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Laptop computers, socks part of latest recall list

Gas Ranges

Wolf Appliance Inc. is recalling Wolf Appliance Gas Ranges sold nationwide from January 1998 to June 2008. Delayed ignition of gas in the 18-inch oven can cause a flash of flames to be projected at a consumer when the range door is opened, posing a burn hazard.

This recall involves the following Wolf Appliance 48-Inch gas ranges with model numbers: P48, PS48 and R48. The gas ranges are stainless steel with a double oven. A "Wolf" appliance logo is on the front of the larger oven door.

Consumers should contact Wolf Appliance at (866) 643-6408 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday to schedule a free, in-home repair or visit Web site at More info at

Baby Carriers

Optave Inc. is recalling Action Baby Carriers sold nationwide from May 2008 to June 2008. The baby carrier's chest strap can detach from the shoulder straps, posing a fall hazard to the baby.

The recalled carriers were sold under the "Action Baby Carrier" brand name. The carriers are sold in various colors and patterns: blue, brown, green, "so square", "the larrisa" and "spring breeze."

Consumers contact Optave at (866) 208-0269 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive free replacement straps or visit More info at

Socks Sold At Target

Target is recalling Circo Rosette Bobbie Socks sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from January 2007 to July 2008. The ribbon on the sock can detach, posing a choking hazard.

The recall involves girls Circo bobbie socks. The socks were sold in packs of six (pink, purple, plain white and three pairs with a box), ranging in size from 6- to 12-months, 12- to 24-months and 2T to 5T. The socks are packaged in a green and white sleeve with a Circo-brand logo on the front.

Consumers should return the socks to the nearest Target store to receive a full refund.

Consumers can also contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit

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Candle Charms

Benjamin International is recalling Fairy Dust Pendants and Candle Charms sold nationwide from February 2004 to February 2008. The recalled metal pendants and charms contain high levels of lead.

The recalled pewter pendants were sold in a collection of 12 pendants. The pendants were sold separately and on candles of various colors and scents.

Consumers should contact Benjamin International at (888) 249-7639 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET to receive a free replacement pendant/charm or visit More info at

Cordless Screwdrivers

Menards is recalling MasterForce 3.6-volt Cordless Screwdrivers sold at Menards stores nationwide from April 2007 to May 2008. The battery can overheat and ignite during charging, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. There is no protective device on the lithium battery to prevent overheating.

The recalled cordless screwdrivers are green and gray in color. "MASTERFORCE" is printed on the top of the tool. "LITHIUM-ION TECHNOLOGY" and "241-0717" are printed on the handle.

Consumers should return the screwdrivers to any Menards store for a free replacement or refund.

Consumers can also contact Menards at (866) 458-2472 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit More info at

Bicycle Handlebar Stems

Deda Elementi is recalling Deda Forza Bicycle Handlebar Stems sold nationwide from January 2008 to June 2008. The top of the bicycle handlebar stem can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard.

The recall involves bicycles with Deda Forza black carbon fiber handlebar stems in gloss finish. "Deda Forza" is printed on the handlebar stem.

Consumers should return the bicycle stems to the place of purchase to receive a free replacement handlebar stem.

Consumers can also contact Deda Elementi at (866) 514-5522 anytime, visit

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Dog Leashes

Worldwise Inc. is recalling SlyDog Retractable Dog Leashes sold at Dollar General Stores nationwide from September 2007 to August 2008. The metal clasp connecting the leash to a dog's collar can bend or break while in use, causing the leash to recoil back unexpectedly. This poses a serious risk of injury.

This recall involves the SlyDog Retractable Dog Leash with a metal clasp.

The leash has a handle composed of a blue plastic case with a black plastic grip. The leash is made of a black woven strap and measures approximately one-half inch wide. The end of the leash has a metal clasp which connects to the dog's collar.

Consumers should contact Worldwise at (888) 296-3807 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday for a full refund or visit More info at

Hooded Sweaters

Empress Arts Ltd. is recalling Children's Hooded Sweaters sold nationwide from August 2006 to April 2008. The sweaters have drawstrings through the hood. Children can get entangled in the drawstrings that can catch on playground equipment, fences or tree branches.

The cotton knit sweaters are cream colored with a blue stripe at the wrists and waist, a blue ball on the hood, and blue buttons. There is a drawstring through the hood with pom-poms at the ends. The sweaters were sold in children's size 2T under the brand name "Empress Arts." "Empress Baby" is sewn into the sweaters tag.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweaters.

Consumers can also contact Empress Arts at (323) 780-8181 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit More info at

Hose Carts

Rapid Reel is recalling Portable Garden Hose Reel Carts and Wagons sold nationwide from April 2005 to March 2006. The tires on the portable garden hose reel can explode while being inflated, posing an injury hazard.

This recall involves the Rapid Reel® portable garden hose reel carts and wagons. The cart has two tires and the wagon has four. The tires have a white plastic rim and a steel ball bearing hub or a black plastic bearing hub.

Consumers should contact Rapid Reel at (866) 523-2363 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for free replacement tires or visit Reel%20Tire%20Recall,%207-08.pdf.

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Sony Notebook Computers

Sony Electronics Inc. is recalling Certain VAIO TZ-series Notebook Computers sold nationwide from July 2007 to August 2008. Irregularly positioned wires near the computer's hinge and/or a dislodged screw inside the hinge can cause a short circuit and overheating. This poses a burn hazard.

The recalled notebook computer models are the VAIO VGN-TZ100 series, VGN-TZ200 series, VGN-TZ300 series and VGN-TZ2000 series. The computers' screen size is about 11.1" measured diagonally.

Consumers should contact Sony at (888) 526-6219 anytime, to determine if their notebook is affected or visit

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