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May 27, 2:39 PM EDT

Recalls this week: spill-proof cups, water heaters


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More than 3 million spill-proof cups for children are being recalled because of mold development risk, with more than 3,000 reported cases already. Other recalled consumer products include faulty water heaters and mattress pads.

Here's a more detailed look:

SIPPEE SPILL-PROOF CUPS

DETAILS: Five types of spill-proof Tommee Tippee Sippee cups all with a removable, one-piece white valve. The five types include: First Sips Transition cup, Trainer Sippee cup, Sippee cup (including Cute Quips), Sportee bottle and Insulated Swiggle/Sippee tumblers. The plastic drinking cups have spill-proof tops, easy-grip sides with detachable handles and were sold in clear with colored11 lids and a variety of colors and character prints. Some of the cups include short phrases on the front of the cups including: "You Pour I'll Fling," or "Drink Drop Repeat." The cups were sold for children ages 4 to 12 months. Only Tommee Tippee Sippee cups with a removable, one-piece white valve are included in this recall. They were sold at BuyBuy Baby, CVS, Giant, Kohl's, Marco Baby, Marshalls, Meijer, Sam's Club, Ross Stores, Target, Bealls Outlet, Walgreens and Wal-Mart and other mass merchandise stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Babyhaven.com, and Diapers.com from December 2014 through May 2016.

WHY: Mold can develop on the removable, one-piece, white valve inside the spill-proof Tommee Tippee Sippee cups when it remains wet/moist and is infrequently cleaned. The CPSC advises that mold ingestion poses a risk of gastrointestinal symptoms and infections in consumers with compromised immune systems.

INCIDENTS: 3,066 reports of mold in the removable, one-piece, opaque valve of the Sippee cups, including 68 reports of children experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or other symptoms associated with drinking from a cup with mold in the valve.

HOW MANY: About 3.1 million in the U.S. and about 227,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Visit www.tommeetippee.us and click on the recall button at the bottom of homepage for more information or call 877-248-6922 anytime during the week and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday.

MATTRESS PADS

DETAILS: All sizes of Wamsutta Dream Zone cotton 800 thread count mattress pads, made from August 2015 through January 2016. They were sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond stores nationwide and online at www.bedbathandbeyond.com from August 2015 through January 2016. Hollander Sleep Products, style number 266BB and the manufacture date are printed on a label on a side of the mattress pad.

WHY: The mattress pads fail to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard for mattresses and mattress pads, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 4,700.

FOR MORE: Call Hollander Sleep Products at 800-233-7666 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.hollander.com and click on Dream Zone for more information.

GAS WATER HEATERS

DETAILS: Water Heating Technologies "American Standard" gas water heaters. The water heaters are white with an "American Standard" logo printed on the front. The model number is printed on a label on the side of the water heater. A complete list of models and serial numbers can be found on the firm's website at http://www.americanstandardwaterheaters.com/recall/ . They were sold by plumbing contractors nationwide from May 2015 through February 2016.

WHY: The water heaters have a space between the burner flange and the combustion chamber that allows flammable liquids or gases to contact burning flammable vapors inside the combustion chamber, posing a risk of fire or explosion.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 14,400.

FOR MORE: Call Water Heating Technologies at 888-883-0788 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.americanstandardwaterheaters.com and click on "Recall Information" for more information.

METAL HALIDE LAMPS

DETAILS: Philips Energy Advantage Ceramic Metal Halide Lamps model CDM330. They are designed as energy efficient replacements for traditional 400W quartz metal halide lamps installed in magnetic ballasts and intended for use in high-ceiling industrial, retail and commercial applications. The lamps were sold in both clear and coated versions. Each lamp includes an etching, located either at the base of the lamp or on the ovoid of the lamps, that displays the relevant date code, along with Philips' name, wattage (330W) and the model (CDM330). Affected lamps can be identified with one of the following date codes: 1E May 2011, 1F June 2011, 1G July 2011, 1H August 2011, 1J September 2011, 1K October 2011, 1L November 2011, and 1M December 2011. They were sold at electrical supply distributors from May 2011 through June 2012.

WHY: The outer bulbs can shatter, resulting in hot internal pieces of glass falling from the lamps, posing a burn and laceration hazard.

