April Recall Roundup: Flaming Monster Truck Edition

The boys’ t-shirts at Kohl’s feature a monster truck jumping over a row of vintage convertibles and tall orange flames, and come with a free toy monster truck to match. This design turned out to be oddly prescient when customers inserted batteries in the trucks and they smoldered or caught fire. Yes, it’s time for the Consumerist Recall Roundup, with a diverse assortment of products lurking in your home, waiting to kill or maim you and your children.

Lenovo ThinkCentre Desktop Computers – fire hazard

Babies and Kids
Safety 1st Cabinet Locks – lock can be opened by small children
Umbro Boys’ Jackets (Ross stores) – drawstring entanglement hazard
Louise Paris Girls’ Jackets (Ross stores) – drawstring entanglement hazard
Guidecraft Children’s Play Theaters – may tip over
Nan Far Woodworking Drop-Side Cribs – entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazard
Topeak Babyseat II Bicycle Carrier Seats – finger amputation hazard
Toy Truck Gifts with Purchase at Kohl’s – fire hazard

Home and Garden
Hydro-Gear Hydrostatic Lawn Tractors – crash hazard
Westinghouse Ceiling Fans – electric shock and fall hazard
Leggett & Platt Adjustable Mattress Bases – fire hazard
Viking Dishwashers – fire hazard
Office Depot Desk Chairs – fall hazard
STOK Gas Grills – fire and burn hazard
West Elm Folding Chairs – fall hazard
Husqvarna Grass and Hedge Trimmers – Fire hazard

Bon Hiver Freebase Snowboard Bindings – may shatter, posing fall hazard
GT, Giant and Trek Bicycles – fall hazard
Baja Motorsports dirt bikes – fuel tank leaks; fire and burn hazard
Easton Raptor Lacrosse Helmets – chin bar may break
Specialized Bicycle Components Bike Brake Levers – crash hazard

Medicine and Supplements
X-ROCK male sexual performance enhancement supplement – contains analogue to sildenafil (Viagra), may cause same side effects as Viagra

Harry & David Kansas City Style Barbeque Almonds – undeclared peanuts


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  1. Marlin says:

    “when customers inserted batteries in the trucks and they smoldered or caught”

    I have a 3 year old that thinks this is a YEA!!! feature. How dare you take that away from my little snow flake.

  2. dpeters11 says:

    You’d think that buying a $6000 bike frame (without wheels or drivetrain), the brakes would actually work.

    • Ogroat says:

      It’s interesting to me that Specialized is recalling the brake levers, considering the fact that they’re made by Tektro. Maybe the law states something about whoever sells it to consumers has to recall it. It also appears that the 2012 Shiv frameset now comes without brake levers.

      I wonder how the one guy who reported a malfunction lost both of his brakes at the same time. Sounds like it may have been mechanical failure in conjunction with some sort of rider/bike mechanic ineptitude.

  3. Blueskylaw says:

    Is this the fiery finale that everyone raves about?

  4. UberGeek says:

    So the X-ROCK supplement is hosed because it measures up to its marketing claims, while Nutella is hosed because doesn’t measure up to their marketing claims. Sounds like a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      maybe it’s got an ingredient that’s not listed, and as such the side effects of that ingredient aren’t disclosed to or known by the consumer?

    • Laura Northrup says:

      If sugar high lasts 4 hours or longer, contact your physician immediately.

  5. SavijMuhdrox says:

    Obviously the error is with the t-shirt. The flames should have been coming out of the truck and not in the background of the cars..

  6. axolotl says:

    “drawstring entanglement hazard”
    How do you.. huh?? Entanglement? In a drawstring?
    Why not recall all shoes with shoelaces? After all, there is a very distinct “shoestring tripping hazard” present.

  7. ovalseven says:

    Almonds were recalled because they contained peanuts?

    Are there people with peanut allergies who can still eat almonds?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Yes, it’s possible to be allergic to only peanuts while other nuts are fine. It’s also possible to be allergic to nuts and not peanuts. Peanuts are not botanically actually nuts at all.

    • hobochangbar says:

      Almonds are the only tree nut my kids tested negative to. All other tree nuts & peanuts they tested positive for, including coconuts. Works out OK, while I miss cashews almonds are cheaper & better for me.

      ’bout time to test them again. Hoping they’re growing out of it. While I’m glad we haven’t needed it, replacing outadted epi-pens gets pricey.

  8. Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

    Why, when I was a lad I’d have given anything, ANYTHING for a toy that would catch on fire.

  9. Rhinoguy says:

    I make my own fires at home. Obligatory. I especially like burning toy trucks but dishwashers and gas grills are fun too.