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            TODAY'S CONSUMER - Tuesday, October 17, 2006
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WASHINGTON, -- Spending by all states on the U.S. govern-
ment's Medicaid plan rose 2.8 percent in fiscal 2006, the 
smallest such jump in a decade, says a national survey.
Adding to the good news is that tax revenues for the 
states rose 3.7 percent in the same period, thanks to a 
growing economy, the survey by the nonprofit Kaiser Family 
Foundation showed. These figures may signal a trend in 
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said Diane Rowland, executive director of the Kaiser 
Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. The Medicaid 
program currently serves more than 50 million people at 
a cost of more than $300 billion. States pick up 40 
percent of the costs, while the federal government pays 
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  Black & Decker Recalls Blower/Vacuums for Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, 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. 

Name of Products: Black & Decker BV4000 Type 1 Blower/Vacs

Manufacturer: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md.

Hazard: A loose connection between the blower/vac and an 
extension cord can cause overheating, posing a fire 
hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Black & Decker has received 187 
reports of smoking, melting and/or fire near the blower/
vac’s plug, including one report of a fire extending 
beyond the unit. Black & Decker has received seven 
reports of minor burns, none of which required medical 
treatment.

Description and Models: This recall involves Black & 
Decker model BV4000 Type 1 blower/vacs. The model and 
type number are printed on a name plate on the right 
side of the unit. The blower/vacs have an orange hous-
ing and a black blower assembly.

Sold at: Home center, hardware and discount stores 
nationwide from April 2004 through July 2005 for about 
$70.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the blower/vacs 
immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free 
repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers 
can contact Black & Decker at (866) 853-2138 between 
8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit 
the firm’s Web site at www.blackanddecker.com

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                    Scandinavian Child
            Recalls Cariboo™ Baby Changing Tables 
                    Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in coopera-
tion with the firm named below, today announced a volun-
tary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers 
should stop using recalled products immediately unless 
otherwise instructed.

Names of Products: Cariboo™ Folding Changing Tables and 
Cariboo™ Bassinet Changers

Units: About 90 Folding Changing Tables and about 40 
Bassinet Changers

Importer/Distributor: Scandinavian Child, of Raleigh, 
N.C.

Hazard: If the zipper is misaligned, it can come apart 
and allow the cloth surface to separate, posing a fall 
hazard to the baby.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of 
the zipper coming apart. No injuries have been reported. 

Description: The frame of the folding changing table is 
made of wood with two folding legs and has a cream 
colored changing table cloth surface with zippers and 
side pockets. The product also has a bottom shelf cloth 
with Velcro strips. The frame of the bassinet changer is 
made of wood and has a cream colored changing table cloth 
surface with zippers that attaches to the top rails. 

Sold at: Retailers nationwide and on several online 
merchants from September 2005 through September 2006 
for about $260 and $120 respectively.

Manufactured in: New Zealand.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the changing tables 
immediately and contact Scandinavian Child to receive a 
replacement product. Scandinavian Child will notify all 
known purchasers.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers 
should contact Scandinavian Child toll-free at (888) 
353-2229 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 
ET or log onto the company’s Web site at www.SCIchild.com

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