Product Recalls: Are You Spending Your Quarantine With These Dangerous Household Items? (Part 2)

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.)


Children’s Tool Kits Recalled by Grizzly Industrial Due to Violation of Federal Lead Content Ban and Toy Safety Requirements

Recall Date:  March 19, 2020

Recall Number:  20-098

Recall Details:  Children’s Tool Kits

Sold At:  Grizzly Industrial’s showrooms nationwide and online at www.grizzly.com and www.Amazon.com  from September 2002 through November 2019 for about $20.

Hazard:  The tool belt, hammer and suspenders (model H3044) contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead content standard.  In addition, the toy goggles and hardhats do not meet toy safety requirements.

Recall Description:  The recalled Children’s Tool Kits have two different model numbers: H3044 and H5855.  Model H3044 is a 12-piece tool kit that contains a helmet, goggles, tape measure, tool belt, hammer, pair of leather gloves, ruler, carpenter’s square, level, bottle of chalk and suspenders.  Model H5855 is an 11-piece tool kit that contains goggles, tape measure, wooden tool caddy, hammer, ruler, carpenter’s square, level, screwdriver, pliers and an adjustable wrench.  Model numbers are printed on the front upper right hand corner of the packaging.  “Grizzly Industrial” is printed on multiple items of the tool kits.

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled Children’s Tool Kits and keep them away from children.  Consumers should contact Grizzly Industrial for instructions on returning the recalled tool kits to receive a full refund including return shipping.  Grizzly is contacting all known purchasers directly to notify them of this recall.

Contact Grizzly Industrial toll-free at 888-615-7944 anytime or email at recalls@grizzly.com or online at www.grizzly.com and click on recalls for more information.

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

Yamaha Guitar Group Recalls Digital Wireless Equipment for Electric Guitars Due to Fire and Injury Hazards

Recall Date:  March 12, 2020

Recall Number:  20-089

Recall Details:  Line 6 Relay G10 Digital Wireless Guitar Systems and USB Charging Cables

Sold At:  Guitar Center, Sweetwater Sound, Musicians Friend, Sam Ash, and other small retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com from March 2016 through December 2019 for about $180 for the G10, $250 for the G10S, $100 for the G10T and about $15 for the USB Charging cable.

Hazard:  The lithium-ion battery can overheat and the battery cover can separate with force,  posing fire and injury hazards.

Recall Description:  This recall involves Line 6 Relay G10, G10S (G10SR), and G10T Digital Wireless Guitar System (G10 Family of Products) that allows an electric guitar to be connected wirelessly to an amplifier.  The system consists of a transmitter, a receiver, and a charger. The receivers have both a 1/4” and XLR output to connect to an amplifier or other audio equipment.  The products are black in color. The Relay G10T transmitter is stamped “Relay G10” and has a four-digit date code followed by a six-digit individual serial number.

Incidents/Injuries:  Yamaha is aware of four incidents worldwide of the battery cover separating forcefully from the transmitter, including one report of minor property damage.  No injuries have been reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and contact Yamaha to receive a free repair for the G10 Family of Products, and a full refund for the G10T USB charging cable.  

Contact Yamaha toll-free at 877- 865-4636 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, or online at www.line6.com and click on “Corrective Action” or go to www.line6.com/g10recall for information on how to download a firmware update for the G10 Family of Products and to get a refund for the charging cable.

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

Kids & Koalas Baby Walkers Recalled Due to Fall and Entrapment Hazards; Sold Exclusively on Amazon.com

Recall Date:  March 19, 2020

Recall Number:  20-730

Recall Details:  Kids & Koalas baby walkers

Sold At:  Online at Amazon.com from September 2017 through July 2018 for between $89 and $123.

Hazard:  The baby walkers fail to meet the federal safety standard.  Specifically, they can fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step as required by the federal safety standard and they have leg openings that allow the child to slip down until the child’s head can become entrapped at the neck.  Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed.

Recall Description:  This recall involves the Kids & Koalas-branded baby walkers.  The foldable baby walkers have eight wheels and a seat with adjustable height.  They were sold in grey, black, green, pink, blue, and white. The Kids & Koalas logo is printed on the front of the tray and on the back of the seat.  Model number X002 can be found on an attached hang tag underneath the product and on the packaging. 

Incidents/Injuries:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled baby walkers, dismantle them, and throw them away.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled baby walkers, dismantle them, and throw them away.

Contact:  Amazon will contact all customers directly who purchased the walkers on Amazon.com with further information related to refunds. 

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

Thule Recalls Thule Sleek Car Seat Adapters Due to Fall Hazard

Recall Date:  March 19, 2020

Recall Number:  20-096

Recall Details:  Thule Sleek Car Seat Adapters

Sold At:  REI, Buy Buy Baby, and other stores nationwide and online at Thule.com, and Amazon.com from December 2018 through February 2020 for about $60.

Hazard:  The plastic brackets on the car seat adapter can break, posing a fall hazard to infants.

Recall Description:  This recall involves the Thule Sleek Car Seat Adapter used to place a Chicco car seat on the Thule Sleek Stroller.  The adapter is metal with two black plastic brackets and clips onto the stroller.  Only the car seat adapter is included in this recall.  Product number 11000301 is printed on a sticker located on the adapter’s plastic bracket.  The UPC code is 091021188099.

