Consumer Product Recalls: Early Summer 2016 Review

by Terry Bryant

 

Product Recall Dangers

Every year, a large percentage of American consumers have one or two items in their homes or garages that are currently subject to a manufacturer recall. Unfortunately, most of us never learn this information because we fail to conduct periodic searches of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. It provides a special link to all general product recalls.

Although some product manufacturers do get in touch wth consumers, most of the time this is only done by auto manufacturers.

Common recall problems you may have and not even know about it

You may currently own a computer with a power cord that overheats and poses a serious fire danger. Likewise, your children may be wearing pajamas each night that are made of fabric that fails to meet our federal flammability standards. In addition, your children may be playing with toys that have so many small removable parts that they can cause fatal choking. These are just some of the reasons that it’s wise for everyone to periodically review recall websites.

Here are some products recently recalled by the CPSC and various manufacturers.

Products that must now be replaced, fixed or discarded (some refunds may be available)

  • Tip-over dangers possible with Bernhardt dressers and nightstands. According to the CPSC website, one child dies every two weeks due to a tip-over accident involving this type of furniture. This specific recall was issued on July 12th;
  • Urban 626 is recalling some of its scooters. Although teens and adults may love to use these types of scooters, they still remain quite dangerous, especially if riders aren’t wearing helmets and other protective gear. If and when the bolt underneath this scooter’s seat cracks, a serious fall hazard can develop – posing a variety of fall injuries;
  • Pacific Cycle is recalling its Swivel Wheel Jogging Strollers. According to this company, the front wheels on these strollers can detach once they become loose, posing both crash and fall hazards. Be sure to check and see if your stroller by this maker is included. This recall was issued on July 7th;
  • Little Lotus Baby Swaddles and Sleeping Bags are now considered dangerous and are being recalled by Embrace Technologies. Parts (such as the shoulder snaps) on these items can become loose and pose a significant choking hazard. This recall was issued on July 6, 2016;
  • Ten hoverboard manufacturers are recalling their products. Many hoverboards pose serious fire and fall hazards. Companies involved include Swagway, Keenford, Razor, Overstock.com; Hype-Wireless; Digital Gadgets; Boscov, and others. Most of these recalls were issued in early July of 2016;
  • Saro Trading is recalling some of its children’s sleepwear. Too many sleepwear items made by this company have failed to pass federal government flammability standards. A recall was issued in late June of 2016;
  • On June 23, 2016, both Hewlett Packard and Compaq issued recalls on some of their computer batteries. These batteries can overheat and pose serious burn and fire hazards;
  • 3M issued a recall on June 23rd for some of its construction hard hats. Although these hats are supposed to protect the wearers from sustaining certain electrical shocks, it’s been determined that they do not actually provide this promised protection;
  • Osprey child backpack carriers under recall. According to this company, if the plastic buckle on the shoulder strap is cut, the shoulder strap can cease to function properly, possibly causing the backpack to fall unexpectedly. This recall was issued on May 26, 2016;
  • On May 19, 2016, the Scott bike manufacturer recalled many of its bicycles. If the post below the seat breaks, this can pose a serious fall hazard to riders.

While this update list is not intended to be comprehensive, it can provide you with some important warnings – and remind you to visit the CPSC website on a regular basis to better protect your family. You may also want to visit the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and Safe Kids Worldwide websites to review their lists of various recalled products – they will probably differ from those regularly listed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.