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From tech to toys: Six recalls to watch

Children's products: Creating X Children;s onesie pajamas (l) and Manhattan Toy Busy Loops (r).
Source: CPSC
Children's products: Creating X Children;s onesie pajamas (l) and Manhattan Toy Busy Loops (r).

Several recalls were announced this week, including two involving products meant for children.

The latest list includes:

Panasonic battery packs used in Toshiba laptop computers

Items recalled: Toshiba issued a recall of Panasonic lithium-ion battery backs in 39 models of Toshiba Portege, Satellite, and Tecra laptops. Some of the affected battery packs were sold separately or installed by Toshiba during a repair.

Why: The battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards. There have been four reports of the battery packs overheating and melting.

More details: Around 91,000 units are affected by this recall, including 10,000 in Canada. The affected battery packs were sold at electronic stores nationwide, including Office Depot and Staples, as well as online at Toshibadirect.com and other websites. The battery packs were sold from Jun. 2011 through Jan. 2016. The affected laptops cost between $500 and $1,000 while the individual battery packs cost between $70 and $130. No injuries have been reported to date.

The company's website provides directions on how to perform a manual check to see if a laptop is part of the recall. If so, consumers are advised to power off the laptop, remove the battery, and follow the provided instructions to receive a free replacement battery pack. Laptops should be plugged into AC power only while awaiting a replacement. Read more about the recall here.

Creating X Children's Pajamas

Items recalled: Creating X issued a recall of two styles of its children's footed pajamas.

Why: The pajamas did not meet the federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, posing a burn risk to children.

More details: About 5,400 units are affected by this recall. The pajamas were sold online by Amazon, Sears, Footedpajamas.com, and Zulily. The cost ranged from $20 to $30. Consumers are advised to contact Creating X to receive a store credit towards another product. Children should not continue to wear the pajamas. No injuries have been reported. Read more about the recall here.

Manhattan Toy Busy Loops

Items recalled: The Manhattan Toy Company of Minneapolis issued a recall of its Busy Loops table top toy.

Why: The round plastic beads can break, posing a choking hazard. The company has received two reports of the beads breaking off.

More details: About 2,100 toys are affected by this recall, including 448 sold in Canada. The toys were sold by BuyBuy Baby and other toy stores nationwide, as well as online by Amazon and Kohl's. The toys were sold from September 2015 through January 2016 for about $15. Consumers should return the toy where it was purchased or contact Manhattan Toy for a full refund. Read more about the recall here.

R.W. Bakers Co. Meijer Plain Knot Rolls and Assorted Dinner Rolls

Items recalled: R.W. Bakers Co. issued a recall of its 8-count packages of "Meijer Plain Knot Rolls" and 8-count packages of "Assorted Dinner Rolls 128 ct."

Why: The rolls may contain undeclared peanuts, posing a risk to those with peanut allergies.

More details: The knot rolls were sold in Meijer retail stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky between Mar. 6, 2016 and Mar. 28, 2016. The affected dinner rolls were sold in Michigan and Wisconsin with a production date of Feb. 10, 2016. There have been no confirmed illnesses reported to date. Read more about the recall here.

Cobblestone Bread Co. Wheat English Muffins

Items recalled: Flowers Foods issued a voluntary recall of its Cobblestone Bread Co. Wheat English Muffins.

Why: The English muffins contain undeclared milk, posing a risk to those with dairy allergies.

More details: The recall involves 10,000 packages of English muffins. The affected packages have a UPC # 0 72250 01316 1 and best by dates of Oct. 28, 2015 through April 10, 2016. The muffins were distributed to retail stores in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Consumers who have purchased the muffins can return them for replacement or refund. Read more about the recall here.

Chevrolet Malibus

Items recalled: General Motors issued a recall of 3,137 of its 2016 Chevrolet Malibus in the U.S. and 105 in Canada.

Why: The weld studs that secure the front- and rear-side-impact air bags may fracture and separate upon deployment, posing a risk of injury.

More details: Although the air bags were supplied by Takata, this recall is not related to the Takata recall. The side-impact air bags use inflators from ARC Automotive. Dealers will replace the side-impact airbags. There have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to the recall. Read more about the recall here.