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Message from Health Canada

25 November 2014

Important recalls and alerts

In keeping with our efforts to send regular health and safety information to community organizations and health professionals in the Atlantic region, from time to time we will draw your attention to product recalls and alerts which have recently been issued. Please pass this information on to your organization's members or feel welcome to post on your website, share through social media, or on bulletin boards.

Graco Children's Products Inc. Recalls Strollers and Travel systems: This recall involves eight models of Graco strollers and travel systems. Graco Inc. has determined that the folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child's finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.

Approximately 202,066 of these strollers and travel systems were sold in Canada from August 2000 to November 2014. Consumers should contact Graco immediately for a free repair kit. In the meantime, caregivers should exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller to be certain that the hinges are firmly locked; and remove a child from a stroller that begins to fold, to keep their fingers from the hinge area. For more details, please visit Canada.ca.

Mega Brands Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets: Health Canada is alerting parents and caregivers to the dangers of swallowing small magnetic parts from Mega Brands Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets, sold in Canada from 2006 to 2009. The results of swallowing small powerful magnets can be very serious and life-threatening, and can require emergency surgical treatment, or present lifelong health problems. Check Canada.ca for more details.

Venmar Ventilation Inc. expands recall of air exchangers: This recall involves air exchangers with and without heat recovery sold under different brands that are used to circulate air in and out of the home.

The motor in the air exchangers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Air exchangers included in this recall were manufactured from January 2002 through July 2009 and were sold up until December 2009 by heating, plumbing and building supply distributors nationwide. For information on affected brands and models, as well as what to do next, please visit Canada.ca.

For more information or to check other recalls and alerts, visit the Government of Canada's Recalls and Safety Alerts database, from which you can check all advisories (about consumer, health and food products) issued by Health Canada, Transport Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The site also offers user-friendly ways to subscribe to health and safety updates, add the recall widget to your web page, or to report a health and safety concern.

Thank you for helping to keep Canadians safe and healthy!