8 Products That Threaten Summer Safety

The arrival of summer means more outdoor activities for the whole family. As backyard play equipment, grills, and lawn care tools come out, it’s a good time to give them a safety check. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) urges consumers to stop using products that have been recalled due to safety concerns.

Here are some recently recalled summertime products that you may have around your home:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Playsafe Dartmouth Swing Set: About 5,500 units were manufactured in China and imported by Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis.

Hazard: The sling-style swing seats can crack or split prematurely, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Pacific Cycle has received five reports of the sling-style swing seats breaking during use, including reports of minor injuries involving bruises and scrapes.

Description: This recall involves Playsafe’s Dartmouth Swing Set, model number 22-PS340, with date codes FSD0115AA and FSD0315AA. The model number and date code can be found in the owner’s manual. The swing set has six metal legs and includes two swings with yellow plastic sling-style seats, a yellow plastic sliding board, a two-person glider with yellow plastic seats, yellow plastic trapeze hanging rings and a four-person lawn swing with yellow plastic seats and footboard.

Sold exclusively at: Toys R Us stores nationwide from January 2011 through May 2011 for about $270.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the sling-style swing seats, remove the seats from the swing set and contact Pacific Cycle to obtain free replacement seats. For additional information, contact Pacific Cycle toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.pacific-cycle.com or email customerservice@pacific-cycle.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Disney Fairies Plastic Racing Trikes: About 12,000 units were manufactured in China by Kiddieland Toys Limited, of Scituate, Mass. Note: Disney licensed their brand name to Kiddieland. (9,000 Disney Princess Trikes were recalled in April 2011 — new model Princess Trikes do not have figurines and are not included in the recall.)

Hazard: The plastic fairy figures protrude from the top of the handle bar posing a laceration hazard if a child falls on them.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Kiddieland have received one report of a 3-year-old girl from Ohio who suffered a facial laceration near her right eye.

Description: This recall involves the Disney-branded Fairies Plastic Racing Trike. The trike is green and purple with a white seat and yellow wheels. On top of the handlebar, there is a Tinkerbell figure and three other rotating fairy figures. “Disney Fairies” is printed on the label in front of the trike just below the handlebar.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from July 2009 through December 2009 for about $50.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the trikes away from children and contact Kiddieland for a free replacement handlebar with an enclosed rotating display. For additional information, contact Kiddieland at (800) 430-5307 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.kiddieland.com.hk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Slalom Glider: About 900 units were manufactured in the United States by Landscape Structures Inc., of Delano, Minn.

Hazard: The Slalom Glider is a playground slide that lacks a transition platform on the top and sides on the chute. Children can fall when moving from the ladder to the slide and when descending the chute.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and the firm have received 16 reports of injuries to children under 8-years old, including one bruised arm, 14 fractures to arms and legs, one fractured collar bone and one bruised spleen.

Description: The Slalom Glider is a distinctive 6-foot high playground slide that is curved in shape and made from molded plastic. It includes an arched, tubular steel access ladder. The recalled product comes as a stand-alone slide or as an attachment to other playground equipment. The recalled products have model numbers 156456 and 172627 and were sold in combinations of colors, including red, blue, tan, green, granite and white.

Sold: To schools and other facilities with playground equipment nationwide between January 2006 and December 2011 for about $2300.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop children from using the recalled gliders and owners will be contacted by Landscape Structures regarding removal instructions. Customers will be given the option of replacing the Slalom Glider with another piece of playground equipment, receiving a refund, or receiving credit towards a future purchase. For additional information, contact Landscape Structures toll-free at (888) 438-6574 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, or visit the firm’s website at www.playlsi.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Swimwear Set With Inflatable Inner Tube: Manufactured in China and imported by Build-A-Bear Workshop® of St. Louis, about 19,720 units were sold in the United States and about 1,100 were sold in Canada.

Hazard: The inner tube accessory can be pulled over a small child’s head, posing a strangulation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Build-A-Bear received one report of an incident in which a 3-year-old girl pulled the inner tube over her head and had difficulty removing it.

Description: The inner tube is part of the three-piece Fruit Tutu Bikini swimwear set for teddy bears, which includes a two-piece fruit-print bikini. The inner tube is 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 and is located on the price sticker on the “Build-A-Bear” cardboard tag.

