Recalls this week: laptop power cords, helmets

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Nearly 6 million laptop power cords that can overheat and start a fire are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty helmets and bunk beds.

Here's a more detailed view:


DETAILS: Power cords that came with HP and Compaq laptops and mini laptops. They were sold between September 2010 and June 2012 for about $500 to $1500. The cords are black and have an "LS-15" mark at the end.

WHY: The power cord can overheat and may start a fire or cause a burn hazard.

INCIDENTS: Twenty-nine reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring. Two customers said they the cord caused minor burns, and 13 said it caused minor property damage.

HOW MANY: About 5.6 million.

FOR MORE: Call Hewlett-Packard, which also makes the Compaq laptops, at 877-219-6676. Customers can also visit and click on "Recalls" at the bottom of the page.


DETAILS: NRS Chaos Side Cut helmets used for water sports, such as rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddling and canoeing. They were sold, for about $60, at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak Store, NRS, Outdoorplay, REI and other sport equipment stores around the country and online at and from April 2014 through July 2014. The helmets are available in yellow, red, blue or white.

WHY: The rivets that hold the chin strap to the helmet can fail and cause the helmet to fall off, posing a head injury risk.

INCIDENTS: Four reports that the helmet's rivets failed. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 3,300.

FOR MORE: Call NRS at 800-635-5202, email or go online at and click on "Voluntary Recall" for more information. Customers can also return the helmet to where they bought it for a refund or replacement.


DETAILS: A multi-purpose outdoor shelter distributed by Sunjoy Industries. They were sold at BJ's Wholesale Club stores in the Northeast from January 2014 through June 2014 for about $300. The recalled tents have code number "L-GZ761PST" printed on a label sewn into the top of side panels of the canopy fabric. The fabric canopies are white and cover an area of about 20 feet by 24 feet. Sunjoy Industries and "Made in China" are printed under the barcode label on packaging.

WHY: The fabric on the canopy of the shelters doesn't comply with a voluntary flammability standard and can pose a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: No incidents and no injuries.

HOW MANY: About 2,000.

FOR MORE: Call Sunjoy at 866-576-6569 or go online at and click on "Support" and then "Recall Notification" for more.


DETAILS: American Woodcrafters Cottage Retreat II bunk beds with a side ladder. The white bunk beds come in two styles: with space for two twin mattresses or with a twin on top and full on the bottom. The recalled beds have an SKU number "6310-9771" printed on a label in the inside of one of the four rails. They were sold at Havertys stores and online at from September 2011 through March 2014 for between $600 and $1,000.

WHY: The bunk bed's side mattress support rails can break and may be a fall hazard.

INCIDENTS: Two reports of the bed support rails breaking and children falling from the bed. The children suffered bruising.

HOW MANY: About 1,900.

FOR MORE: Call Havertys at 888-428-3789 or go online at and click on "Cottage Retreat" located under Customer Service.


DETAILS: Little Marc Jacobs hooded swimwear cover-up jackets for girls in sizes two through 12. They are navy and have red flowers, teal leaves, a teal bunny applique and two buttons on the front. They were sold at Swimwear Anywhere Outlet, children's boutiques and other specialty retail stores around the country and online at from January to July of this year. They cost about $89. The style number "LM28616, Lot #1" is printed on the sewn-in label at back of the jackets.

WHY: The jackets have a drawstring around the neck area that can cause a strangulation risk to children.

INCIDENTS: No incidents or injuries reported.

HOW MANY: About 210.

FOR MORE: Call Swimwear Anywhere at 800-647-6335 or go online at and click on the "Recall" tab located under the links section on the bottom left side of the page.