The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced 32 recalls in November. This is significantly higher than the number of recalls issued in November of last year (20). Of the 32 recalls issued this November, nine (28%) were for home and garden products and eight (25%) were for children’s products. The remaining CPSC recalls were spread across a variety of categories, including hardware & tools (16%) (three of which were generators), sports & outdoors products (16%) and motors (9%). In addition, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration issued one recall on a child car seat.
One children’s recall topped 100,000 units last month. 220,000 units of PeaPod travel tents were recalled because children can roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress, become entrapped between the mattress and fabric sides of the tent and suffocate. The death of a five-month old boy was reported. Additionally, nine other incidents were reported, two of which included infants found under a mattress that wasn’t inserted into the zippered pocket on the bottom of the tent.
Four recalls for non-children’s products also exceeded 100,000 units. 210,000 riding and walk-behind lawn mowers were recalled by Kawasaki because the mowers contained fuel filters that can leak and cause a fire hazard. 110 reports of fuel leaks had been received at the time of recall. Fuel filters that had been sold separately (55,000 units) and tune up kits (1,200 units) were also recalled. Additionally, 4,340 utility vehicles that used the fuel filters were recalled.
161,000 LG electric ranges were recalled because the burners on the electric range can fail to turn off when switched to the off position, and the temperature setting can unexpectedly increase during use. 80 such incidents were reported.
150,600 Honda portable generators were recalled because the generator’s fuel hose can leak, resulting in a fire and burn hazard. Four incidents were reported. No fires or injuries were reported in either recall. Two other portable generators were also recalled for fuel-leak related fire hazards. 8,600 Champion Power generators were recalled after eight reports of fire, including two reports of property damage. 7,700 Powermate generators were recalled after 51 reports of fuel leaks; however no fires were reported.
The last recall with over 100,000 was for Drill Master drills (108,000 units), which were recalled because the trigger switch can overheat, causing fire and burn hazards to consumers. There was one report of the drill overheating and burning through the handle, resulting in a minor injury to a consumer.
Several recalls had a high number of incidents relative to the units involved. 18,000 Hustler and BigDog lawn mowers were recalled, with 152 incidents reported at the time of recall. No injuries were reported. 12,900 Kirkland Signature sauté pans with glass lids were recalled because the lid can crack, break or shatter, posing a laceration hazard. 97 incidents but no injuries were reported. 38,600 Graco glider rockers were recalled because the base can crack or break. 28 incidents and 1 injury were reported.
Among the remaining children’s product recalls, three involved injuries that were reported before the product was recalled. 15,500 Step2 riding toys were recalled due to a fall hazard when the child leans too far forward on the seat. Four incidents, resulting in two reports of head bumps, minor concussion and cuts to the gum and lip. 3,000 Halloween mini-project lights were recalled because they can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard. Two incidents and one burn injury were reported at the time of recall. Finally, 1,500 Liquid Motion waterslides were recalled because the warning labels are inadequate for the weight limit and don’t mention that consumers shouldn’t slide headfirst. There was one report of a man who received a neck injury after sliding down the waterslide headfirst.
Other children’s recalls included more trampolines, pajamas & car seats.
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