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[March 19, 2012]  According to, a nonprofit organization, the following recalls were issued by various federal and state agencies during the week ending March 17: 

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Guidecraft is recalling 4-in-1 Dramatic Play Theater Toys sold nationwide and in Canada from July 2010 to April 2011. The recalled children's toys can unexpectedly tip over during play, posing an entrapment hazard. 

This recall involves all 4-in-1 dramatic play theaters with model number G51062. The model number is printed on a sticker affixed to the bottom of the center crossbar and on the assembly instructions. The toy has two interchangeable panels with different themes on each side: a puppet theater and diner, or a doctor's office and post office. 

Consumers should contact Guidecraft at (888) 824-1308 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit to receive a refund or a replacement product. More info at


Hydro-Gear is recalling Hydrostatic Lawn Tractors sold nationwide from January 2011 to January 2012. A drive gear in the lawn tractor's hydrostatic transaxle can fail causing brake failure, posing a crash hazard. 

This recall involves Cub Cadet, MTD Gold and Troy-Bilt lawn tractors sold with Hydro-Gear model 618-0319 and 618-04270B transaxles. Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt tractors included in this recall have dates of manufacture (DOM) ranging from December 2010 through March 2011. The DOM can be found on a label on the underside of the seat. A complete list can be found at

Consumers contact Hydro-Gear at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit,, or for instructions on obtaining a repair from an authorized service provider. More info at

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Kawasaki USA is recalling Utility Vehicles sold nationwide from June 2011 to February 2012. The fuel tube can scrape against the air cleaner housing and develop holes, posing a fire hazard. 

The vehicles are model year 2012 Kawasaki four-wheeled, off-highway utility vehicles with side-by-side seating for two people and automobile style controls. Complete list can be found at

Consumers should contact their Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. 

Consumers can also contact Kawasaki between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday at (866) 802-9381 or visit More info at

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