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[May 24, 2010]  According to, a nonprofit organization, the following recalls were issued by various federal and state agencies during the week ending May 22:


Nickelodeon Universe is recalling Sandy the Squirrel Plush Toys sold exclusively at Nickelodeon, 4U and NU stores in the Mall of America in March 2010. Young children can remove and ingest the squirrel's nose, which poses a choking hazard. 

This recall involves the Sandy the Squirrel plush toy, which measures approximately 1 foot high by 4.5 inches wide. It is a brown and tan plush toy with a purple skirt and bikini top. "Po #: 86849" and the production date of 01/2010 are printed on the toy's smaller white tag. 

Consumers should return the toy where purchased to receive a full refund. 

Consumers can also contact Nickelodeon Universe at (877) 336-9716 or visit More info at


Family Dollar Stores Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling toy dart gun sets sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 2005 to January 2009.If a child places the soft, pliable plastic toy dart in his/her mouth, the toy can be inhaled into the throat and prevent the child from breathing. 

The "Auto Fire" toy target set is sold with either an orange and yellow toy gun (item #P238) or a blue and yellow toy gun (item #9328), eight orange darts and a small target with numbers from 1 to 20. The gun's item number is located on one side of the handle in raised lettering. The target board is black, yellow, red and green, and measures five inches in diameter. "Gordy Toy" for "Ages 8+" is printed on the packaging. 

Consumers should return the guns and darts to a Family Dollar store for a full refund. 

Consumers can also contact Family Dollar at (800) 547-0359 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit More info at


Rashti & Rashti is recalling Giraffe Security Blankets sold exclusively at Target stores from January 2009 to April 2009. The balls on top of the giraffe's horns can detach, posing a choking hazard. 

The recall involves the pink "I Love You" security blanket with a giraffe plush head. The blanket measures about 14 inches wide by 14 inches in length. "I Love You" is embroidered on the blanket. Style number Y22230H and "Just One Year a division of Carter's" are sewn into a label on the blanket. 

Consumers should contact Rashti & Rashti at (888) 594-3730 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit for a full refund. More info at


Primal Vantage is recalling Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Step sold nationwide from December 2008 to November 2009. The plastic portion of the step can break, posing a fall hazard. 

Product is a plastic tree step that attaches to a tree via a nylon strap and a large metal buckle. Models 105 and 155 both have either a 10/08 or 12/08 date code, which is stamped on the plastic portion of the step. 

Consumers should contact Primal Vantage at (866) 972-6168 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit to print a return form or for further information on how to locate the date code on your tree step. More info at  

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Target Corp. is recalling Woven Storage Trunks sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from February 2009 to April 2010. The lid of the trunk can drop suddenly when released, posing a strangulation hazard. 

The recall involves 14 different models of the storage trunks made of woven rattan, abaca or banana leaf with standard hinges. They measure more than 1.1 feet in length, width and depth and are brown or natural color. 

Consumers should return the trunks to any Target store for a full refund or replacement product. 

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


Walmart Stores Inc. is recalling General Electric®-branded 12-cup digital coffee makers sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide from March 2008 to January 2010. The coffee maker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. 

This recall involves General Electric®-brand 12-cup coffee makers sold in white or black. The GE logo is printed on the base of the coffee maker and the model number is printed on the bottom of the base. Model numbers included in the recall are: 

Model Number           Color

169164                         Black

169165                         White 

Consumers should return the product to any Walmart for a full refund. 

Consumers can also contact Walmart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit More info at


Hewlett-Packard Co. is recalling Lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers sold nationwide from August 2007 to July 2008. The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. 

The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers. A complete list can be found at

Consumers should contact HP at (888) 202-4320 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit
to determine if their battery is included in this recall. More info at


Chocolate Soup is recalling Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings sold at Chocolate Soup stores in Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri and North Carolina from June 2009 to February 2010.

The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood that can pose a strangulation hazard. 

This recall involves "Happy Kids" brand hooded sweatshirts sold as part of a set. The sweatshirt and pants sets were sold in pink, red, yellow and green, and in sizes 2T through 6X. "Happy Kids" is printed on the neck tag inside the sweatshirts. 

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts or return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund. 

Consumers can also contact Chocolate Soup at (314) 576-1221 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. More info at

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