Health Alerts: Children’s Advil, space heaters, pool stairs, and more recalled
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
Children’s Advil recalled
One lot of children’s Advil is recalled because the dosage cup does not match the
instructions. Some 4-ounce bottles of bubble gum-flavored children’s Advil suspension
were distributed with dosage cups measuring teaspoons. Dosing instructions were listed
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all liquid medicine be measured
in milliliters (metric dosing). Never use a kitchen spoon to measure medicine.
Giving children the wrong dose of Advil could cause vomiting, headache, drowsiness
or dizziness, according to a notice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Recalled
bottles are labeled with National Drug Code 0573-0207-30 and lot number R51129. They
were distributed in May and June.
To return the medication, call Stericycle at 800-805-3093. Report an adverse event
by calling the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Information Line at 800-882-3845. Adverse
events also can be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program
Homeopathic drugs recalled
Homeopathic drugs to treat children’s cough, fever, teething pain, attention-deficit/hyperactivity
disorder symptoms and more have been recalled.
Some of the products tested were found to be contaminated. If contaminated products
are used, they could cause life-threatening infections.
King Bio distributed and sold the products in stores until Aug. 24. No illnesses have
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 atwww.SaferProducts.gov. A searchable food and medical product recall database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.
Units: About 350,000
Hazard: The electric space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards.
Description: The VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters were sold in black, coral orange,
grayed jade, cinnamon, fig, ice white and red. They come with low and high heat settings
and a fan only/no heat setting. “Vornado” is printed on the front and a silver label
on the bottom of the unit has “VH101,” the serial number and an ETL mark.
Sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Orchard Supply, Target and other stores nationwide
and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Vornado.com and other websites from August 2009
through March 2018 for about $30.
Remedy: Contact the company for return instructions and a refund.
Hazard: Children’s limbs can be trapped in the side openings of the steps, putting them at
risk of drowning.
Description: Recalled are three models of in-pool step systems with curved steps for in-ground
and above-ground pools. The steps and handrails are made of gray and beige plastic
and were manufactured between 2013 and 2018. They include Confer Curve base (staircase)
four-step for above-ground pool (model #CCX-AG), Confer Curve base (staircase) three-step
for in-ground pool (model #CCX-IG) and Curve add-on unit for either in-ground or above-ground
pools (model #CCX-ADD).
Sold at: Champion Pool Distributors, Cinderella, EMSCO Distributors, Leisure Living, Leslie’s,
Superior Pool Products, Water Warehouse stores and other stores nationwide and online
at www.conferplastics.com from January 2013 through July 2018 for $200 to $400.
Remedy: Request a repair kit and instructions from Confer Plastics. Stop using the stairs
Hazard: The handgun safes can open without the use of a key or combination when dropped,
posing a risk of serious injury to children and others who access guns in the safe.
Description: Recalled are two models of 0.17 cubic foot capacity electronic handgun safes sold
under two different brand names, Union Safe Company (SKU 62984) and Bunker Hill Security
(SKU 61581). The brand and SKU number are printed on a permanent label on the door.
Sold at: Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and online at www.harborfreight.com from November 2014 through February 2018 for about $65.
Remedy: Secure handguns away from children and return the safes to any Harbor Freight Tools
location for a Harbor Freight Tools gift card.
Hazard: The orange and yellow surface paint on the rubber critter toys contains lead, which
is toxic if young children put it in their mouths or inhale its dust.
Description: The recalled rubber critter toys were sold in various colors and animal shapes, including
octopuses, alligators, chickens, frogs, pigs, penguins and cows. They were sold individually
and in sets of two to 24.
Sold at: BSN Sports and U.S. Games catalogs and online at www.amazon.com, www.athleticconnection.com,
www.bsnsports.com, www.esportsonline.com and www.usgames.com from February 2017 through
June 2018 for about $10 for an individual toy and up to $145 for a set.