- Health Alerts
Hair conditioner warning
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating complaints of hair loss, hair breakage, balding, itching and rash after using WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners. There have been 127 reports to the FDA and 21,000 complaints to the company.
The conditioner comes in several varieties. Products most often reported to cause reactions were sweet almond mint, lavender and pomegranate.
Anyone who has used the products and had hair loss or other reactions should contact their health care provider. Report reactions to the FDA at http://bit.ly/29LKvta or call 800-332-1088.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed. Consumers can submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online product safety database at www.SaferProducts.gov. A searchable food and medical product recall database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.
Units: About 217,600
Hazard: The front wheel can fall off, posing crash and fall hazards.
Description: Recalled are Instep and Schwinn swivel wheel jogging strollers for one or two children. They have a quick release mechanism for removing and re-attaching the front wheel. The model numbers of the affected strollers can be found at http://bit.ly/2aN5o8s.
Sold at: Small retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Toys-R-Us.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers from January 2010 through June 2016 for $130 to $350.
Remedy: Contact Pacific Cycle for a repair kit to secure the front wheel. Do not return the strollers to retailers where purchased. A repair video is available at www.pacific-cycle.com/safety-notices-recalls/.
Units: About 80,000
Hazard: The locking mechanism can open unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard.
Description: Recalled safety gates and safety gate extensions are white and made of beech wood or steel and plastic. Gates with the following article numbers printed on a label attached to the metal bar at the bottom of the gate are recalled: PATRULL safety gate 702.390.98; PATRULL safety gate extension 602.651.44; PATRULL FAST safety gate (white) 700.377.26, 702.265.19; PATRULL FAST safety gate (beech wood) 300.375.68, 700.989.51, 701.135.98 and 901.919.53; PATRULL KLÄMMA safety gate 302.265.21; and PATRULL KLÄMMA safety gate extension 302.651.45, 902.265.23.
Sold at: IKEA stores and at www.ikea-usa.com from August 1995 through June 2016 for $10 to $60.
Remedy: Return gates and extensions to any IKEA store for a refund.
Contact: Call IKEA at 888-966-4532 or visit www.ikea-usa.com.
Video baby monitors
Units: About 26,000
Hazard: The monitor’s batteries can overheat, swell and expand and cause the battery cover to open or come off. This can expose hot batteries, posing a burn hazard.
Description: Recalled are Lorex Care ‘N’ Share video baby monitors with model numbers WL3520, WL4320 or WL3401. Numbers are printed on the back panel of the monitor. Sold in bundles with cameras, the monitors contain a blue lithium polymer battery.
Sold at: Babies “R” Us, B&H, Best Buy, Target, The Home Depot, Wal-Mart and online at www.amazon.com and www.lorextechnology.com from May 2013 through April 2016. The video baby monitors were sold in bundles for $60 to $140.
Remedy: Contact Lorex for a refund.
Contact: Call 844-265-7388 or visit www.lorextechnology.com.
Clog removing products
Units: About 5.4 million
Hazard: Bottles are not child-resistant, and children can remove the top, posing a risk of chemical burns, skin and eye irritation.
Description: Recalled are three Liquid Plumr clog removing products in 17-ounce bottles: Pro-Strength Foaming Clog Fighter, formerly sold as Slow Flow Fighter (UPC Code 44600-00214); Pro-Strength Urgent Clear (UPC Code 44600-30548); and Industrial Strength Urgent Clear (UPC Code 44600-31484).
Sold at: Dollar, grocery, hardware and mass merchandise stores nationwide and online from January 2012 through May 2016 for $3 to $5.
Remedy: Keep the product away from children and contact The Clorox Company’s Liquid Plumr call center for disposal and refund instructions.
Contact: Call 855-490-0705 or visit www.liquidplumr.com.
Kids’ water bottles
Units: About 6,700
Hazard: The lead solder at the outside base of the bottle contains high levels of lead, which may be toxic if children put it in their mouths.
