The Howard Blau Law Summer Safety Series: Calling All Recalls

We don’t like it when people get sick or injured, especially when it’s summer. That’s when you’re supposed to be having fun! — not worrying about whether or not this or that product might be a hazard to you and your kids. Instead, we’ve done the worrying for you (with a bit of an assist from the Consumer Product Safety Commision). So strap on those goggles, squeeze into some flippers, and join us as we cannonball off the deep end of summer product recalls.

Keep reading to find out more, and stay safe out there!

Universal Security Instruments Recalls to Inspect Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Recall Date:  July 10, 2019

Recall Number:  19-162

Recall Details:  Battery powered smoke and fire alarms (about 180,000 units)

Sold At:  Online through specialty wholesalers and others from July 2015 to December 2016 about $20

Hazard:  The smoke alarms can have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.

Recall Description:  This recall involves Universal Security Instruments 10 year battery-operated ionization smoke and fire alarms with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11. The smoke alarms are white in color and 5½  inches in diameter. “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the alarm. The label on the back of the alarm lists the model number and date code. 

Incidents/Injuries:  The company has received 134 reports of failure to properly activate during installation.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately inspect their smoke alarms to determine if it will activate appropriately.  Press the test button to determine if it is operating properly. If the alarm sounds no further action is required.  Additional instructions are located on the firm’s website. If smoke alarm does not sound during the test, consumers should immediately contact Universal Security for a replacement.   

Contact Universal Security Instruments at 877-612-6955 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.UniversalSecurity.com and click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.

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

Disney Recalls the Forky 11” Plush Toy Due to Choking Hazard

Recall Date:  July 8, 2019

Recall Number:  19-159

Recall Details:  Forky 11” Plush Toys (about 80,000 units)

Sold At:  Disney Stores nationwide, Disney Theme Parks, online at shopdisney.com and through the Disney store on Amazon Marketplace from April 2019 through June 2019 for about $20.

Hazard:  The “googly” plastic eyes on the toy can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. 

Recall Description:  This recall involves an 11 inch “Forky” plush toy from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4. The toy has poseable arms, a base, rainbow screen art on top of foot and plastic rolling “googly” eyes. The eyes are comprised of three parts; a white plastic base, a clear plastic dome and a small black plastic disc within the dome, which represents the character’s pupil. The tracking code information is included on the sewn in label attached to the base of the toy.

Keep an eye out for tracking numbers:  FAC-024868-18338; FAC-024868-19032; FAC-024868-19060; and FAC-024868-19091.

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and return it to any Disney Store retail location,Walt Disney World, or Disneyland Resort theme park retail store location for a full refund. .

Contact Disney toll-free at 866-537-7649 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. or for additional information email personal.shoppers@shopDisney.com 

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

Apple Recalls 15-Inch MacBook Pro Laptop Computers Due to Fire Hazard

Recall Date:  June 27, 2019

Recall Number:  19-152

Recall Details:  15-inch MacBook Pro laptop computers (about 432,000 units)

Sold At:  Apple stores and electronics stores nationwide, and online at www.apple.com from September 2015 through February 2017 starting at about $2,000.

Hazard:  The batteries in the recalled laptop computers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Recall Description:  This recall involves certain Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop computers. The recalled laptop computers have a 15.4-inch (diagonal) display, 2.2-2.5 GHz processors, 256GB-1TB solid-state storage, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, and one HDMI port. Consumers can determine if their laptop computer is included in this recall by checking the laptop’s serial number at https://support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall/. The serial number can be found on the underside of the laptop computer or by choosing “About This Mac” from the Apple menu. Only MacBook Pro 15-inch model laptop computers with certain serial numbers are included.

Incidents/Injuries:  Apple has received 26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled laptop computers. Contact Apple to determine if the laptop computer is a part of the recall and to schedule a free repair.

Contact Apple at 800-275-2273 anytime, or online at www.apple.com, click on support, then “15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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

Fisher-Price Recalls Inclined Sleeper Accessory Included with Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards Due to Safety Concerns About Inclined Sleep Products

Recall Date:  June 27, 2019

Recall Number:  19-151

Recall Details:  Inclined sleeper accessory included with all models of Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards (about 71,00 units)

Sold At:  Juvenile product stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from October 2014 through June 2019 for between $90 and $110.

Hazard:  Infant fatalities have been reported while using other inclined sleep products, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.

Recall Description:  This recall involves the inclined sleeper accessory sold with all Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards with model numbers CBV60, CHP86, CHR06, CJK24, and DJD11. The model number is located on the fabric label inside of the play yard and on the fabric label on the back of the inclined sleeper pad. The product is a portable play yard with inclined sleeper and changing station clutch accessories and a carry bag; the inclined sleeper accessory is the only portion of the product that is being recalled.

