3 Large Product Recalls in 2018
Product recalls are important to prevent serious injuries to unsuspecting consumers. Be sure to register products to get notified in the event of a recall. Below are 3 of the largest product recalls in 2018.
Over 1 Million Chainsaws Recalled (Serious Injury Hazard)
In May, 1,020,000 chainsaws were recalled in the U.S. due to issues with a malfunction that may allow the chainsaw to continue operating even in the OFF position. Multiple reports were received about the chainsaw operating after being turned off. This poses a serious injury risk to users. The recall involves the 14 inch electric chainsaw; brands involved are:
- Portland (model number 67255 or 61592, green and black),
- One Stop Gardens (model number 67255 or 61592, green and black), and
- Chicago Electric (model number 67255 or 61592, red and black).
The chainsaws were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores across the country and online from May 2009 to February 2018 for about $50. Customers can return the chainsaws at stores for a replacement. Get more info: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Harbor-Freight-Tools-Recalls-Chainsaws-Due-to-Serious–Injury-Hazard
350,000 Space Heaters Recalled (Overheat Hazard)
In April, 350,000 personal space heaters were recalled due to concerns of overheating during use, posing a fire or burn hazard to users. So far, there have been 15 reports of the heaters catching on fire. The brand involved is the Vornado electric space heater (model: VH101), sold in a variety of colors at multiple stores and online, including:
- Bed, Bath & Beyond,
- Home Depot,
- Menards, and
- Orchard Supply.
The heaters were sold from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30. Customers can contact Vornado at 855-215-5131 to receive a refund or replacement. Get more info: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Vornado-Air-Recalls-Electric-Space-Heaters-Due-to-Fire-and-Burn-Hazards.
Over 75,000 Aluminum Ladders Recalled (Fall Hazard)
In June, nearly 80,000 ladders were recalled after at least 1 report that the ladder broke during use. Five models of aluminum telescoping ladders for use in multiple positions were recalled. The ladders range in size, from 13 feet to 26 feet and were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s from April 2018 to May 2018 for between $180 and $275. The ladders were imported from China by Werner Co. in Greenville, Pennsylvania.
Customers can obtain a full refund by returning the ladder to the store where it was purchased. Get more info: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Werner-Recalls-Aluminum-Ladders-Due-to-Fall-Hazard
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