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Consumer product recalls seek to keep the public safe from harm

A large number of safety-related recalls were issued in January. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with overseeing the safety of consumer products from children’s toys and clothing to small equipment and household products. The agency ensures that harmful products are not placed on the market.

When an issue arises with a product, the CPSC investigates and can request the manufacturer recall the product, or mandate a recall if the product poses an especially serious risk to consumers. Sometimes problems are not identified until they are already on the market. That is why it’s important for consumers to report any issues they have encountered with a dangerous product to the CPSC.

Product Recalls and Alerts Issued January 2021

Academy Sports + Outdoors Ozone 500 Density Bicycles due to the locking hardware on the front wheel becoming loose resulting in front wheel instability, posing fall and injury hazards. No injuries have been reported to date. About 6,000 units were sold in the U.S.

Belkin “Portable Wireless Charger + Stand Special Edition” due to a manufacturing defect in the power supply unit which can cause the charger to malfunction and overheat, posing fire and shock hazards. No injuries have been reported to date. About 2,280 units were sold in the U.S.

CB2 Junction Tall Chests and Low Dressers due to serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injury to children. CB2 has received 10 reports of incidents, including five with the tall chests and five with the low dressers. About 11,000 units were sold in the U.S.

John Deere Frontier model rotary tillers due to some of the PTO drivelines being assembled without a specified safety sign, which explains the associated hazards and that an operator or bystander can become entangled if there is contact with the driveline. No injuries have been reported to date. About 1,740 units were sold in the U.S.

Juratoys’ Janod Toy Confetti Trumpets due to the small pieces inside the toy coming loose, which can be ingested by children, posing a choking hazard. The trumpets were sold either individually or as part of the Janod Confetti Music “Live” Musical Set. No incidents have been reported to date. About 2,457 units were sold in the U.S.

Massimo Motor Sports Percussion Massage Guns, sold exclusively at Costco, due to the lithium-ion battery system overheating, posing a fire hazard. The company has received three reports of fires with the recalled massage guns that resulted in more than $15,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported to date. About 12,360 units were sold in the U.S.

Noble House Home Furnishings chests, cabinets and dressers due to tip-over and entrapment hazards resulting in death or injuries in children if not anchored to the wall. No injuries have been reported to date. About 780 units were sold in the U.S.

Rapala Recharable Fillet Knives due to the battery overheating and catching fire if non-Rapala chargers are used to charge the battery. The company has received reports of 12 batteries overheating and catching fire, in some cases causing damage to surrounding areas. No injuries have been reported. About 128,000 units were sold in the U.S.

Sea to Summit Alpha and Sigma camping pots due to the nylon latch disengaging from the pot and causing the handle to detach. This issue poses burn and scald hazards. Sea to Summit has received 10 reports of the latch disengaging and becoming damaged due to excessive heat exposure. No injuries have been reported. About 16,200 units were sold in the U.S.

Rust-Oleum Professional Bright Galvanizing Compound Spray due to the bottom of the pressurized container detaching unexpectedly, poising an injury hazard. The company has received six reports of the container bottom detaching, including one reported injury. About 10,500 units were sold in the U.S.

Product Liability Lawyers

The latest product recalls, specific product alerts, and other helpful information about consumer safety can be found at the CPSC website. There are also links on the site to report a problem with a product and links for both consumers and businesses to report these problems. Businesses are required to report potentially hazardous products they manufacture, distribute, import or sell under Section 15 of the Consumer Product Safety Act. Both of these can be done by visiting saferproducts.gov.

You will always find the latest important product recalls on our site throughout the month. If you have suffered a serious injury and suspect a defective product is to blame, contact a lawyer in our Products Liability section. We are handling a number of cases related to defective consumer products. Lawyers in this section also handle claims related to catastrophic injury and death as a result of defective auto products. To talk to a lawyer in this section, call the firm at 1-800-898-2034 or fill out our contact form.

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