Incidents/Injuries:  None reported

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the inclined sleeper accessory and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. Consumers can continue to use the play yard portion of the product without the inclined sleeper accessory, and can also continue to use the changing station clutch accessory and carry bag.

Contact Fisher-Price online at www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recalls & Safety Alerts” or at 800-432-5437 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information.

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

Gillette Recalls Venus Simply3 Disposable Razors Due to Laceration and Injury Hazards

Recall Date:  June 27, 2019

Recall Number:  19-154

Recall Details:  Venus Simply3 Disposable razors (about 87,000 units)

Sold At:  Food, drug, and mass merchandise stores nationwide from January 2019 through May 2019 for between $6 and $10.

Hazard:  A problem during manufacturing resulted in the misalignment of the blades in the razors, posing a higher risk of cuts during normal use.

Recall Description:  This recall involves Venus Simply3 disposable razors. The razors come in pink, purple, and yellow colors and were sold in two types of packages: a Venus Simply3 Disposable Razor 4-pack and a Daisy 12+1 Venus Simply3 Bonus Pack which included one free Venus Simply3 razor.   The ten digit lot code can be found on the right or left side of the plastic package. The UPC number can be found inside the package adjacent to the bar code.

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Incidents/Injuries:  Gillette has received one report of a consumer who was cut while using the recalled razor.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Venus Simply3 razors and contact Gillette to receive a postage-paid return label to return the razors and receive a voucher for a replacement. 

Contact Gillette at 800-362-1258 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday through Sunday or online at www.gillettevenus.com and click on Safety Notification for more information.   

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

Trek Recalls Kickster Bikes Due to Fall Hazard

Recall Date:  July 24, 2019

Recall Number:  19-173

Recall Details:  Trek Kickster (about 11,560 units)

Sold At:  Independent bicycle stores nationwide and online at www.trekbikes.com and other online retailers from August 2012 through April 2019 for about $170.

Hazard:  The steer tube clamp on the bike can break, posing a fall hazard to children.

Recall Description:  This recall involves all model year 2013 through 2019 Trek Kicksters. The bikes are made for toddlers who are learning how to ride a two wheeler. The kicksters do not have pedals so children can focus on balancing.  They come in black, blue, red and pink and “TREK” is written on the crossbar.

Incidents/Injuries:  The firm has received 11 reports of broken steer tube clamps, including one injury with minor scrapes and bruising

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately take the recalled bikes away from children and take it to a Trek retailer for a free repair.

Contact Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

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

 

 

 

K2 Sports Recalls Inline Skates Due to Fall Hazard

Recall Date:  July 16, 2019

Recall Number:  19-168

Recall Details:  VO2 S inline skates (about 2,700 pairs of skates)

Sold At:  Specialty stores nationwide and online at www.k2sports.com from January 2019 through May 2019 for between $280 and $300.

Hazard:  The skate axle can become loose or a portion of the axle can sheer off during use resulting in a wheel separating from the skate’s frame, posing a fall hazard.

Recall Description:  This recall involves the following K2 Sports skate models. K2 is printed on the toe and wheels of the skates and the model name is printed on the label found on the tongue of the skate as well as the Velcro ankle strap. The Item Number can be found on the product ID sticker on the skate packaging and is the first ten numbers of the thirteen digit product code (PROD CODE).

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Incidents/Injuries:  K2 Sports has received four reports of loose axle hardware. No injuries have been reported.

What to Do if You Own One

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled skates and contact K2 Sports or the store where purchased to return the skates for a free repair. K2 Sports is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Contact K2 Sports toll-free at 866-734-5746 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email k2vo2s@k2sports.com or online at www.k2skates.com and click on “Safety Alert Regarding the VO2 S Skate”  for more information.

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

Surviving Summer Should Not Be Hard

This was the seventh post in our inaugural Summer Safety Series! In case you missed them, and would like to take a break from you favorite beach read, you can check out the other posts in the series here:

 

#1. Hot Tips for Your Family, Part 1 [pools, trampolines, and food poisoning]

#2. Help! I’ve Created A Lobster! [sun safety]

#3. Heatstroke Isn’t Cool [heat safety]

#4. ‘Cause Baby You’re a Firework… Victim [firework safety]

#5. As Temperatures Rise, So Do Hot Car Incidents [hot car safety]

#6. (Please Don’t) Just Keep Swimming [swimming pool parasites]

#7. Hot Tips for Your Family, Part 2 [bugs and lawnmowers]

Next week, a recap! For the final post of our 2019 Summer Series, we’ll be checking back in on the topics we’ve covered over the past two months, and taking a look at how these issues have affected people around the country. Just in time for school.

Stay safe out there, and Happy Summer!

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2019-08-01T12:55:01-08:00August 1st, 2019|Product Recalls, Summer Safety|0 Comments