For recent product recalls or notices, details in most cases are at www.cpsc.gov and other websites or numbers listed.
Electric space heaters
Duraflame electric space heaters, model DFS-220, sold in three colors: black, red and white. The heaters' flame effect resembles a fireplace and works with or without heat. The Dura-flame logo is on the front of the unit. The model number is on a white label on the back panel. They were sold August 2013 through January 2014.
Units can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. There have been about 32 reports of heaters burning or melting, including eight reports of the units catching fire.
Details: 855-884-9651; online at www.twinstarhome.com.
2014 Fiat 500L
Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.
Fiat 500Ls from the 2014 model year are affected. The cars were made between April 5, 2013, and Jan. 22, 2014, at the company's plant in Serbia.
According to documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cold temperatures can affect signals sent between the car's main computer and the gear shifter. If that happens, the shifter may not shift out of park or the response may be delayed, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler says no accidents or injuries have been reported.
Fiat dealers will replace the shifter module and update the software starting next month. Chrysler will notify owners.
Hitachi Koki and Tanaka-brand hand-held grass trimmers sold March 2010 through November 2013. Model and serial numbers are on the circular plate. Trimmers in the recall include several model numbers.
They were sold at Lowe's, Sears and other building supply stores nationwide and at Amazon.com for between $300 and $800.
The trimmers can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
No incidents are reported.
Details: 855-880-6638; online at www.hitachipowertools.com.
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is recalling children's bed canopies due to a strangulation risk. The company says that after receiving complaints from customers it has identified the risk of potential harm in canopies used to cover cots in the models: Legendarisk, Minnen bed canopy set, Barnslig Boll, Minnen Brodyr, Himmel, Fabler, Tissla and Klammig. About 2.7 million canopies have been sold since 1996.
Ikea said it was not aware of any reports of "permanent injury," but that customers had complained of canopy nets being pulled into cots and becoming entangled around infants' necks. The furniture giant said it will fully refund customers for the canopy purchases.
About 1,100 oversized Morovian Star Pendant Chandeliers made of antiqued mirrored glass and metal. The pendants come in two styles or SKUs. Both include SKU 2275188 and 2379394. They were sold at Pottery Barn stores nationwide, at potterybarn.com, and through the catalog from September 2013 through December 2013.
The joints can fail to support the weight of the pendant, causing it to fall, posing the risk of injury.
Details: 855-849-2202; online at www.Potterybarn.com.
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