Recently Recalled Consumer Products

importantBig Fireworks has recalled approximately 1,040 units of their Big Sword Fireworks devices this past Thursday, July 3. The firework fountain device can explode unexpectedly, which poses a risk of impact and burn to the user. The recall affects the Big Sword fireworks device, which is a mock sword that is intended to be held in hand by the user while it emits sparks from the tip of the sword.

The blue and yellow sword has a Big Fireworks logo and the words “Big Sword” printed on the front, and a yellow cardboard tag on the sword’s handle that also says “Big Sword.” The tag has a caution statement printed on it as well. The sword is 30 inches long and has model number 3609 printed above the barcode.

The product was sold at Big Fireworks retailers and wholesale distributors nationwide between April 2014 and June 2014. So far the firm has received 2 reports of the sword exploding unexpectedly while in use, though no injuries have been reported. Consumers are instructed to immediately stop using the fireworks devices and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Californian firm Foster Farms has recalled an undisclosed amount of chicken products due to possible Salmonella contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS). The recalled poultry is possibly contaminated with a particular strain of Salmonella which results in illness.

The recall includes fresh chicken products sold by retailers under Foster Farms or other private label brand names. Recalled chicken will have varying use-by dates, between March 16 and March 31, 2014. The recall also includes frozen Sunland Chicken products with use-by dates from March 7 to March 11 2015.

Recalled products have the establishment number “P6137,” P6137A” or “P7632” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled products were shipped to Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway, and other retailers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The FSIS has released a complete list of all recalled products which can be accessed by the public.

On July 1, Sony recalled their VAIO Flip pc laptops. The computer’s lithium-ion batteries can overheat and pose a risk for fire and burns to the user. So far Sony has recalled about 680 units. The recalled computers include Sony’s VAIO Flip PC laptops with model number SVF11N13CXS. The personal computers were sold in colors black, silver, and pink.

The computers come with a Panasonic-manufactured lithium-ion battery which is prone to overheating. The laptops have a folding touch screen that is 11.6 inches diagonally and a backlit keyboard. The VAIO logo is printed on the top of the computer, near the hinge. The model and serial numbers are printed on the underside of the screen.

The label can be located by opening the computer and moving the switch from the lock to the release position and flip the display. So far Sony has heard 4 incidents, which occurred in Asia, where computers overheated which resulted in the computers, smoking, catching on fire and melting, though no injuries have been reported. Consumers are urged to stop using the computers, shut down and unplug the computers, and contact Sony for a free inspection and a free repair or refund of the computer’s price.


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