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Product recall: exercise resistance cords, dolls, off-road motorcycles
The following recalls have been announced:
DETAILS: Embark Resistance Cords and Cord Kits imported by Target Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn.; sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and Target.com from July 2009 through August 2011. The resistance cords' used for exercising and stretching' are made of green, blue or black rubber with black foam handles and a door attachment. They were manufactured in China.
WHY: A black plastic ball attached to the resistance cord's door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user, posing an injury hazard.
INCIDENTS: Target has received three reports of incidents in which consumers were struck in the eye by the door anchor ball. Two incidents resulted in permanent vision loss, and the severity of the injury in the third incident is unknown.
HOW MANY: About 447,000.
FOR MORE: Contact Target Guest Relations at 800-440-0680 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. EDT or visit the firm's website at www.target.com.
DETAILS: The Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls imported by Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, Calif.; sold exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide, online at www.potterybarnkids.com and through Pottery Barn Kids catalogs from July 2006 through April 2011. The dolls were manufactured in China.
WHY: 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 can fit around a child's head and neck, all posing a strangulation hazard.
INCIDENTS: The firm 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.
HOW MANY: About 81,000 in the United States and 1,300 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Contact Pottery Barn Kids by calling 855-880-4504 by cellphone from 7 a.m. to midnight EDT seven days a week or visiting the firm's website at www.potterybarnkids.com.
DETAILS: Off-Road Motorcycles imported by KTM North America Inc. of Murrieta, Calif.; sold at authorized KTM and Husaberg dealers nationwide from April 2010 through May 2011. The motorcycles were manufactured in Austria.
WHY: The motorcycle handlebar clamp can develop cracks during normal use causing the handlebars to move from their set position that can cause the rider to lose control of the vehicle, posing a fall or crash hazard.
INCIDENTS: KTM received a report of one incident in which the consumer was hospitalized from injuries received in a crash after the handlebar clamps cracked and failed to secure the handlebars.
HOW MANY: About 6,117.
FOR MORE: Contact KTM North America Inc. at 888-985-6090 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT.