We don’t like it when people get sick or injured, and neither does the government, so every few months we like to do a deep dive into the most recent product recalls and share with you the ones we think you should be aware of. September has been a busy month for fire hazards, choking hazards, and lead paint violations, with a number of baby toys and household product being affected.

Please keep reading to find out if you have any of these dangerous items in your home.

USDA and Cargill Recalls Ground Beef Products

Over 132,000 pounds of ground beef products made with chuck meat have been recalled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cargill Meat Solutions. The products, which were shipped and sold nationwide, have been linked to a deadly E. coli outbreak. Already at least  17 people have been sicked, and one has died, according to an investigation by the USDA.

A list of the stores that carried the products was just released, and it includes a number of California retailers, including the following:

  • Pak N Save
  • Safeway/Albertson’s
  • Target
  • Vons
  • Central Meat & Provision Co. (Only located at 1603 National Avenue in San Diego)
  • Savemart (Only located at 9999 Niblick Drive in Roseville)

While the reported illnesses and deaths all occurred between July 5 and July 25, officials are concerned that some people might have frozen the raw ground beef with the intent of eating it at a later date.

The affected products were packaged on June 21 and have “an establishment number of “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection,” according to Patch.com.  You can see what they look like by clicking here.

A full list of the recalled beef products may be found on the USDA website.

Weeplay Kids Recalls Children’s Coveralls Due to Choking Hazard

Recall Date:  September 20, 2018

Recall Number:  18-225

Recall Details:  ED by Ellen DeGeneres coveralls

Sold At:  Buy Buy Baby and Marshalls stores nationwide and online at www.buybuybaby.com  from September 2017 through January 2018 for about $16.

Hazard:  The bunny applique on the children’s coveralls can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Recall Description:  This recall involves infant ED by Ellen DeGeneres coveralls with hat. The pink striped, two-piece, long-sleeve coveralls are 100% cotton. They have a kangaroo pocket and bunny-shaped applique on the left chest, a hat with pompom and snaps in the crotch. Style ED01210 was sold in infant sizes 3M, 6M and 9M; and style ED13210 was sold in 12M, 18M and 24M. The style number and manufacture date code of August 2017 (08/2017) are printed on the inside garment tag located inside the seam of the garment. “ED by Ellen DeGeneres” and the garment sizes are printed on the inside back of the garment.

Incidents/Injuries:  The firm has received one report in Canada where the bunny applique detached from the garment, and a young child put it in their mouth.  The grandparent removed it before it caused them to choke. No incidents or injuries have been reported in the United States.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coveralls and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Contact Weeplay Kids toll-free at 888-854-6563 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.weeplaykids.com and click on Recall Info for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

BSN SPORTS Recalls Rubber Critter Toys Due to Violation of Federal Lead Paint Ban

Recall Date:  August 29, 2018

Recall Number:  18-763

Recall Details:  Rubber critter toys

Sold At:  BSN SPORTS and US Games catalogs, and online at www.amazon.com, www.athleticconnection.com, www.bsnsports.com, www.esportsonline.com and www.usgames.com from February 2017 through June 2018 for about $10 for an individual rubber critter and up to $145 for a set.

Hazard:  The orange and yellow surface paint on the rubber critter toys contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.

Recall Description:  This recall involves all rubber critter toys sold in various colors and animal shapes including octopus, alligators, chickens, frogs, pigs, penguins and cows. The toys are primarily used to play physical education tossing games. They were sold individually and in sets ranging from two to 24 rubber critters.

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately take the recalled rubber critter toys away from children and contact BSN SPORTS for a merchandise credit. BSN SPORTS is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Contact BSN SPORTS toll free at 888-847-8816 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT or online at www.bsnsports.com, www.usgames.com, www.athleticconnection.com and www.esportsonline.com and click on the product recall link at the bottom of the page or www.recallrtr.com/rubbercritters for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Manhattan Toy Recalls Toy Planes Due to Choking Hazard

Recall Date:  August 23, 2018

Recall Number:  18-206

Recall Details:  Pull-Back Speedy Jets

Sold At:  Small independent stores from August 2017 through June 2018 for about $8.

Hazard:  The rubber tires can separate from the wheels, posing a choking hazard for young children.

Recall Description:  The Pull-Back Speedy Jet is a wooden toy airplane with a blue painted body, natural wood wings and plastic wheels with black rubber tires. The toy has a pull-back feature that propels the plane forward. The model number and lot code are printed on the bottom of the plane. The recall only includes toy planes with lot code 155400 EJ.

Incidents/Injuries:  The firm has received two reports of the rubber tires separating from the wheels. No injuries have been reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and return it to the store where purchased or contact Manhattan Toy for a full refund.

Contact Manhattan Toy Company at 800-541-1345 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT on Friday, or online at www.manhattantoy.com and click on “Recalls Information” at the bottom of the homepage for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Cost Plus World Market Recalls Daybeds Due to Violation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard

Recall Date:  September 11, 2018

Recall Number:  18-221

Recall Details:  Hartley flip daybeds

Sold At:  Cost Plus World Market and World Market stores nationwide and online at www.worldmarket.com from January 2017 through January 2018 for about $550.

Hazard:  The removable bottom cushion on the daybed fails to meet the federal flammability standard for mattresses, posing a fire hazard.

Recall Description:  This recall involves the Hartley Flip Daybeds. The recalled daybeds are a light gray upholstered duet daybed sofa. The SKU/UPC 535790/00000025357905 is printed on the UPC label attached to the underside of the daybed.

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled daybeds and return the removable bottom cushion to any Cost Plus World Market or World Market store for a free replacement bottom cushion.

Contact Cost Plus toll-free at 877-967-5362 from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET any day or online at www.worldmarket.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Rust-Oleum Recalls Countertop Coating Due to Violation of Federal Lead Paint Ban

Recall Date:  September 5, 2018

Recall Number:  18-214

Recall Details:  Rust-Oleum black satin countertop coating

Sold At:  Ace Hardware and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Homedepot.com and Walmart.com from June 2017 through February 2018 for about $20.

Hazard:  The countertop coating contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.

Recall Description:  This recall involves one-quart (32 fluid ounce) containers of Rust-Oleum black satin countertop coating with product number 263209 and batch code P7612D.  The product number and batch code are printed on the bottom of the can. The can is silver and the label on the can is green and white. The label on the can reads “countertop coating,” “black satin,” “renew laminate surfaces,” and “moisture & scratch resistant.”

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled countertop coating and contact Rust-Oleum. Consumers who have not used the countertop coating will receive a full refund plus $25 to return the product to Rust-Oleum. Consumers who have applied the recalled countertop coating will receive a repair kit or replacement of the affected surfaces.

Contact Rust-Oleum at 800-908-4050 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, by email at rustoleumcountertoprecall@rustoleum.com or online at www.rustoleum.com and click on “Recalls” for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Vornado Air Reannounces Recall of Electric Space Heaters Following Report of Death; Fire and Burn Hazards

Recall Date:  August 22, 2018

Recall Number:  18-199

Recall Details:  VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters

Sold At:  Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Orchard Supply, Target and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Vornado.com and other websites from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30.

Hazard:  The electric space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards.

Recall Description:  This recall involves Vornado VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters sold in the following colors: black, coral orange, grayed jade, cinnamon, fig, ice white and red. The heaters measure about 7.2 inches long by 7.8 inches wide by 7.10 inches high and have two heat settings (low and high) and a fan only/no heat setting. “Vornado” with a “V” behind it is printed on the front of the unit. The model/type “VH101,” serial number and ETL mark are printed on a silver rating label on the bottom of the unit.

Incidents/Injuries:  In December 2017, a 90-year-old man in Chanhassen, Minnesota died as a result of a fire involving the recalled heater. Vornado has received a total of 19 reports of the heaters catching on fire.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Vornado for instructions on how to receive a full refund or a free replacement unit.

Contact Vornado toll-free at 855-215-5131 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.vornado.com and click on “Recalls” in the lower right corner of the homepage or www.vornado.com/recalls and click on the VH101 Personal Heater recall button for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

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Check Out These References for Further Reading:

“Recalled Beef Sold At These CA Stores.” Patch Media. Retrieved 27 September 2018. https://facelift.patch.com/california/temecula/recalled-beef-sold-these-ca-stores