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Recall roundup: This week’s consumer product recalls

August 14, 2010 |  6:00 am

Here’s this week’s roundup of recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Counterfeit BlackBerry batteries

A Tennessee company is recalling about 470,000 counterfeit BlackBerry-branded cellphone batteries that came with refurbished devices.

The batteries can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards. Distributor Asurion of Smyrna, Tenn., has received two reports of the batteries overheating, causing minor burns to a consumer’s finger and minor property damange to a sofa and car seat.

The refurbished devices were sent to consumers by Asurion through a handset protection program. The batteries were used across virtually all models of refurbished BlackBerry devices distributed by Asurion prior to Nov. 1, 2009. Genuine BlackBerry-branded batteries are not included in this recall.

The recalled batteries were distributed through Asurion as part of the handset protection claim program nationwide from March 2004 through October 2009.

Consumers who received refurbished BlackBerry devices through Asurion prior to Nov. 1, 2009, should immediately stop using the product and contact Asurion for a replacement product. Asurion is directly contacting known consumers with the affected batteries to notify them of this recall.

For more information, contact Asurion at (866) 384-9175 or visit the firm's website.

Wooden Toy Rattles

P. Graham Dunn of Dalton, Ohio, is recalling about 500 wooden toy rattles because the wooden dowels can be installed at an angle, allowing the metal rattle inside to become exposed. This poses a serious choking hazard to young children. Babyrattle

The firm is aware of four incidents of the metal rattle becoming exposed. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves a wooden toy rattle with light brown stain, eight wooden dowels and a gold-colored metal rattle inside. The toy rattle is circular in shape, measuring 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches.

They were made in China and sold at gift stores and book retailers nationwide from June through July 2010 for about $6.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact P. Graham Dunn to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact P. Graham Dunn at (800) 828-5260 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website.

Baby monitors

About 800 Levana wireless video baby monitors are being recalled because the wiring can overheat and emit smoke, posing a burn hazard.

Distributor Circus World Displays Limited of Ontario, Canada has received two reports of the camera portion of the monitors overheating and smoking. No injuries have been reported.Babymonitor

The recall involves Levana wireless baby monitors with model number LV-TW300. The receiver front is white and green with six round buttons and the printed word "Levana.” It is 7 inches tall and includes a stand/base. The camera is all white, about 5 inches tall and is attached to a 3 1/2 inch long white base. The camera can rotate and swivel. The camera and receiver each have their own A/C adapter.

The monitors were made in China and sold at BB Buggy and Health and Safety stores nationwide and on the Internet between February and May 2010 for about $200.

Consumers should immediately stop using and return the baby monitor directly to CWD for a refund or replacement with a different model. For additional information, contact Circus World Displays at (866) 946-7828, by e-mail or on the firm's website.

-- Andrea Chang

Photos: Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Credit: Consumer Product Safety Commission