- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2003

Battat Inc., of Plattsburgh, NY, is recalling 300,000 sets of toy drumsticks sold with Parents Bee Bop Band drum sets because the handles can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that Battat has received about 240 reports of drumsticks breaking and one report of a child who began to choke after putting a plastic piece in the mouth.

The screw at the end of the centipede-shaped drumstick also can loosen and fall off, posing a choking hazard.

The 10-inch-long drumsticks are either lime green or blue with black stripes and have model numbers PM9137T2 and PM91372 above the Universal Product Code on the packaging. The drum sets were sold nationwide at Target, Sam's Club and smaller retailers from November 2001 through March 2003 for about $25.

Consumers should take the drumsticks away from small children and contact Battat at (866) 617-1937 for a free replacement set of drumsticks.

Separately, Dynacraft Industries of San Rafael, Calif., recalled about 52,900, 20-inch BMX bicycles with stems that can loosen during use, causing riders to lose control.

Dynacraft Industries Inc. received reports of 35 loose stems and one injury, a broken finger. The recall includes two models: the Next Voltage, model number 8535-99, manufactured between March 2002 and June 2002, and the Vertical Street Blade, model number 8527-99, made between March 2002 and April 2002.

The frame of the Next Voltage is metallic green, and the Vertical Street Blade bicycles are dark blue and chrome. The model name is on the frame and the model number is on a label near the crank housing.

Next Voltage bikes were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico from May 2002 through November for about $70. The Vertical Street Blade bicycles were sold at Pamida stores nationwide from April 2002 through April 2002 for about $80.

Consumers can contact Dynacraft Industries for a replacement stem at (800) 288-1560 or visit the company's Web site, dyancraftbike.com.

Thomson Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., recalled about 50,000 RCA home amplifiers that can overheat, melting a plastic front cover and posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.

Thomson received 12 reports of amplifiers overheating, but no injuries.

The recalled RCA 650-watt Home Entertainment amplifiers include model numbers RT2600, RT266DVD and RT2600DVD5 with serial numbers 220 through 230. The model numbers can be found on a label on the back of the units, which were made in China.

The recalled amps were sold at Radio Shack, Best Buy and other retailers from May 2002 through March 2003 for between $300 and $380.

Consumers are advised to unplug the units immediately and contact Thomson at (800) 613-0897 or at rca.com/recall, to arrange for free repair.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a preliminary ruling that NexL Sports Products' Beanie DOT Motorcycle Helmets (model 02) do not comply with federal motor vehicle standards.

NexL Sports Products of Watsonville, Calif., recalled 17,483 model 01 helmets in March 2002. The helmets failed in testing for reducing impact forces, resisting penetration, staying on during a crash and proper labeling.

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