2006 Product Recalls Alert

Check here for recall updates on toys, gear, food, and other items that your family might use.

December

2.3 Million Christmas Light Sets for Shock and Fire Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, announced a voluntary recall of about 2.3 million Christmas light sets. The lights have undersized wires that can separate from the plugs and/or the light sockets, creating an electric shock and fire hazard.

There has been one report of a minor shock when a consumer touched a light string, and one report of melting wires. The light sets were sold at Hobby Lobby stores nationwide from June 2006 through early December 2006.

Consumers should stop using the lights immediately and return them to the nearest Hobby Lobby store to receive a Hobby Lobby exchange card. For more information, contact the Hobby Lobby Call Center at 800-326-7931 anytime, or log on to its Web site at www.hobbylobby.com.

56,000 Stuffed Dogs for Choking Hazard

The UCPSC, in cooperation Wal-Mart Stores Inc., announced a voluntary recall of 56,000 Holiday Time(TM) Stuffed Christmas Beagles.

The stuffed animal is a brown and white beagle with a red scarf and Santa hat. A green wreath with red pompoms is attached near the beagle's mouth. The red pompoms on the wreath could detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. No injuries have been reported.

The stuffed beagles were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from September 2006 through December 2006 for about $3.

Consumers should immediately take the stuffed animal away from young children and return it to the nearest Wal-Mart store for a full refund. For more information, contact Wal-Mart at 800-925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.walmartstores.com.

52,000 Kids' Necklaces with Lead Poisoning Hazard

The UCPSC, in cooperation with Really Useful Products Inc., announced a recall of about 52,000 mood necklaces due to a lead poisoning hazard.

The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. No injuries have been reported.

The necklaces were sold at children's, dollar, and discount stores nationwide from September 2004 through November 2006 for about $1. They are multicolored pendants shaped as hearts, moons, shamrocks, spiders, butterflies, lizards, "Diva", and "ANGEL" that hang from a black cord.

Consumers should immediately take this jewelry away from children. Consumers should return the recalled jewelry to the store where purchased for a full refund or contact Really Useful Products for information on how to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact Really Useful Products toll-free at 888-484-3444 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, or visit its Web site at www.ruproducts.com.

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