Incidents/Injuries:  Thule has received three reports of the plastic brackets on the car seat adapters cracking or breaking while in use. No injuries have been reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Sleek Car Seat Adapter and contact Thule Group to arrange for the return of the product for a full refund or to receive a free replacement product of a Thule Sleek Bassinet which works on the Thule Sleek Stroller.

Contact Thule Group toll-free at 855-652-2688 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday,  email at carseatadapter@thule.com, or online at www.thule.com/carseatadapter or www.thule.com and click on Support/Safety Notice for more information.

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

Homestar Recalls Dressers Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards

Recall Date:  March 12, 2020

Recall Number:  20-721

Recall Details:  Finch three-drawer dressers

Sold At:  Online on Amazon.com, Hayneedle.com, Overstock.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers from January 2016 through May 2019 for about $90.

Hazard:  The recalled dressers are unstable if they are 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 involves Homestar Finch three-drawer dressers in maple/bank adler (EB10873BA), black (EB108738Q), torino walnut (EB108738TW) and white (EB108738W), sold alone or as part of a matching bedroom collection.  Homestar North America and the model number are printed on a label on the back of the recalled dressers.  The contemporary style dressers have three drawers with three brushed nickel finish metal handles.  The dressers measure 28-inches high, 27.5-inches wide, 16-inches deep and weigh about 47 pounds. 

Incidents/Injuries:  

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled dressers that are not properly anchored to the wall and place them in an area that children cannot access.  Contact Homestar to receive a free tip-over restraint kit and a one-time free in-home installation of the kit.  Homestar is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Contact Homestar toll-free at 877-353-5999 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at CPSCanti-tip@homestarltd.com or online at www.homestar-finch-recall.com or www.homestarltd.com and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the Home Page.

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

Kichler Lighting Recalls Ceiling Fans Due to Injury Hazard

Recall Date:  March 12, 2020

Recall Number:  20-088

Recall Details:  Kichler 52-inch LED Indoor Ceiling fans

Sold At:  Lowe’s and other lighting specialty stores nationwide and online at www.lowes.com from January 2016 through March 2020 for about $250.

Hazard:  The irons (arms) that hold the ceiling fan blades can detach during use, causing the blades to fall, posing an injury hazard.

Recall Description:  This recall involves Kichler’s indoor ceiling fans with five blades, bronze accents, etched umber glass and an integrated LED module. The fans are 52 inches wide and have a Mediterranean Walnut finish. Model number 35153 is printed on the top of the fan’s motor housing.

Incidents/Injuries:  Kichler has received about 62 reports of the fan blade iron breaking or detaching. Kichler has received one report of property damage. No injuries have been reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ceiling fans and contact Kichler for instructions on receiving a free replacement ceiling fan.

Contact Kichler Lighting toll-free at 866-558-5706 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kichler.com and click on “Safety Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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

ECHO Recalls Backpack Blowers and Replacement Shoulder Straps Due to Laceration and Impact Hazards

Recall Date:  March 5, 2020

Recall Number:  20-086

Recall Details:  ECHO and Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers and replacement straps

Sold At:  Independent ECHO and Shindaiwa outdoor power equipment dealers and online at www.HomeDepot.com and www.Grainger.com between August 2018 and February 2020 for about $600 for blowers and $30 for replacement straps.

Hazard:  The blower’s shoulder straps, plastic buckles, or the anti-static ground wire can be drawn into the blower fan and fan housing causing plastic pieces to be expelled from the machine, posing laceration and impact hazards.

Recall Description:  This recall involves ECHO and Shindaiwa brand 2-cycle gas powered commercial backpack blowers with shoulder straps.  This recall also includes replacement shoulder straps. The model and serial numbers can be found on the blower’s engine block.  The ECHO or Shindaiwa logo appears on the shoulder strap, and the replacement strap part number appears on the plastic bag at the time of sale.

 

Backpack blower Models Start Serial Number End Serial Number
PB-8010H  P48715001001 P48715999999
PB-8010H 

 

P52315001001 P52315011904
PB-8010T P48615001001 P48615999999
PB-8010T P52415001001 P52415014244
EB810 P52515001001 P52515002697
EB810RT P52015001001 P52015999999
EB810RT P52615001001 P52615003792

 

Spare Parts – Replacement Straps  Part Number
ECHO Right shoulder strap  P/N C061000780
ECHO Right shoulder strap P/N C061000781
ECHO Left shoulder strap P/N C061000790
ECHO Left shoulder strap P/N C061000791
Shindaiwa Right shoulder strap P/N C061000861
Shindaiwa Left shoulder strap P/N C061000871

Incidents/Injuries:  The firm has received 62 reports of incidents, including one minor injury, when pieces of blower were expelled from the machine, hitting a consumer in the neck.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the backpack blowers and return them to an authorized ECHO or Shindaiwa dealer for a free repair.  To locate the nearest authorized dealer, go to the ECHO Store Locator at www.echo-usa.com or the Shindaiwa Dealer Locator at www.shindaiwa-usa.com.

Contact ECHO at 800-432-3246 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.echo-usa.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information, or Shindaiwa toll-free at 877-986-7783 from 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.shindaiwa-usa.com and click on “Product Recalls” 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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