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17:34 ET GO-KARTS, EYE AND EAR DROPS RECALLED


WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission Monday announced the recall of 91,000 go-karts and the Food and Drug Administration warned Rich's MSM Eye & Ear Drops may be contaminated with yeast and a bacteria that can cause sight-threatening injuries.

The go-karts manufactured by Manco Products Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind., have guards that are supposed to prevent hair and loose clothing from becoming entangled in rotating parts. However at least one 13-year-old girl has died and two other teenagers suffered serious injuries when hair became entangled in the cart's drive chain and sprocket.

The one- and two-seat go-karts are powered by gasoline engines and were sold under the Manco, Phoenix, Fox, Rattler and Coyote labels.

The recall involves two groups of vehicles. One has black plastic deck covers over the rear axle and brakes and carries serial numbers ranging from 1757022 through 1855821, and 3000010 through 3050632. The second group has a cross-over jackshaft drive system and carries serial numbers below 1757022.

All of the affected go-karts have a black serial number on a silver label located on the floor pan immediately in front of the driver's seat. The units were sold at outdoor power equipment dealers; specialty, discount, hardware, automotive parts supply and agricultural supply stores, and motorcycle dealers between January 1983 and July 2000 for $600 to $2,000.

Consumers are advised to call Manco for a free repair kit and instructions for installation at 800-293-0795 or access the firm's web site at www.mancoprod.com.

Manco previously recalled go-karts in 1996 because their rear axles were exposed. One child died and two others were seriously injured when their hair or clothing became entangled in rotating rear axles. The cross-over jackshaft-type go-karts involved in the earlier recall are also involved in the current recall.

Rich Distributing of Portland, Ore., voluntarily recalled its eye and ear drops because they may be contaminated with yeast and the sight-threatening bacteria Pseudomonas. The FDA said it is unclear exactly where the drops were distributed. The drops come in one-ounce containers and were sold over the Internet and at retail outlets nationwide.

Consumers who have used the drops are advised to contact their doctors.









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17:34 ET AMD UNDERCUTS INTEL WITH LATEST CHIP PRICES
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14:49 ET SITHE TO SELL 49.9% OF NORTH AMERICAN ASSETS TO PECO ENERGY
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14:49 ET EU APPROVES FRANCE TELECOM'S ACQUISITION OF BRITAIN'S ORANGE
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