Product Recalls: Are You Spending Your Quarantine With These Dangerous Household Items? (Part 1)

What a strange time to be writing about recalls. You might think that we’d have a slightly larger priority at hand to discuss, and we do, but in a more oblique way this week. With the amount of time we’re all spending at home these days, staying on top of product recalls has never been more important. From large bureaus with tip over hazards, to lead-ridden kids playthings, these are the dangerous household items that might be playing a starring role in your day-to-day lives. We know your attention is much more divided these days, so we combed through the latest recalls for the ones most likely to affect families like yours! 

Unlike our typical recall posts, this one has to come with an important message from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:  “Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. Consumers should check with recalling firms for further details.

It is important to remember that CPSC and recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products.”

Keep reading to find out more, and stay safe out there! (Now, more than ever.)

Hodedah Recalls HI4DR 4-Drawer Chests Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards; Remedies May Be Delayed Due to COVID-19 Restrictions; Keep Product Away from Children

Recall Date:  May 13, 2020

Recall Number:  20-120

Recall Details:  Hodedah HI4DR 4-drawer chests

Sold At:  Online at www.wayfair.com, www.HomeDepot.com, www.Walmart.com, www.Amazon.com, www.Unbeatablesale.com, and www.Homesquare.com, www.Houzz.com, www.Goedeckers.com, www.Cymax.com, www.123stores.com,, www.Hayneedle.com, www.Overstock.com from July 2017 through April 2020 for between $90 and $200.

Hazard:  The recalled chest is unstable if it is not anchored to the wall, posing tip-over and entrapment hazards that may result in death or serious injuries to children. The chests do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM 2057-19).

Recall Description:  This recall involves the Hodedah HI4DR 4-drawer chest. They were sold in beech, mahogany, chocolate, cherry, white, and black colors. The chests measure about 40 inches tall, 27.5 inches wide, and 15.5 inches deep and weigh about 84 pounds.

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it in an area that children cannot access.  Hodedah will provide free anti-tip anchoring kits or packaging and pre-paid shipping labels so that consumers can remove the chest’s drawer slides and return them to the firm for a full refund and discard the rest of the dresser.

Contact Hodedah toll-free at 855-463-3324 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email Recalls@Hodedah.com or online at www.hodedah.com and click on Recall Information on the top of the page for more information.

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

Prepac Recalls 4-Drawer Chests Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards.

Recall Date:  May 6, 2020

Recall Number:  20-117

Recall Details:  Prepac 4-drawer chests

Sold At:  Online at Overstock.com, Target.com, Amazon.com and other online retailers from April 2005 through September 2018 for about $75.

Hazard:  The recalled chests are unstable and can tip over if not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children.

Recall Description:  This recall includes Prepac 4-drawer chests with plastic drawer glides. The recalled chests were sold in three finishes, black, oak and white. The following model numbers are included in the recall and are printed on the instruction manual:

 

Model Dimensions Finish
BEP-3031-4 29-3/4”H x 30”W x 16”D Black
BBD-3031-4 29-3/4”H x 30”W x 16”D Black
OBD-3031-4 29-3/4”H x 30”W x 16”D Oak
WHD-3031-4 29-3/4”H x 30”W x 16”D White

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chests if not properly anchored to the wall and place them in an area that children cannot access. Contact Prepac to receive a free tipover restraint kit and consumers can request a one-time, free in-home installation of the wall anchor strap.

Contact Prepac Manufacturing toll-free at 877-773-7221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.prepacmfg.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

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

Pass & Seymour Recalls Commercial-Grade Electrical Receptacles Due to Burn Hazard

Recall Date:  April 9, 2020

Recall Number:  April 9, 2020

Recall Details:  Commercial-Grade Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacles

Sold At:  Electrical equipment suppliers and other stores nationwide between October 2019 and February 2020 for between $3 and $10.

Hazard:  A manufacturing error within the receptacles could lead consumers to incorrectly force the plug into the receptacle, causing the plug blades to overheat, posing a burn risk to the consumer.

Recall Description:  This recall involves Pass & Seymour commercial-grade tamper-resistant duplex electrical receptacles with the following model numbers.

