November Product Recalls 2019
A recalled product can wreak havoc for consumers. A recalled product may contain defects that make it highly dangerous for use, such as electrical malfunctions or a child strangulation hazard. Every year, product defects of all kinds cause thousands of consumer injuries and deaths. Keeping up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new monthly product recalls could keep you and your family safe from defective items.
Skacel Collection Knitting Needles
A laceration hazard led to the brand Skacel Collection recalling about 270 units of its FlipStix knitting needles in early November. The company says the shafts of the needles may burst or split, potentially lacerating users. Its offered remedy is a full refund for purchasers. The company has received three reports of the knitting needles splitting, with no reported injuries.
Skylight Power Adapters
A potential electrical shock hazard motivated a recall from Skylight of over 65,000 units of its power adapter for digital photo frames. When plugged in, the adapter’s case can break, exposing metal pieces and posing an electrical shock threat to users. The company issued the recall on November 7th after receiving eight reports of broken power adapters, with one electrical shock injury reported. The company has offered to replace affected units for free.
Hooey Children’s Sweatshirts
On November 12th, the clothing brand Hooey recalled over 7,000 units of its children’s sweatshirts with drawstrings in the U.S. and Canada over what it calls a “significant strangulation hazard.” The drawstring in the hood of the sweatshirt could potentially strangle the wearer if it tangles in doors, playground slides or moving objects. The company has not yet received any reports of related injuries but is recommending consumers remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts immediately.
Kenmore Microwaves Sold at Sears
Kenmore has recalled around 700 units of a microwave oven sold exclusively at Sears and Sears Hometown and Outlet stores. The recalled microwave ovens come from the manufacturer Guangdong Galanz and pose a burn hazard due to faulty wiring. The electrical defect could cause the exterior of the microwave oven to heat to a temperature that could cause burn injuries upon contact (exceeding 183 degrees Fahrenheit). Kenmore says consumers should immediately discontinue the use of the microwaves and bring them in for free repairs.
Briggs & Stratton Riding Lawnmower
Briggs & Stratton issued a recall of about 1,160 Snapper Rear Engine 33” Riding Mowers on November 14th after realizing a faulty blade engagement lever could potentially pose an injury risk by keeping the blade of the mower engaged after the user releases the foot-activated pedal. The suggested remedy is a free inspection and repair.
Numerous Products Sold By TJX Companies Inc.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission received notice that T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls continued selling 19 different recalled products (about 1,200 units total) from 2014 to 2019, after their recalls. The products include inclined infant sleepers, chairs and barstools, child’s clothing, kitchen appliances, patio furniture and light-up decorations.
Yamaha Portable Generators
A potential fire and burn hazard led to Yamaha’s recall of about 10,100 portable generators. The company has received no reports of incidents or injuries but discovered a problem with leaking fuel tanks that could be dangerous. The generator’s tank may leak gasoline, which could pose a significant fire and burn injury risk to consumers. Yamaha is offering free inspections and repairs to those who purchased the blue 2018 and 2019 portable generators (model EF2000iS).
Stanley Black & Decker Hammer
Stanley brand recalled its 16 oz. wooden nailing hammer on November 27th (model STHT51454) due to a molded grip on the hammer that may come loose during use. This could pose an injury risk to users, such as the hammer striking the individual. The recalled hammers have a natural wood color, steel heads and black molded grips. Stanley suggests consumers stop using the hammers and return them to Wal-Mart for full refunds in the form of Wal-Mart gift cards.