Here are just some of the latest in consumer product safety recalls. Be sure to check them out to make sure you stay informed about your purchases!
Arctic Cat Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Due to Fire Hazard
Recall Details: Arctic Cat recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)
Sold At: Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from December 2013 through August 2017, ranging between $10,500 – $19,500.
Hazard: Heat from the exhaust can melt plastic panels behind the operator and passenger seat, posing a fire hazard.
Recall Description: This recall involves all model year 2014 – 2017 Wildcat Trail and 2015 – 2017 Wildcat Sport models of Arctic Cat ROVs. The recalled vehicles were sold in multiple colors, have four wheels and side-by-side seating for two people. “Wildcat Trail” or “Wildcat Sport” is printed on each side of the vehicle.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been 444 reports of the plastic panels melting, with five resulting in fires. No injuries reported.
What to Do if You Own One
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ROVs and contact Arctic Cat to schedule a free repair. Arctic Cat is contacting all known purchasers directly. Contact Arctic Cat if you need assistance locating an authorized dealer to conduct the repair.
Contact Arctic Cat 800-279-6851 from 8am to 5pm CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.arcticcat.com and click on Product Recall for more information.
Kidde Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure Discharge and Nozzle Detachment
Recall Number: 18-022
Recall Details: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles.
Sold At: Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers, ranging in price from $12 – $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. These fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial truck, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft, and boats.
Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. Additionally, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
Recall Description: This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.
Plastic handle fire extinguishers: 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 – August 15, 2017, including models previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and later, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2012 – August 15, 2017 are 00212 – 22717. For united produced prior to 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.
Please see full report for model numbers of Plastic-handle fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 – October 25, 2015.
Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers: The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995 – September 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.
Please see full report for model numbers of Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995 – September 22, 2017.
Incidents/Injuries: One reported death in 2014 involving a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.
What to Do if You Own One
Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Kidde and request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit.
Contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30am – 5pm ET Monday through Friday, and 9am – 3pm ET Saturday & Sunday; or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
PlanToys Baby Gyms Due to Strangulation Hazard
Sold At: Specialty toy and baby product stores nationwide and online at Diapers.com, Target.com, and other websites from September 2016 – May 2017 for about $50.
Hazard: Babies can be strangled by the side rope crossbars on the baby gyms.
Recall Description: This recall involves PlanToys baby gyms that are set on the floor for babies. Babies lay under the gym to play with the hanging mobiles. The wooden gyms are tan and have four legs with four different color balls in the middle that are connected by two ropes on the sides. There are two space-themed mobiles hanging from the top bar. The manufacturing date code is TH 080116 – TH 082916, which is printed on the top corner of the joint connecting ball.
What to Do if You Own One
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the baby gyms and contact PlanToys for a free replacement baby gym.
Contact PlanToys toll-free at 866-517-7526 from 9a – 2p PT Monday through Friday; email at Michael@plantoysinc.com or online at www.PlanToys.com and click on Safety at the bottom of the page for more information.
Fisher-Price Infant Motion Seat Due to Fire Hazard
Recall Details: Soothing Motion Seats
Sold At: BuybuyBaby, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other websites from November 2015 – October 2017 for about $160 for the Soothing Motions Seat and $175 for the Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seat.
Hazard: The motor housing can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Recall Description: This recall involves Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Seat with model numbers CMR35, CMR36, CMR37, and DYH22 and Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seats with model number CMR39. The seat bounces, sways, or bounces and sways together. The seat also vibrates, plays 10 songs and nature sounds, and has an overhead mobile. The model number is located on the underside of the motor housing.
Incidents/Injuries: Fisher-Price has received 36 reports of the product overheating, including one report of a fire contained within the motor housing. No injuries have been reported as of this printing.
What to Do if You Own One
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Soothing Motions Seats and contact Fisher-Price for a full refund.
Contact Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437 from 9a-6pm ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.service.mattel.com, and click on Recalls & Safety Alerts for more information.
Little Mass Children’s Sleepwear Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
Recall Details: Children’s nightgowns and pajama sets.
Sold At: Nordstrom and children’s boutiques nationwide and online at www.littlemass.com from July 2016 through October 2017, ranging between $27-$42.
Hazard: The children’s nightgowns and pajama sets do not meet the flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.
Recall Description: The recall involves children’s nightgowns and two-piece pajama sets. A variety of the sleepwear styles were sold in sizes 7-14. Little Mass and style numbers T927S, T933, T935, T935S, T949, T952S, or T953 are printed on a sewn-in side seam label..
What to Do if You Own One:
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled items away from children and contact Little Mass for a full refund.
Reach Little Mass at 800-977-9086 from 9am to 5pm PT Monday through Friday; email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and online at www.littlemass.com and click on “Product Recall” at the bottom of the page for more information.
Other Safety Recall News
IKEA’s Malm Dresser
Despite recall efforts and attempts to mitigate the danger of their Malm dressers, IKEA faces further ramifications as news spreads of another fatality that occurred this year as a result of a dresser toppling over on a child. This is the eighth death attributed to this particular line of dressers.
Just late last year, IKEA came to a settlement to pay out $50 million to the families of three boys who died as a result of the Malm dresser falling on top of them. Additionally, IKEA also agreed to donate money to children’s hospitals as part of the settlement.
Since June, IKEA stopped selling the Malm-line dressers and chests due to the products failing safety tests. Still, 65 million units from this line have been sold worldwide in the past 13 years and it’s difficult to know where they’ve ended up over the years. Furthermore, as in this latest incident, some people remain unaware of the recall.
GM Continues to Pay Out Due to Faulty Ignition Switches
General Motors continues to pay out in penalties and settlements, the latest occurring in Orange County, CA. In early October, GM agreed to a $120 million settlement including 49 states and the District of Columbia due to faulty ignition switches and poor safety practices. The Orange County settlement will cost GM $13.9 million, and alleges that GM concealed the defects from regulators.
The initial recall began in February 2014, affecting 2.6 million vehicles. Over 400 injuries and fatalities are attributed to the faulty ignition switch, which causes engine stalling and prevents deployment of airbags in crashes. However, issues with a faulty ignition switch were first discovered back in 2001 while testing their prototype, and did not even meet their own internal safety specifications.
Howard Blau Law will continue to provide updates on important developments involving safety recalls and notices.
Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“Ikea to Settle for $50 million after its dressers tipped over, killing three young children.” Washington Post. Retrieved 1 November 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/12/22/ikea-to-settle-for-50-million-after-its-dressers-tipped-over-killing-three-young-boys/?utm_term=.6989952ed263
“Ikea will pay $50 million to families of 3 children killed by tipping dressers.” Fortune. Retrieved 1 November 2017. http://fortune.com/2016/12/22/ikea-payment-children-malm-dressers/
“Ikea will top selling dressers cited in deaths of three children.” Fortune. Retrieved 1 November 2017. http://fortune.com/2016/06/27/ikea-dresser-recall-malm-tipover-death/
“GM Ignition Switch Settlement.” ClassAction.com. Retrieved 1 November 2017. https://www.classaction.com/gm-ignition-switch/settlement/
“Ten Times More Deaths Than GM First Reported.” Fortune. Retrieved 1 November 2017. http://fortune.com/2015/08/24/feinberg-gm-faulty-ignition-switch/
“Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Criminal Charges Against General Motors And Deferred Prosecution Agreement With $900 Million Forfeiture.” U.S. Department of Justice: Southern District of New York. Retrieved 1 November 2017. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/manhattan-us-attorney-announces-criminal-charges-against-general-motors-and-deferred