December Product Recalls 2019
A recall means something is wrong with the product that could potentially harm consumers. The item may have encountered a problem in its design, manufacture or marketing that makes it unreasonably dangerous for use. Recalled products cause thousands of serious injuries per year, along with many deaths. Keeping up with recalled products can help you stay away from known health or safety risks.
DaVinci recalled about 3,000 Bailey bassinets in early December 2019 for a potential fall hazard. The company stated the support legs on the item could break, potentially collapsing the bassinet and injuring infant occupants. DaVinci announced the recall after receiving 19 reports of the bassinet’s legs breaking, with no related injuries. The recommended solution is to stop using the bassinets and contact the company for a free repair kit.
Trek Super Commuter Bike
On December 6th, 2019, Trek Bikes recalled about 2,840 Super Commuter+ 8S electric bicycles in model years 2017, 2018 and 2019. Trek says the bicycles may have the incorrect bolt installed to secure the front fender of the electric bike to the fork crown. The mistake poses a serious fall hazard since the front fender could fall and hit the front wheel, stopping the bicycle without warning. Trek has received two reports of this happening, with one victim suffering a vertebrae fracture. It recommends stopping the use of the recalled electric bike and taking it to a Trek retailer for a free inspection and repair.
Bass Pro MR. STEAK™ Gas Grills
Bass Pro Shop had to recall four- and five-burner models of its MR. STEAK propane gas grills due to a potential fire hazard. The recall involves about 3,300 units that could contain the defect. These grills have gas regulator hoses that could melt if they touch the bottom of the grill’s firebox, potentially causing a fire. Bass Pro received nine reports of propane grill fires and no injuries or property damages before announcing the recall. Its remedy is to contact the company for a free repair kit.
J. Crew Boys’ Denim Pants
A potential aspiration and choking hazard led J. Crew to recall about 900 units of crewcut boys’ stone-washed denim pants (sizes 2 and 3) on December 17th, 2019. The pants may contain small stones in the pockets or waistband from the stone-washing process, which could lead to a choking hazard for small children. The company is offering free repairs if customers bring them back to the retailer. The recall only applies to pants made in Pakistan.
Hillsdale Furniture Chests
Hillsdale Furniture had to recall about 31,000 units of its five-drawer chest (in the color dove gray) for a potential tip-over and entrapment hazard. After discovering that the chests were inherently unstable if not anchored to the wall, Hillsdale issued the recall to help prevent potential injuries and deaths to children. The chests do not comply with federal performance requirements and could be dangerous. Consumers should take the chests to Bob’s Discount Furniture or Hillsdale Furniture for a refund or free repair.
Toysmith Magic Wands
Toysmith recalled about 58,000 units of its light-up magic wands due to a defect that can lead to exposure and detachment of the toy’s button-cell batteries, which children may then swallow. The choking and ingestion hazard led to one case of a child swallowing the battery. The event required medical care for extraction. The company recommends immediately stopping the use of the toy wands (taking them out of reach of children). Then, they recommend returning them to the store for full refunds.
On December 20th, 2019, Hallmark recalled about 4,500 units of its frosted balsam jar candles for a potential laceration and fire hazard. Hallmark stated in the recall that the candle jar could crack during use, possibly causing cuts or fires. It received six reports of the glass jar breaking, causing fire damage in some cases. The company is recommending disuse of the candles and returns for full refunds, plus $10 Hallmark Gold Crown gift cards.
If a defective product injures you or a loved one, contact a product liability lawyer for a free consultation. The company may owe you compensation.