Sold at: Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores nationwide and online at www.buildabear.com from April 2011 to August 2011 for $12.50.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the inner tube and return it to any Build-A-Bear Workshop® store to receive a $5 store coupon. If it is not possible to return the inner tube to a store, consumers may contact the company for information about how to receive a refund. For additional information, contact Build-A-Bear Workshop® toll-free at (866) 236-5683 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Saturday, or visit the company’s website at www.buildabear.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. O-Grill Portable Gas Grills: About 4,530 units were manufactured by Uni-O (Xiamen) Industries Corporation of Xiamen, China.

Hazard: The regulator on the grill can leak gas which can ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Uni-O has received 10 reports of grills catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Iroda O-Grill models 1000 and 3000 produced before 2010. Some were also sold under the Tailgate Gear brand. Both models are lightweight, portable, clamshell-type propane grills with steel bodies, cast iron cooking surfaces, retractable legs and a handle. They can be used with either 1-pound propane cylinders or 20-pound propane tanks. The grills come in orange, red, green, blue, silver and black and have the words “O-Grill” stamped on the metal grill cover. Recalled O-Grills do not have ventilation slots in the regulator cover where the propane bottle screws in. Grills with ventilation slots in the regulator cover are not subject to the recall.

Sold by: LL Bean, Stoneman, BBQG, Walgreens, REI, Dillards and Dick’s Sporting Goods nationwide from November 2008 through December 2010. The O-Grill 1000 sold for $149 and the O-Grill 3000 sold for $189.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the grills and contact Uni-O to receive a free replacement grill. For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (888) 847-8968 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.regcen.com/OGRILL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Westinghouse Ceiling Fans: About 7,000 units were manufactured in China and imported by Westinghouse Lighting Corp., of Philadelphia, Pa.

Hazard: The two 60-watt light bulbs included with the ceiling fans exceed the fan’s maximum wattage, which can cause the ceiling fans to overheat or fail. This poses fire and shock hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: Westinghouse Lighting ceiling fans with 24, 30 and 42-inch diameter blades are included in this recall. “Westinghouse” is printed on the fan’s ceiling canopy. The item number is printed on the fan’s motor housing: #72243 / #78631 / #72245 / #78763 / #78764

Sold in: home improvement stores, hardware stores, home centers, and electrical product suppliers nationwide and online at www.amazon.com, from January 2011 through January 2012, priced between $135 and $150.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ceiling fans and contact Westinghouse Lighting for two free replacement 40-watt light bulbs. For additional information, contact Westinghouse Lighting toll-free at (888) 417-6222 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.westinghouselighting.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. American Honda Grass Trimmers: The product was manufactured in the United States and distributed by American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif. About 14,000 units were sold in the United States and 3,600 were sold in Canada.

Hazard: The shaft can crack and cause the lower gear case and cutting attachment to detach, posing a laceration hazard to the operator and bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: Honda is aware of 11 incidents of broken or cracked shafts. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled grass trimmer is made by Honda and has the model number HHT35SUKAT. The trimmer is gas-powered and has a red engine housing with the word “Honda” on the top front and a bicycle handlebar-style grip. A label on the shaft includes the words “Honda” and “HHT35S.” Recalled trimmers are in the serial number range HAHA-1000001 to HAHA-1017345. The serial number is located on the top side of the shaft below the handlebars.

Sold at: Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide and online from May 2006 to February 2012 for between $420 and $430.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these trimmers and contact the nearest Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair.For more information, contact American Honda toll-free at (888) 888-3139 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the American Honda’s website at http://powerequipment.honda.com.

8. Pourable Gel Fuel: About 2.5 million bottles of various brands have been recalled. 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. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal.

Name of Product: Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs

Distributor: Napa Home & Garden, of Duluth, Ga.

Incidents/Injuries: Napa is aware of 37 reports of incidents, including 23 burn injuries to consumers.

Description: The product is a clear, pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in non-scented and citronella scents. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited.

Sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond, Shopko, Restoration Hardware, specialty and gift shops, furniture stores, and home and garden stores nationwide, as well as through Amazon.com, home and garden catalogs, and home decorators and landscape architects between December 2009 and June 2011 for between $5 and $78.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles or jugs to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund. Consumers can also contact their local hazardous waste facility for instruction on how to dispose of the fuel.

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Name of Product: Bond Firebowl Pourable Gel Fuel Bottle and Jugs

Manufacturer/Distributor: Bond Manufacturing Co., of Antioch, Calif. Manufactured in China.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuel packaged in 32-ounce and 64-ounce plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold with or without citronella oil. The label on the containers says “Firebowl Gel Fuel” or “Firebowl Gel”. The brand name “Bond” is on some versions of the label. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. This recall also includes a ceramic fire pot set of two bowls. The box says “2 pack Tabletop Gel Firebowls.” The following products are included: Item #66140 / #66201 / #66141 / #66202 / #66146.

