Product Recalls

A magnetic color sorting board from Discount School Supply.

Product recalls or recall notices announced recently. Details are available in most cases at and other websites or phone numbers listed.

Excellerations magnetic color sorting boards with cupcake cut-outs are used to teach color and sorting to young children. The recalled sorting board is made of plywood and is 16 inches wide and 12 inches high and has the Excellerations name and logo on the front. A clear plastic cover is attached to the board by rivets and a 4-inch-long wand with a magnet in one end is attached to the top of the board by a 13.5-inch plastic cord. The face of the board has one jar-shaped cut-out and six cupcake-shaped cut-outs that are colored red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple. Beneath the cover are about 60 multicolored metal balls, each 1 centimeter in diameter. The boards were sold at from January 2013 through March 2014.

The magnet in the wand can detach and the plywood backing can crack and release small metal balls that are sandwiched between the board and a clear plastic cover. These pose choking and serious internal injury risks associated with ingestion of a magnet and metal ball. The surface paint on the balls contains levels of lead that exceed the federal standard.

There have been six reports of the plywood backing cracking and making the small metal balls accessible to children, and two reports of the magnet detaching from the wand. No injuries have been reported.

Details: by phone at 800-338-4430; online at

Avon's Ergonomic Eyelash Curler is being recalled. It is silver with black ergonomic finger grips. The word Avon is engraved in the silver upper lash curling bar. The recalled curler has the Avon model number F3093441, which can be found on the product's box. They were sold by independent Avon sales representatives or online at from January 2007 through April 2014.

The curler can break, exposing a metal pin, which poses an eye injury hazard to consumers. There have been 24 reports of breakage, and 13 reports of injury. Details: by phone at 877-217-5076; online at

About 113,000 adult portable bed handles used to help people get in and out of bed are being recalled following reports of three deaths. The recall involves handles sold by Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, Mo.

The handles can shift out of place when attached to a bed without the use of the safety retention straps - creating a dangerous gap between the handle and the side of the mattress.

The Aman Trunk is a wooden storage trunk measuring 38 inches wide by 18 inches high by 18 inches deep. A sticker attached to the bottom of trunk has a UPC bar code numbered 24441018 and one of the following PO numbers: 200450992, 200450994, 200450995, 400450998 or 400450999. They were sold at Cost Plus World Market stores nationwide and online at from August to November 2013.

The surface coating paint on the interior metal chains contains excessive levels of lead.

Details: by phone at 877-967-5362; online at

Northstar liquid fuel lanterns with model number 2000B750 and date codes 10 13 or 11 13. The number is on the base. The date code is stamped on the underside. A Coleman logo sticker is affixed to the front of the lantern base. They were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online at from November 2013 through February 2014.

An incorrect gas feed tube was installed on the lantern. When lit, the tube can release too much fuel, posing fire and burn hazards. There have been two reports of lanterns catching fire when fuel unexpectedly leaked from the bottom of the unit. No injuries have been reported.

Details: by phone at 800-835-3278; by email to; online at

Chrysler is recalling 780,000 minivans to replace window switches that can short-circuit and overheat if exposed to moisture. Chrysler said it knows of 36 incidents related to the minivan's faulty switches, but is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

The switches, on the driver-side door, can short-circuit due to moisture. The recall involves certain 2010 through 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. Chrysler will pay to replace the switch but consumers can have it disconnected in the meantime. Details: by phone at 800-853-1403.