 

Model Numbers
TR15GRY TR20W TR26342I TR26352RNICC6 TR5352I
TR15I TR20WCC8 TR26342LA TR26352RW TR5352LA
TR15LA TR26242BK TR26342W TR26352W TR5352W
TR15W TR26252 TR26352 TR26352WCC8 WR20TR
TR20 TR26252BK TR26352BK TR5252 WR20TRGRY
TR20BK TR26252GRYCC8 TR26352BKCC8 TR5252GRY WR20TRGRYCC8
TR20CC8 TR26252I TR26352GRY TR5252I WR20TRI
TR20GRY TR26252LACC8 TR26352GRYCC8 TR5252LA WR20TRLA
TR20I TR26252W TR26352I TR5252W WR20TRW
TR20ICC8 TR26252WCC8 TR26352LACC8 TR5352 WR20TRW
TR20LA TR26342BK TR26352RBK TR5352BK WR20TRWCC8
TR20LACC8 TR26342GRY TR26352GCC6 TR5352GRY  

The model number is printed on the labels on the individual product boxes or cartons. “Legrand” is printed on the back of the receptacles. The following manufacturing date codes can be found on the outside of the carton: 43U, 44U, 45U, 46U, 47U, 48U, 49U, 50U, 51U, 52U, 53U, 01V, 02V.

The following manufacturing date codes may also be found hot-stamped on the back of the device(s): “MU”, NU”, “PU” and “AV”.

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled receptacles and contact the firm for a free replacement, a full refund or a refund in the form of a credit.

Contact Pass & Seymour toll-free at 833-552-0388 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.legrand.us (look for “Pass & Seymour” in the “Brands” menu) and click on “Product Recall” under the “HELP” section at bottom of page for more information.

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

Continuum Recalls Lenox Tea Kettles Due to Burn Hazard

Recall Date:  April 8, 2020

Recall Number:  20-107

Recall Details:  Lenox 2.5 Quart Tea Kettles

Sold At:  Burlington, HomeGoods, Home Sense, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Tuesday Morning, and Winners stores nationwide from September 2013 through November 2017 for between $30 and $50.

Hazard:  The tea kettles can expel hot water during use, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Recall Description:  This recall involves Continuum’s Lenox-branded 2.5 Quart Whistling Stainless Steel Tea Kettle with a three-layered bottom. The tea kettles were sold in a variety of colors, including blue, red, silver, and gold. They have a stainless steel flat bottom that measures approximately 7” in diameter and has a bent edge that extends approximately 1” beyond the flat portion of the bottom. The brand name Lenox is written on the sides and the bottom of the kettle.

Incidents/Injuries:  Continuum has received 14 reports of tea kettles expelling hot water through the top, including four reports of burn injuries, some of them severe.  

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tea kettles and contact Continuum for a full refund if proof of purchase is available.  If not, consumers will be entitled to a refund of $29.99.

Contact Continuum at 800-669-6385 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.gocontinuum.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

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

Manhattan Toy Recalls Musical Lili Llama Due to Choking Hazard

Recall Date:  April 2, 2020

Recall Number:  20-102

Recall Details:  Musical Lili Llama

Sold At:  Toy stores nationwide and online at www.manhattantoy.com, Amazon.com and other websites from October 2019 through February 2020 for about $50. 

Hazard:  The screws used to attach the spinning flowers to the sides of the toy can become loose and fall off, posing a choking hazard for young children.

Recall Description:  This recall involves Musical Lili Llama wooden activity toy.  The llama-shaped wood toy has a multi-colored metal xylophone on the top, two wood mallets, a detachable maraca tail on the back, four spinning squares on the front, two clacking panels on the sides and two spinning flowers on the sides.  Lot code 217120 IL is printed on the inside of the side panel below the company name and address.

Incidents/Injuries:  Manhattan Toy has received seven reports of loose screws falling off the toy, including two reports of children putting the screws in their mouths.    

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Manhattan Toy for a free repair kit.

Contact Manhattan Toy at 800-541-1345 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday; email mtreps@manhattantoy.com, or online at www.manhattantoy.com and click on ‘Recall Information’ for more information.

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

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Check Out These References for Further Reading:

“Safety Issues & Recalls.” NHTSA. Retrieved 14 May 2020. https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.

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