Sold at: Gordmans, Homeclick, SaveMart Supermarkets, Big R Stores, Hy-Vee and various hardware, garden and online stores nationwide from September 2010 until September 2011 for between $5 and $20.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles or jugs to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact Bond Manufacturing toll-free at (866) 771-2663 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.bondmfg.com.

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Name of Product: OZOfire™ Pourable Gel Fuel (Formula 4) and SUREFIRE™ Pourable Gel Fuel (Formula 4) Bottles

Manufacturer/Distributor: Fuel Barons Inc., of Stateline, Nev. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: Fuel Barons has received one report of an incident where a man sustained second-degree burns to his hand and wrist.

Description: The recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart and one-gallon plastic bottles and plastic jugs and sold with or without citronella. The label on the container says “OZOfire™” or “SUREFIRE™,” “Formula 4” and “Pure Bio-Ethanol Fuel Pourable Gel.” The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall: 1 qt OZOfire™ F4 Pourable Gel Fuel / 1 qt SUREFIRE™ S4 Pourable Gel Fuel / 1 gal OZOfire™ F4 Pourable Gel Fuel.

Sold: Online at Windflame.com as well as other online retailers from January 2010 until August 2011 for between $8.50 and $22.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and call the toll free hotline for instructions on how to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact Fuel Barons toll-free at (877) 469-6347 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.fuelbarons.com.

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Name of Product: Real Flame Pourable Gel Fuel Bottles

Distributor: Real Flame, of Racine, Wis. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels sold in 29.9-ounce and 29.98-ounce, one-quart clear plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The label on the container has a stylized flame and the words “Real Flame” and “Pourable Gel Fireplace Fuel.” The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall: model #2164 – SKU 752-370012641 / model #2164 – SKU 752-370012641 / model #2165 – SKU 752-370021658.

Sold at: Target.com, Meijer.com, JCPenney.com, Sears.com, Amazon.com and Realflame.com from January 2009 through August 2011 for between $10 and $13.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the firm for a full refund. For additional information, contact Real Flame toll-free at (866) 918-8766 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s website at www.realflamerecall.com or write to the firm at Real Flame, 7800 Northwestern Ave., Racine, Wis. 53406.

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Name of Product: Smart Jel Gel Fuel bottles

Manufacturer/Distributor: Smart Solar Inc., of Oldsmar, Fla. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 30-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella. The label on the container says “Smart Garden” and “SmartJel.” The fuel is poured into a metal cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products included in this recall: Model-SKU #SJ3200 / Model-SKU #SJ3201.

Sold at: Online and selected specialty stores from January 2011 through June 2011 for between $10 and $20.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact Smart Solar at (813) 343-5770 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.smartsolar.com.

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Name of Product: OZOfire™ Pourable Gel Fuel (Formula 4) Bottles

Distributor: Luminosities/Windflame Inc., of St. Paul, Minn. Manufacturer: Fuel Barons Inc., of Stateline, Nev. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: Luminosities/Windflame has received one report of an incident involving the gel fuel. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves pourable OZOfire™ pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles. The gel fuel does not have citronella. The label on the container include the words “OZOfire™,” “Fuel Barons Inc.,” “Formula 4,” and “Pure Bio-Ethanol Fuel Pourable Gel.” The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall: 1 qt OZOfire™ Pourable Gel Fuel (Formula 4)

Sold at: Online at specialty and gift shops, furniture stores and home and garden stores and other stores nationwide, through home and garden catalogs and home decorators and landscape architects and online including www.amazon.com October 2010 through August 2011 for between $4 and $12.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund. For additional information, contact Luminosities/Windflame toll-free at (855) 774-2260 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.windflame.com

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Name of Product: Pacific Flame Pourable Gel Fuel Bottles

Manufacturer/Distributor: Pacific Décor Ltd., of Woodinville, Wash. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuel packaged in one-quart, white plastic bottles, and sold with and without citronella. The label on the container says “Pacific Flame” and “Premium pourable gel fuel.” The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall: Model #160 – SKU 095583001605 / #170 SKU 095583001704.