INCIDENTS: Two reports of lamps shattering. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 87,000.

FOR MORE: Call Philips Lighting at 866-253-5503 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, send email to ceramicmh@philips.com or visit www.philips.com and click on "For Professionals" and then "Recalls" for more information.

EXTERIOR GATE CLOSERS

DETAILS: Exterior Gate Closer Model 1350. The affected gate closer is affixed to external gates and has a body that is approximately 6.5 inches long, with a sliding arm that is about 3 feet in width when extended. The unit is marked on the side of the body with "MAB/ASSA ABLOY." The recall only includes units produced between January 2014 and December 2015. The unit's production date is stamped on the side of the gate closer body in a "week/year" format and can be accessed by removing the body's plastic housing. They were sold at wholesale and hardware distributors from April 2015 through November 2015.

WHY: The gate closer mechanism can break and eject metal pieces including the spring or it can spray oil, posing a risk of injury.

INCIDENTS: 15 reports worldwide of mechanisms breaking and ejecting metal objects, including three in the U.S. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 130.

FOR MORE: Call Rixson at 866-474-9766 (Option 2) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or contact Assa Abloy Italia online at www.assaabloy.it and click on the "Rixson 1350 Gate Closer Corrective Action" box on the right-hand side of the page for more information.

MINI TILLERS

DETAILS: Honda FG110K1AT Mini Tillers. The mini tillers have gasoline engines that power rotating tines to dig into the ground and cultivate the soil. The mini tillers are red and black with "HONDA" printed on the front tine guard. The serial number range included in this recall is from FAAA-1200001 through 1540521. The serial number is printed on the top side cover of the tillers. They were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers and Home Depot stores nationwide and online at www.homedepot.com from December 2007 through March 2016.

WHY: The throttle cable can be pinched during packaging, causing the tiller tines to rotate unexpectedly when the lever is not engaged, posing a risk of serious injury to consumers.

INCIDENTS: 30 reports of throttle cable damage. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 219,000 in the U.S. and about 7,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call American Honda at 888-888-3139 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.powerequipment.honda.com and click on "Recalls and Updates" under "Service and Support" at the bottom of the home page for more information.

COUNTER STOOLS

DETAILS: Noble House's Louigi and Tate counter stools with solid wood legs and a metallic kick pate. The backless Tate counter stools were sold in white or brown and measure about 16.5 inches wide by 16.5 inches deep by 27 inches tall. "MADE BY: PERMAISURI CO., LTD: No. 30 YUANCUO ROAD HONGSHANQIAO, FUZHOU, FUJIAN 350002 CHINA" is stamped on a tag on the underside of the stool's seat. They were sold online at Amazon.com, ATC.com, eBay.com, Greatdealfurniture.com, Groupon.com, Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com from October 2013 through March 2015.

WHY: The kick plates of the counter stools can have a sharp edge, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: Six reports of the stools injuring consumers, including scratches and cuts.

HOW MANY: About 2,000.

FOR MORE: Call Noble House at 888-600-6376 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit www.noblehousefurniture.com and click on the Safety Recall link at the bottom of the page.

BICYCLE RIMS

DETAILS: Ardennes Black and Jet Black rims made between January 1, 2016 and March 15, 2016. Serial numbers beginning with 0116, 0216 or 0316 are printed near the valve hole on the rim. They were sold at authorized Hed dealers nationwide and online from January 2016 to March 2016.

WHY: The rims can cause the brake pads to wear out unexpectedly, posing a crash hazard to the rider.

INCIDENTS: Six reports of accelerated brake pad wear. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 380 units.

FOR MORE: Call HED Cycling at 888-246-3639 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.HedCycling.com and click on the "Recall Notice" button for more information.

FOLDABLE LOUNGE CHAIRS

DETAILS: T.J. Maxx and Marshalls foldable weatherproof lounge chairs. The chairs are made of an acacia wood frame and striped fabric in two styles: a natural oiled wood frame with red and white stripe fabric or a white gloss frame with blue and white stripe fabric. The chairs measure about 30 inches high by 42 inches long when unfolded. The style number is printed on the hang tag attached to the chair. "MADE IN VIETNAM" is printed on a label on the bottom of the chair frames. The following chairs are being recalled: Natural Oil Frame with Red and White Stripe Fabric with TJ Maxx style number 153228 and Marshalls style number 009420; White Gloss Frame with Blue and White Stripe Fabric with TJ Maxx style number 153213 and Marshalls style number 009432. They were sold at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores nationwide during March 2016.

WHY: The chairs can collapse unexpectedly, posing a fall and injury hazard.

INCIDENTS: TJX has received 15 reports of injuries from collapsing chairs. Injuries included back and tailbone injuries, one report of a fractured finger, three reports of stitches to fingers and reports of cut, bruised or swollen fingers.

HOW MANY: About 5,200.

FOR MORE: Call T.J. Maxx at 800-926-6299 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.tjmaxx.com then click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page or Marshalls at 888-627-7425 or visit www.marshallsonline.com and click on Customer Service at the bottom of the page.

BMX BICYCLE FORKS

DETAILS: Box Components' carbon fiber BMX bicycle forks. The forks are black with "BOX" printed in white on the side. The model numbers are printed in white letters on the front face of fork crown. The affected models have one of the following three serial numbers printed above the crown: 140508, 140606 or 140702. The affected models include: model numbers XE 20 inch, 10 mm and 24 inch, 10 mm, XL 20 inch, 10 mm and 24 inch, 10 mm, and XS 20 inch, 10 mm. They were sold at independent bike shops and online at www.danscomp.com and www.jrbicycles.com from July 2013 through April 2015.

WHY: The steer tube can become loose in the crown of the fork, posing a fall hazard.

INCIDENTS: 242 reports of loosened tubes. No falls or injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 4,100.

FOR MORE: Call Box Components at (888) 279-9691 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit www.boxcomponents.com and click on "Recall" for more information.

ELECTRIC WATER HEATERS

DETAILS: Rheem brand "Performance Platinum" electric water heaters in 40, 50 and 80 gallon capacities. They were sold at The Home Depot stores nationwide and online from January 2014 through April 2016. The recalled water heaters are gray and have the "Performance Platinum" Rheem logo decal on the front above the thermostat control panel. The water heaters have a rating plate near the bottom of the unit with the model number, date of manufacture and serial numbers. More details can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Rheem-Recalls-to-Repair-Water-Heaters/

WHY: The control panel on the water heaters can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

INCIDENTS: 296 reports of control panels overheating, including one report of a fire which resulted in $5,800 in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 54,000,

FOR MORE: Call Rheem at 866-369- 4786 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday or visit www.rheem.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

CHILD BACKPACK CARRIERS

DETAILS: Poco AG, Poco AG Plus and Poco AG Premium model child backpack carriers. These nylon carriers come in seaside blue, ivy green and black. They have a metal frame and a gray padded child's seat inside. The back of the carrier also has an upper zippered pocket and a lower zipped compartment, along with a stretch pocket in the middle. The production date code identifying when the carrier was made is stamped on a black label sewn in the interior of the large lower zippered compartment in the back of the carrier. Recalled carriers have a production date code of S16SB03, S16SB04, S16SB05, S16SB06 or S16SB07. "Osprey" is printed on the back at the top of the carrier. The model name is printed on the back at the bottom. They were sold at REI and specialty outdoor retailers nationwide and online at amazon.com and rei.com from January 2016 through May 2016.

WHY: A cut in the plastic buckle on the shoulder strap can cause the shoulder strap to release, posing a fall hazard to a child in the carrier.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 31,000.

FOR MORE: Call Osprey at 800-303-1350 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT on Monday through Friday, send email to pocosupport@ospreypacks.com or visit ospreypacks.com and click on "Poco AG Safety Notice" for more information.

CHANDELIERS

DETAILS: An eight-light crystal chandelier sold at Ethan Allen Design Centers nationwide from October 2007 through January 2016. The frame is silver with crystal ornaments and eight candle-shaped lights. The loop at the top of the chandelier is made of zinc or steel. The model number 093682 can be found on the inside of the canopy and on the outside of the original carton.

WHY: The loop at the top of the chandelier can break causing the chandelier to fall, posing an impact injury hazard.

INCIDENTS: Two reports of the loop breaking, including one report of the chandelier falling. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,000.

FOR MORE: Call Ethan Allen at 877-848-4952 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.ethanallen.com and click on the recall tab in the footer of the homepage for more information.

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