NEW YORK — Electric shock, burns and fires. Those are some of the risks posed by the recalled items this week.
The companies recalling the items in question each say they haven't yet received any reports of injuries. But in the case of recalled floor lamps, Big Lots has received four reports of melting lamp shades.
Here is a list of this week's recalls:
DETAILS: The Classic Quarters five light floor lamps were imported by Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio and sold exclusively at Big Lots stores nationwide from April 2010 through November 2011. The lamps stand about five feet tall and have a gunmetal- or chrome-colored metal pole and five adjustable lights mounted on flexible metal tubes at the top. Dark plastic or multi-colored double plastic shades cover each of the five lights. The lamps were manufactured in China.
WHY: The wiring for the lamp's light sockets can become exposed, posing a risk of electric shock. Use of the recommended standard 40 watt light bulbs can generate excessive heat, which can melt the double plastic shades over the bulbs.
INCIDENTS: Four reports of melting lamp shades. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 43,700.
FOR MORE: Call 866-244-5687or visit www.biglots.com .
PORTABLE ELECTRIC HEATERS
DETAILS: The Honeywell Surround Select portable electric heaters were distributed by Kaz USA Inc., of Southborough, Mass., and manufactured by Ningbo SMAL Electrics Co. Ltd., of China. They were sold at Best Buy, Meijer and Walmart stores nationwide from July through December 2011. The heaters are black or white cylinders with a handle on top. "Honeywell" and "Surround Heat" are printed on the front of the heaters.
WHY: The heater's internal housing, including the fan, heating element and circuitry, can detach, posing a burn hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 19,000.
FOR MORE: Call 800-370-8137 or visit www.kaz.com/recall .
DETAILS: The tea lights in Carruth Candleholder Collection Sets were imported by DD Traders Inc., also known as Demdaco, of Leawood, Kan. and manufactured by Tien Chi Art Co Ltd., of Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China. They were sold at home decorating and gift stores nationwide from January 2010 to November 2011. The white tea lights were sold as part of the Carruth Candleholder Collection set, a resin votive candle holder with a glass insert that holds a tea light.
WHY: The tea light can burn with an excessive flame height, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: The firm is aware of one fire that resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 5,480.
FOR MORE: Call 888-336-3226 or visit www.demdaco.com .
BICYCLE TRAILERS AND CONVERSION KITS
DETAILS: The Chariot bicycle trailers and bicycle trailer conversion kits were manufactured by Thule Child Transport Systems Ltd., doing business as Chariot Carriers, of Calgary, Canada. They were sold at specialty bicycle stores nationwide and on various websites from December 2005 through August 2010 for the bicycle trailers, and from October 2002 through August 2011 for the bicycle trailer conversion kits. The bicycle trailers and conversion kits were manufactured in Canada.
WHY: The bicycle trailer's hitch mechanisms can crack or break and cause the trailer to detach from the bicycle, posing an injury hazard to children in the bicycle trailer.
INCIDENTS: The firm has received 24 incident reports worldwide, three of which occurred in the United States, involving the bicycle trailers and the conversion kits. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 44,000 bicycle trailers and 70,000 bicycle trailer conversion kits.
FOR MORE: Call 800-262-8651 or visit www.chariotcarriers.com .