Sold at: Online, in specialty and gift shops, furniture stores and home and garden stores nationwide, through home and garden.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund. For additional information, contact Pacific Décor at (425) 949-7878 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.PacificDecorLtd.com

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Name of Product: TIKI® Brand Gel Fuel and TIKI® Brand Citronella Gel Fuel bottles and jugs

Distributor: Lamplight Farms Inc., of Menomonee Falls, Wis. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: Lamplight has received one report of an incident in which a consumer poured gel fuel on a fire pot that was still burning, resulting in burns to a bystander’s arm that required medical treatment.

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart plastic bottles. They are sold with or without citronella. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic fire pots. The label on the container reads “TIKI® GEL FUEL.” The following products are included in this recall: UPC code #086861094105 / #086861100455

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide and online from December 2010 through September 2011 for about $10.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in fire pots and call Lamplight Farms to arrange for the gel fuel to be returned to Lamplight for a full refund. For additional information, contact Lamplight Farms toll-free at (866) 671-7988 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.lamplight.com

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Name of Product: Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel

Manufacturer/Distributor: Marshall Group, of Elkhart, Ind. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: The Marshall Group has received four reports of incidents, resulting in three injuries with burns requiring hospitalization.

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 32 oz. clear plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella. The label on the container says “PatioGlo bio-fuel gel” or “Citronella PatioGlo”. The fuel is poured into a metal cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are included in this recall: model PG-32 – SKU 845095015023 / model PGC-32 – SKU 845095015030

Sold at: Gift shops, home and garden stores, and online stores nationwide from November 2010 until August 2011 for between $7.99 and $11.99.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact the Marshall Group at recall@marshallgroupcorp.com or toll-free at 855-270-8482 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at http://marshallgroupcorp.com.

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Name of Product: Fireside Gel Fuel Bottles

Distributor: Evergreen Enterprises, Richmond, Va. Manufacturer: 2 Burn Inc., of Milwaukee. Manufactured in the United States.

Incidents/Injuries: Evergreen Enterprises is not aware of any reports of incidents involving Fireside Gel Fuel.

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 30-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The words “Fireside,” “Gel Fuel,” “Evergreen” and “Flag & Garden” are on the container labels. The bottles were sold by the case in quantities of 12. The 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 following products are being recalled: model #5G001 – UPC 746851581199 / #5G002 – 746851581205

Sold at: Independent Retailers from December 2010 through September 2011 for between $9.99 and $11.99

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact Evergreen Enterprises toll-free at (877) 558-1511 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.myevergreen.com.

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Name of Product: Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel, Bird Brain Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel and Bird Brain BioFuel Fuel Gel

Distributor: Bird Brain Inc. of Ypsilanti, Mich. Manufactured in the United States and China.

Incidents/Injuries: Bird Brain is aware of 20 reports of incidents, resulting in 11 injuries that involved first-, second- and third-degree burns.

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 16-ounce 32-ounce and 64-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The labels on the container say “Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel” or “BioFuel Fuel Gel.” The bottles were sold as single bottles and in multiple-bottle packages. The gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall: item #11820010 / #11820011 / #11820001 / #11820006 / #11820007 / #11820008 / #11820013 / #11820024 / #11820014 / #11820018 / #11820002 / 11820009 / #11820028 / #11820020 / #11820019 / #11820016 / #11820022 / #11820023

Sold at: Sears, K-Mart, Target and other major retailers; Amazon.com, Target.com, Buy.com and various online specialty, home and garden, pet and gift shops and independent retailers from October 2008 through August 2011. Individual units were sold for between $8 and $18. Multi-packs were sold for between for between $18 and $136.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact Bird Brain toll-free at (877) 414-0842 anytime (live operators available between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday) or visit the company’s website at www.birdbrainrecall.com.

For more information on recalled products or to report an incident, visit: SaferProducts.gov or call the CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission/PRNewswire

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43 comments

LMj Sunshine

Oh my, thank you!

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article!

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley4 years ago

Thanks for the heads-up on these products!

Jennifer P.
Jennifer P.4 years ago

Some of these sound like the producers didn't think the idea through (Disney Fairies big-wheel) but pourable flammable gel? That may be a common sense issue - don't pour flammable stuff onto a lit flame!

Please, just use common safety measures this summer. Keep fire extinguishers handy, keep an eye on the kiddos, and wear a helmet.

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.4 years ago

Thank you for the information. And so what's new? In an effort to capture profits, quality is compromised and ultimately, consumer safety is a big issue.

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.4 years ago

many thanks

Nicole Gorman
Nicole Gorman4 years ago

Thank you for the information!

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Thanks.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.4 years ago

Sadly the Disney label will guarantee that children will pester for these toys.

Jax L.
Jax L.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing