January Product Safety Recalls & Takata Airbag Update

It’s a brand new year with brand new recalls! Let’s start 2018 on a safe note by staying informed on the latest safety recalls issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Also, check out the latest on the massive Takata Airbag Recall. 

HP Recalls Batteries for Notebook Computers and Mobile Workstations Due to Fire & Burn Hazards

Recall Date: January 4, 2018
Recall Number: 18-077

Recall Details: Lithium-ion batteries for HP notebook computers and mobile workstations.

Sold At: Best Buy and other stores and authorized dealers nationwide, as well as Amazon.com and other websites. The batteries were shipped in notebook computers and mobile workstations, sold from 12/2015 – 12/2017, ranging from $300 – $4,000. Batteries were also sold separately from between $50-$90.

Hazard: The LI-ion battery can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Recall Description: The recall involves LI-ion batteries for HP Notebook computers and mobile workstations. The batteries were shipped with or sold as accessories for HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), HPx360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11, HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, and Studio G3) Mobile Workstations. The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries of the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation or for any of the products listed above.

Incidents/Injuries: As of this reporting, HP has received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500 with one report of a minor injury involving a first degree burn to the hand.

What to Do if You Own One:

Remedy: Consumers should immediately visit www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall and for instructions on how to enable “Battery Safety Mode” if their battery is included in the recall. Their website provides consumers instructions on how to initiate the validation utility to check their batter and what to download if their battery is included in the recall. These batteries should not be replaced by customers themselves. HP will provide free battery replacement services by an authorized technician.

Reach HP toll-free at 888-202-4320 from 8am – 7pm CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 or www.hp.com and click “Recalls” for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Comfort Research Recalls Bean Bag Chair Covers due to Risks of Entrapment, Suffocation to Children

Recall Date: January 2, 2018
Recall Number: 18-076

Recall Details: Ultra Lounge bean bag chair covers

Sold At: Kroger, Meijer and Shopko from April 2017 – August 2017, for between $30-$40.

Hazard: The zippers on the bean bag chair covers can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, become entrapped, suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads.

Recall Description: This recall involves Comfort Research Ultra Lounge bean bag chair covers. The natural polyester Sherpa, teardrop-shaped bean bag chair cover measures 28” x 28” x 36” and has two zippers on the exterior. The covers were sold without foam bead filling in a DIY package. The covers have three sewn-in tags. One tag reads “id COLORS” on the front and “RN48711” on the back. The second tag has the

 UPC label code “PO#12991” or “PO#13539” on the front. Also, the third tag contains the care and use intstructions printed on one side and the warning notice on the other.

Incidents/Injuries: None at this time.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the bean bag chairs with the recalled covers away from children and contact Comfort Research for a full refund.

Contact Comfort Research toll-free at 844-578-8933 from 9am- 4pm ET Monday-Friday, or online at www.comfortresearch.com and click on the Safety Recall Notices link for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Rocky Mountain Bicycles Recall Mountain Bicycles Due to Crash Hazard

Recall Date: December 27, 2017
Recall Number: 18-069

Recall Details: Mountain bicycles

Sold At: Rocky Mountain bicycle dealers nationwide from June 2017 – November 2017, ranging in price from $2,600 – $7,300.

Hazard: The brake cable housing was not secured properly during manufacturing, which can cause brake failure and potentially lead to a crash hazard for the rider.

Recall Description: This recall involves all model year 2018 Altitude, Instinct and Pipeline mountain bicycles. The carbon fiber and aluminum bicycles were sold in different colors. The model name is printed on a sticker on the top tube of the bicycles. Rocky Mountain is printed on the lower tube. The Rocky Mountain logo is also printed on the headbadge on the headtube. The specified platform family is also printed on the rear triangle of the bicycle oat the seatstay.

Incidents/Injuries: None as of this reporting

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Rocky Mountain dealer for free inspection and free repair.

Contact Rocky Mountain at 866-52-2803 from 9a-5p ET Monday – Friday, via email at info@bikes.com or online at www.bikes.com and click on Safety/Recall at the bottom of the page.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

The Land of Nod Recalls Toddler Beds Due to Entrapment Hazard

Recall Date: December 28, 2017
Recall Number: 18-712

Recall Details: Pro-Tec City Lite Helmet with LED Light.

Sold At: The Land of Nod stores nationwide and online from May 2015 through September 2017 for about $500.

Hazard: The buckle on the helmet fails to meet current federal safety standards, posing risk of head injury.

Recall Description: This recall involves The Land of Nod’s Nook toddler beds. The toddler bed has a green and grey headboard with a grey footboard. “The Land of Nod”, “Made in Vietnam” and SKU number “404485” are printed on a label attached to toddler bed headboard and footboard.

Incidents/Injuries: As of this reporting, four incidents of the headboard disconnecting from the frame and falling onto the bed, including one headboard that fell on a child. There have been 0 injuries, however.  

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toddler bed away from children and contact The Land of Nod for instructions on receiving a full refund. The Land of Nod is contacting all known purchasers directly as well.

Contact The Land of Nod at 800-933-9904 from 8:30am to 5pm CT Monday – Friday or online at www.landofnod.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

Read United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s full report here.

Takata Airbag Recall Update

Since 2013, the Takata Airbag recall has escalated to monumental proportions. To date, 42 million vehicles have been affected in just the U.S. alone, and 7 million vehicles worldwide. We’ve been covering updates to the recall in our blog since 2016, but just last week, even more recalls were issued. Both Toyota and Honda are expanding their recalls to cover 1 million additional vehicles after Takata reveals that another 3.3 million inflators are defective.

As a reminder, the Takata inflators is ammonium nitrate is used to explode the canister to quickly fill the airbags in a crash. One of the factors contributing to these hazardous explosions is that without a dessicant, the ammonium nitrate is affected by high temperatures and moisture, causing the canister itself to explode and spew shrapnel. To this date, a reported 20 deaths and over 280 injuries worldwide have been linked to these airbag defects.

Besides Toyota and Honda, this recall affects automakers including BMW, Daimler, General Motors, Tata Motors Jaguar Land Rover unit and Subaru, plus Ford and Tesla as well. A full list of affected vehicles is available here.

Howard Blau Law will continue to report on the latest Takata Airbag updates.

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Check Out These References for Further Reading:

“Toyota Expands Takata Air Bag Safety Recall.” Toyota Press Releases.  Retrieved 16 January 2018. http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+expands+takata+air+bag+safety+recall.htm

“Takata AirBag Inflator Recall Fact Sheet.” Honda Air Bag Info. Retrieved 16 January 2018. http://hondaairbaginfo.com/takata-airbag-inflator-recall-fact-sheet/

“Toyota and Honda are Recalling Another Million Cars to Fix Faulty Takata Air Bags.” Time. Retrieved 15 January 2018. http://time.com/5096622/toyota-honda-airbag-recall-takata/

“Automakers Find Three Root Causes for Defective Takata Airbags.” Car and Driver. Retrieved 116 January 2018. https://blog.caranddriver.com/automakers-find-three-root-causes-for-defective-takata-airbags/

“Takata’s Huge Airbag Problem is Getting Even Worse as Toyota Recalls 600,000 Cars.” Fortune. Retrieved 16 January 2018. http://fortune.com/2018/01/10/takata-airbag-toyota-recall-600000-cars/