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Product Recalls Abound

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Three companies have recently announced recalls for products you may very well have around the house. Yesterday, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), announced that John Deere has issued a voluntary recall for about 6,450 EZtrack Zero Turn lawn mowers. The mowers contain a foot lift stop and a bolt on the right hand steering lever can catch on the foot lift bracket. This can lock the steering levers in the forward position which could injure users, although no injuries have been reported to date. Recalled models include Z445 riding mowers with a 54" deck as well as 7445 and 7465 with Premium Foot Lift features. The recall also extends to the BM22809 Premium Foot Lift Kits which are sold separately from mowers. The CPSC press release can be seen here, and consumers are urged to contact a John Deere dealer immediately to have the foot lift stop bracket removed.

Also yesterday, Primal Vantage Company expanded a recall of the Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Step to now include about 40,000 units. The product is a plastic step that can be attached to trees with a nylon strap and metal buckle which allows hunters to gain a vertical advantage as they hunt. It has been reported that the plastic steps can break and hunters can fall. Six such breakage incidences have been reported along with minor injuries in two cases. Model numbers at issue are 105 and 155 with an "08" stamped in the plastic and which were sold between April 2008 and November 2009 at various sporting goods stores and outdoor retailers. The recommendation is to stop using the steps immediately and to contact Primal Vantage directly at (866) 972-6168 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET for return and refund information.

Finally, today, Dollar Tree Stores, in cooperation with the CPSC, announced the recall of more than 680,000 Halloween lanterns in the shapes of pumpkins, skulls and ghosts. Dollar Tree has received one report of a light bulb inside the lantern that overheated. The fear is that the bulbs can overheat to the point of causing burns and/or fires, but no injuries have yet been reported. You can view the press release issued by the CPSC, including a photo of the lanterns, here. Consumers can return the lanterns to place of purchase for a full refund.