News from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2011 Release #12-002 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel, Bird Brain Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel and Bird Brain BioFuel Fuel Gel Units: About 1.6 million bottles and cans Distributor: Bird Brain Inc. of Ypsilanti, Mich. Hazard: The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal. Incidents/Injuries: Bird Brain is aware of 20 reports of incidents, resulting in 11 injuries that involved first-, second- and third-degree burns. Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 16-ounce, 32-ounce and 64-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The labels on the container say “Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel” or “BioFuel Fuel Gel.” The bottles were sold as single bottles and in multiple-bottle packages. The gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The CPSC website lists the products affected. Sold at: Sears, K-Mart, Target and other major retailers; Amazon.com, Target.com, Buy.com and various online specialty, home and garden, pet and gift shops and independent retailers from October 2008 through August 2011. Individual units were sold for between $8 and $18. Multi-packs were sold for between for between $18 and $136. Manufactured in: U.S. and China Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the company for a full refund. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bird Brain toll-free at (877) 414-0842 anytime (live operators available between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday) or visit the company’s website at www.birdbrainrecall.com This firm is part of a larger set of pourable gel fuel recalls. For more information, please see: News Release: Nine Manufacturers, Distributors Announce Consumer Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards (Sept. 1, 2011) News Release: Napa Home & Garden Recalls NAPAfire and FIREGEL Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Fire and Burn Hazards (June 22, 2011) OnSafety Blog: Stop Using Pourable Gel Fuels (June 22, 2011) Alert: Press Statement on Gel Fuels and Other Illuminating Fuels (June 14, 2011) — CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: www.saferproducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 414-0842 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Below is a list of some of the recent consumer recalls posted by the CPSC. To view the full list of consumer recalls, visit the CPSC webpage at http://www.cpsc.gov/index.html 1. HP Expands Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard: Comsumers urged to recheck notebook models and batteries:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 162,600 additional Lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers (54,000 and 70,000 batteries were previously recalled in May 2010 and May 2009, respectively). The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat and rupture, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
2. Target Recalls Children’s Task Lamps Due to Laceration and Fire Hazards:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Target Corporation, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling approximately 13,000 Circo Children’s Task Lamps. Lamps may overheat, causing the adhesive inside the lamp socket to melt and migrate into the bulb area of the socket. The cooled glue can adhere to the light bulb base and make the bulb difficult to remove which can result in a broken light bulb, posing a risk of laceration to consumers. Melted flammable glue that migrates onto the electrical components of the lamp poses a risk of fire.
3. Walmart Recalls GE Food Processors Due to Laceration and Fire Hazard:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 255,000 General Electric® food processors. The safety interlock system on the recalled food processor can fail; allowing operation without the lid secured which poses a laceration hazard. In addition, the product can emit smoke, or catch fire, posing a fire hazard.
4. General Electric, Sharp Recalls GE Air Conditioning and Heating Units Due to Fire Hazard:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, GE Appliances and Lighting, of Louisville, Ky., is voluntarily recalling about 90,600 GE Zoneline air conditioners and heaters. An electrical component in the heating system can fail, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
5. Honeywell Recalls Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats Due to Burn Hazard:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Honeywell International Inc., of Morris Township, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 77,000 electric baseboard and fan heater thermostats. The thermostats can overheat, causing them to melt and smoke. This poses a burn hazard to the consumer.
6. Hamilton Beach Recalls Toasters Due to Fire Hazard:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., of Glen Allen, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 300,000 Hamilton Beach® classic chrome 2-slice toasters. The heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely when an item is placed in the toaster which may ignite the contents, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.
7. Janome America Inc. Recalls Elna Sewing Machines Due to Fire Hazard:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Janome America Inc. of Mahwah, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 600 sewing machines. The wires inside the sewing machine can short circuit, posing a risk of fire.
8. Telstar Recalls Energy-Saving Light Bulbs Due to Fire Hazard:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Telstar Products d/b/a Sprint International Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 317,000 light bulbs. The light bulbs can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

 9. STIHL Recalls Yard Power Products Due to Burn and Fire Hazards:

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 2.3 million Gas powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap. The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the tool-less fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill, posing a fire and burn hazard.
10. UJ Trading Recalls Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters Due to Fire Hazard:
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, UJ Trading, of Houston, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 18,500 Danbar Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters. The battery housing under the helicopter canopy can overheat while charging, posing a fire hazard.