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Product recall: pourable gel fuel, range tops, recliners
The following recalls have been announced:
POURABLE GEL FUEL
DETAILS: Fireside Gel Fuel Bottles distributed by Evergreen Enterprises, of Richmond, Va. and manufactured by 2 Burn Inc., of Milwaukee, Wis.; sold at independent retailers from December 2010 through September 2011. The pourable gel fuel is in 30-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. Gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel or ceramic cup in the center of ceramic or glass firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The pourable gel fuels were manufactured in the United States.
WHY: The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. A flash fire or burn hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited when they pour more gel in.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 23,400 bottles.
FOR MORE: Contact Evergreen Enterprises at 877-558-1511 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EDT, or visit the company's website at www.myevergreen.com.
DETAILS: GE Monogram Pro Rangetop with Grill imported by General Electric - Appliances, of Louisville, Ky.; sold at General Electric authorized representatives and distributors nationwide from May 2008 through August 2011. The range top units are either 36 or 48 inches wide with a stainless steel finish and the GE Monogram badge located on the front center of the unit. The burner control knobs are located on the front panel that overhangs the cabinet. The range tops were manufactured in Mexico.
WHY: Burners on a range top operating on liquefied petroleum ("LP" or propane) may fail to ignite or light if the gas control knob is left in a position between OFF and LITE, posing a risk of delayed ignition or explosion.
INCIDENTS: GE has received six reports involving explosions in units operating on LP gas, including reports of damage to kitchen cabinets beneath the range top. No fires or injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 470.
FOR MORE: Contact General Electric at 866-645-3956 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT, or visit the firm's website at www.geappliances.com/products/recall.
RECLINERS WITH OTTOMANS
DETAILS: Glider Recliners with Ottomans imported by Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio; sold at Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009. The glider recliners come in either microfiber or leather. The recliners are reclining glider/rocking chairs on a swivel base. Both the chair and ottoman sit on circular metal bases made from 1.25 inch metal tubing and have cushions covered in either light brown or green microfiber fabric or dark brown simulated leather fabric. The recliners were manufactured in China.
WHY: An exposed gap between the moving parts of the chair and the base framework can allow access to toddlers and infants, posing an entrapment hazard. Other exposed moving parts on the chair and the ottoman can pose finger pinching and crushing hazards to older children and adults.
INCIDENTS: CPSC received two reports of children under age two who were found trapped at the neck between horizontal components of the frame at the back of the chair. In both incidents, adults were able to release the children who suffered no permanent injuries.
HOW MANY: About 375,000.
FOR MORE: Contact Big Lots for a free repair kit that covers the base framework and the moving parts of the chair and ottoman at 866-244-5687 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT, or visit the firm's web site at www.biglots.com.