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>Girls sweat shirts

Name of product: Hooded sweat shirts with drawstrings

Units: About 11,800.

Distributor: Weeplay Kids of New York.

Hazard: The sweat shirts have drawstrings through the hood that pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweat shirts.

Incidents/injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves girls' sweat shirts sold under the Candy Queen and Akademiks brand names. Sweat shirts included in this recall have style numbers Q37519, A22090, A393343-3, A79405-226 and A79462-1. The sweat shirts were sold in sizes 2T through 16.

Sold at: Small retail stores nationwide from February 2008 through November 2008 for between $5 and $22.
Manufactured in: China and Pakistan.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can return the garment to Weeplay Kids or the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer contact: Toll-free at (800) 505-0490 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit



Name of product: Fellowes Climate Control Footrests

Units: About 1,000.

Importer: Fellowes Inc. of Itasca, Ill.

Hazard: The footrest's fan can become blocked and overheat when used in the upright position, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/injuries: No injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled footrests are black and made of plastic. The Fellowes brand item No. 80309 can be found on the serial label at the bottom side of the footrest, which can be identified by Revision or letter "A" on the label, which appears after the date code.

Sold by: Business to Business resellers only, including Office Depot Business Services Division, SP Richards, Staples Advantage, United Stationers, Tri-Mega, and WW Grainger. These products were not sold in retail locations. The footrests sold from October 2009 through January 2010 for about $73.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heated footrest and contact Fellowes to arrange for the return and replacement of the product or a full refund.

Consumer contact: Toll-free at (800) 955-3344 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit



Name of product: Gerber Gator Machete and Gator Machete Jr.

Units: About 149,000 Gator Machetes and 6,000 Gator Machetes Jr.

Importer: Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Ore., a division of Fiskars Brands of Madison, Wis.

Hazard: The saw side of the machete can stick in wood during use, and if the user's hand slips off the handle and slides forward across the machete blade, this poses a laceration hazard.

Incidents/injuries: Gerber has received five reports of individuals cutting themselves while using the Gator Machete, all of whom required stitches. Gerber has received no reports of injuries associated with use of the Gator Machete Jr.

Description: This recall involves the Gerber Gator Machete and Gator Machete Jr. with the original handle. The Gator Machete is approximately 25 1/2 inches long and the Machete Jr. is approximately 18 3/4 inches long. The blade is marked with the "Gerber" trademark. The Gator Machete and Machete Jr. with a modified handle (an extended hand guard) are not included in this recall. Consumers should visually inspect their machete to determine if it is included in this recall.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide, including The Sportsman's Guide, Dick's Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops/American Rod & Gun, and through online stores from March 2007 through February 2010 for between $16 and $25.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled machetes immediately and contact Gerber to receive instructions on how to return the machete for a free replacement machete.

Consumer contact: Toll-free at (877) 314-9130 from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

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