Kerosene-filled balls among items to be recalled
April 8, 1998
A safety agency has targeted kerosene-filled balls and
fire-prone halogen lamps as potentially dangerous
Web posted at: 2:43 p.m. EDT (1843 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Several potentially dangerous products
will be yanked from store shelves Wednesday by the Consumer
Product Safety Commission.
The products -- floating toy balls filled with kerosene,
Gerry Clear Choice baby monitors and several models of
Honeywell heaters and humidifiers -- could catch fire,
according to the commission. The agency already has recalled
30 products this year.
Some worry that consumers are being inundated with recalls --
300 by the commission last year -- instead of being urged to
take responsibility for using products sensibly.
"Every product comes with warnings galore with instructions
for use," said Frances Smith of Consumer Alert. "I don't
think there's any way we can protect people from misusing
products. And in many cases, that's where most of the
While testing and recalling products may be an imperfect
process, the CPSC says consumers can help by filling out
warranty cards and reporting dangerous products immediately.