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Recalls: Shades, torches on latest list

Published July 30. 2010 05:00PM

The following recalls were issued July 18 - July 22 by federal and state agencies:

Shades: Smith+Noble is recalling Roman and Roller shades sold by Smith+Noble from 1998 - April 2010. Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his-her neck. This recall involves all roller shades that do not have a tension device attached to the continuous loop cord and all custom, made-to-order Roman shades. Brand names include Smith+Noble, Christopher Lowell by Smith+Noble, Jessitt Gold, Shop Blinds and Window Elements. Consumers should contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC), 800-506-4636,, for a free repair kit. Consumers can also contact Smith+Noble,, 877- 228-7683.

Bamboo Torches: Atico International USA Inc. is recalling Bamboo Torches sold February 2008 - March 2010. The fuel canister that holds the wick of the torch has a sharp edge inside the lip of the opening that poses a laceration hazard when consumers try to remove the wick. This recall involves bamboo torches that have a black metal canister with a smooth black metal lid. The torches are used to light outdoor gatherings. Consumers should contact Atico International USA, 866-448-7856,, for instructions on obtaining a full refund.

The following recall was issued July 11 -15 by federal and state agencies:

Wire Feed Welders: Star Asia USA LLC is recalling wire feed welders sold October 2006 - March 2010. The wire welder's torch does not have a cold contactor as erroneously stated on the packaging and instruction manual. Without this feature, the welder generates an electrical arc immediately upon contact with the welding material, posing a burn hazard. The recall involves the Vaper 90 amp flux wire feed welders with model number 41181. "Vaper" and "90 amp flux wire welder" can be found on the product's operation panel. The model number can be found on the top right hand corner of the package and on the first page of the users' manual. Consumer should contact Star Asia, 800-386-0191, to obtain a corrected instructions manual and packaging or for instructions on returning the product for a full refund.

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