Description: Recalled are five styles of kids’ insulated 13.5-ounce water bottles with printed graphics. Color prints include Dino Bones, Flower Power, Orange Grid camo, Purple Tie Dye Butterfly and Robo Shark. Identification number 297684 is printed on a sticker on the bottom of the bottle, along with PO#844 and BB2D2-LLB-R45-0413.
Sold exclusively at: L.L.Bean retail stores, online at www.llbean.com and in L.L.Bean catalogs from July 2015 through May 2016 for about $20
Remedy: Contact L.L.Bean for a refund.
Contact: Call 800-555-9717 or visit www.llbean.com/recall/kidsInsulatedWaterBottle/index.html.
Units: About 6,700 bracelets and 3,300 necklaces
Hazard: The clear surface coating on the bracelets and necklaces contains lead, which may be toxic if young children put it in their mouths.
Description: Recalled are silver heart bracelets and sweet charm necklaces for children. The 6-inch, silver-plated bracelets have 10 silver hearts and circle links, a lobster claw clasp, and one silver heart-shaped charm. The necklaces are gold plated on a 13-inch box chain with a 2-inch extender, a lobster claw closure and three charms — a pink ice cream cone, a pink crystal cupcake and a gold-plated tag with “SWEET” engraved.
Sold exclusively at: Things Remembered stores nationwide and online at www.thingsremembered.com from February 2015 through June 2016 for about $25.
Remedy: Contact company for a refund, including shipping charges, or a replacement gift of equal value.
Contact: Call 866-902-4438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zolpidem Tartrate sublingual tablets
Units: About 5,700 boxes of 30 blister packs
Hazard: The packaging for this prescription drug is not child-resistant, posing a risk of poisoning if children open the package and swallow the medicine.
Description: Recalled are 1.75 mg and 3.5 mg Zolpidem Tartrate sublingual (rapid dissolve) tablets from Novel Laboratories. The prescription medication is a sleep drug. The packaging for the 1.75 mg tablets has lot number M16140A, 1.75 mg and national drug code (NDC) 43386-762-30. The packaging for the 3.5 mg tablets has lot number M16144A, 3.5mg and national drug code (NDC) 43386-761-30. The Zolpidem Tartrate is packaged as a single tablet in a peel-and-push blister pack inside an outer open-ended pouch with 30 pouches per box. The lot number and an expiration date of 02/2018 are printed on the bottom left of the pouches.
Sold at: Clinics and pharmacies nationwide from March through May for about $800 per box of 30 tablets.
Remedy: Contact Novel Laboratories for instructions to receive a refund.
Contact: Call 866-403-7592.
Swaddles, sleep bags
Units: About 1,900
Hazard: The shoulder snaps on the baby swaddles and sleeping bags can break or fall off, and children can choke on the small parts.
Description: Recalled are Little Lotus baby swaddles with model number 901-01 and sleeping bags with model numbers 830-03, 830-05 and 830-07. The 100% cotton, sack-shaped baby swaddles and sleeping bags were sold in small, medium and large sizes and in cream with multicolored hand prints, mint and pastel colors/prints. They have a snap button on each shoulder. The logo and model number are stamped at the bottom inside the garments.
Sold exclusively at: www.littlelotusbaby.com from January to April 2016 for $55 to $160.
Remedy: Contact the company for a refund or a store credit, plus a $25 credit toward a new purchase.
Contact: Call 800-280-9557, email email@example.com or visit http://littlelotusbaby.com/pages/important-safety-information.
Units: About 1,700
Hazard: The dressers can tip over and fall on children if they are not anchored properly to the wall.
Description: Recalled are Marquesa dressers with model number 359-044 and Marquesa nightstands with model number 359-234. Both have a gray finish and mirrored glass drawer fronts with metal overlays.
Sold at: Independent furniture stores nationwide from March 2015 to May 2016 for $2,000 to $4,200.
Remedy: Stop using furniture that is not anchored properly to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access. Contact the company or the store where purchased for a free counterweight repair kit and wall anchor. A free in-home installation of the repair kit is available.
Contact: Call 844-288-5295 or visit www.bernhardt.com/customer-care/recall.