Product recalls announced in recent weeks. Details are available in most cases at www.cpsc.gov and other websites or the telephone numbers listed.
TV wall mounts
About 131,000 flat-screen television wall mounts, made in China and manufactured by Milestone AV Technologies LLC, of Savage, Minn., because the elbow joint components on the product's arm do not fit together properly. This causes the attached television to tilt and possibly fall when the television is adjusted, posing a hazard to consumers. No injuries or incidents have been reported. This recall involves the Sanus Vision Mount model LF228-B1 and Simplicity model SLF2. The Sanus Vision Mount model LF228-B1 was sold nationwide through independent television mount dealers from June 2009 through July 2010. Costco sold the Simplicity model SLF2 from June 2009 through July 2010. Details: by phone at 877-894-6280; online at www.milestone.com/recall.
Garmin Ltd. is recalling roughly 1.3 million Nuvi GPS devices worldwide because their batteries have the potential to overheat and create a fire hazard. About 796,000 units were sold in the U.S.
Garmin said that certain batteries provided by a separate company have overheated in some Nuvi models. The company said it has identified fewer than 10 cases of overheating, none of which produced property damage or injury.
Garmin said the battery supplier has agreed to share the cost of replacing the battery packs and that the recall will not have a material affect on its financial results. It said owners should not attempt to remove or service the battery on their own, and asked that any affected unit be taken to a Garmin-authorized facility. Details: online at www.garmin.com/nuvibattery pcbrecall.
About 11,000 Beaba Express steam bottle warmers, manufactured in China and imported by Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, because they can allow liquids and baby food to overheat, posing a risk of burns. The company has received 10 reports of overheated bottles, including one report of an adult's finger being burned. The warmers were sold at Williams-Sonoma stores around the country, as well as through the company's website and catalog, from June 2010 through July 2010. Details: by phone at 877-548-0850; online at www.williams-sonoma.com.
About 500 infant and toddler hammocks, manufactured in Malaysia by MamaLittleHelper LLC of Frisco, Texas, because the shifting or tilting of the hammock can trap the infant against the fabric or mattress pad, posing a strangulation hazard. The company has received three reports of unbalanced hammocks, but no reports of injuries. The hammocks were sold at www.mamalittlehelper.com from May 2008 through February 2010. Details: by phone at 866-612-9986; online at www.mamalittlehelper.com/recall.htm.
About 18,450 Char-Broil vertical gas smokers, manufactured in China and imported by Char-Broil LLC of Columbus, Ga., because gas can build up inside the smoker under certain circumstances. This could cause an explosion that bursts the smoker's door open. The company has received five reports of doors bursting open, including reports of injuries. The smokers were sold at Walmart and other stores nationwide from March 2008 through June 2010. Details: by phone at 866-671-7988; online at www.charbroil.com.