical truth never do. I could make you all happy and flame'n angry at the same time, but it's what happened.

September 11 2011 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply