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Recall Roll Call: August 2023
Recalls happen more often than you may think. Knowing the products that could be dangerous can help you stay safe. Here’s a quick recap of the major recalls for August 2023.
Aiper Elite Pro Cordless Robotic Pool Vacuum Cleaners
These pool vacuums are powered by batteries that can overheat and short circuit when the charging cord is plugged into the device without the adapter and/or directly into the charging port on the machine. This defect poses potential burn and fire hazards. There have been 17 reports of the vacuum overheating, including one report of a minor burn. Consumers should immediately stop using the vacuums. The company is offering a free replacement.
Units affected: 22,000
Sold: Online at www.aiper.com, Amazon.com, www.cocktailpool.com, www.factorypure.com, www.myrobotdirect.com, www.wellbots.com and uspoolsite.com from January 2023 through May 2023
For more information: https://aiper.com/elite-pro-recall/ or (888) 968-0666
The Children’s Place Baby and Toddler Boy Basic Stretch Straight Leg Jeans
The jeans’ metal snaps can detach, posing a choking hazard for young children. Consumers should return the jeans for a full refund.
Units affected: 97,400
Sold: Exclusively at The Children’s Place stores nationwide from September 2022 through March 2023 and from January 2023 through June 2023
For more information: http://www.childrensplace.com or (877) 752-2387
Costco Ubio Labs Power Banks
The power banks can overheat, posing a risk of fire. There have been three fires, including one on a commercial flight where there were four reports of smoke inhalation and one minor burn injury. Consumers should stop using the power banks and contact Costco for a full refund. The manufacturer, Ubio, is no longer in business.
Units affected: 350,000
Sold: Costco stores nationwide and online at www.costco.com from March 2019 through December 2020
For more information: https://customerservice.costco.com/ or (800) 774-2678
Daikin Comfort Technologies Amana Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
The compressor can overheat, posing a risk of fire and burns. There have been 52 incidents, including 10 fires. Consumers should contact Daikin for instructions on disabling the compressor and to arrange a free repair.
Units affected: 62,100
Sold: Through direct sales and heating and cooling dealers nationwide from May 2015 through January 2023
For more information: http://www.amana-ptac.com/digi-air-recall or (844) 309-1141
Electrolux Group Frigidaire Gas Cooktops
The plastic control knobs can crack or break, posing a risk of a gas leak or fire. There have been 63 reports of knobs cracking or breaking, including a minor injury from a gas leak and a fire. Consumers should stop using the recalled cooktops and contact the company for a free set of replacement knobs.
Units affected: 77,000
Sold: Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and other independent appliance stores nationwide from March 2016 through April 2022
For more information: https://www.Cooktopknobrecall.com or (800) 314-3998
The dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing a burn risk. The company has received 688 reports of overheating, at least 23 fires, and $168,000 in property damage. Consumers should unplug and immediately stop using the machines and contact Gree for a refund.
Units affected: 1.56 million
Sold: Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, Sam's Club, Sears, Walmart, and other stores nationwide, starting in 2011 through 2014
For more information: https://global.gree.com/usa/channels/840.html
Maggie’s Farm Aerosol Bed Bug & Flea Killer Cans
These pressurized cans can rupture, and spew shrapnel, presenting laceration and injury risks. Contents also can leak, causing skin and eye irritation. There have been four reports of ruptured cans, but no injuries. Consumers should take a photo of the can, then safely dispose of it, submitting the photo for a full refund.
Units affected: 14,500
Sold: Meijer, Big Y, Stop & Shop, Woodman's, and defense commissaries nationwide and online at maggiesfarmproducts.com, Walmart.com, and Amazon.com
For more information: https://maggiesfarmproducts.com/pages/voluntary-recall or (844) 368-2280
Phillips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitors
The monitors use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can overheat during charging. This poses a risk of fire, burns, and property damage. There have been 23 reports of the monitors overheating, including seven reports of minor injuries. Consumers should immediately stop using the monitors and contact Phillips for a free replacement.
Units affected: 12,850
Sold: Sold online at ToysRUs.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Jet.com, and https://www.usa.philips.com/ from March 2016 through January 2020
For more information: https://www.philips.com/video-babymonitor-recall or (833) 276-5311
Polaris MATRYX PRO RMK and MATRYX RMK KHAOS Snowmobiles
There’s a risk of serious injury from the snowmobile’s handlebar hooks, which present a puncture hazard. The company has received four reports of puncture wounds. Polaris is offering free repair at an authorized dealer as well as replacement handlebar hooks that can be self-installed.
Units affected: 15,900
Sold: Polaris dealers nationwide from December 2019 through April 2023
For more information: http://www.polaris.com or (800) 765-2747
Polaris Off-Road Vehicles, Bobcat Utility Vehicles, Gravely Utility Vehicles, Fuel Pump Kits and Fuel Tank Assemblies
When these vehicles and/or equipment are near a hot surface, a fuel leak can occur, posing a fire hazard. There have been three reports of fuel leaks but no fires or injuries. Consumers should stop using the vehicles and contact an authorized dealer for a free inspection and repair.
Units affected: 12,300
Sold: Polaris, Gravely, and Bobcat dealers nationwide from March 2021 through December 2022, with fuel pump kits and fuel tank assemblies sold online at www.polaris.com/en-us/shop/, https://shop.bobcat.com/
For more information: https://www.polaris.com/en-us/recalls/off-road/ or (800) 765-2747
Polaris RZR XP Turbo and Turbo S Recreational Off-Road Vehicles
The clutch can fracture, which causes fragments to fly from the vehicle, posing injury and fire risks. There have been six fires, two injuries, and one vehicle tip-over. There have been 206 reports of clutch failures in all. Consumers should immediately stop using the vehicles and contact Polaris for a free repair.
Units affected: 27,300
Sold: Polaris dealers nationwide from December 2019 through September 2022
For more information: http://www.polaris.com or (800) 765-2747
Prime-Line Glass Doorknobs
The glass doorknobs can crack and separate, posing a laceration hazard. There have been five reports of injuries requiring stitches. Consumers should stop using and remove the doorknobs. Prime-Line is offering a full refund.
Units affected: 167,000
Sold: Home improvement stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Wayfair.com and other websites from February 2022 through April 2023
For more information: https://www.recallrtr.com/glassknobs or (800) 729-6123
Sensio Bella, Bella Pro Series Cooks and Crux Electric and Stovetop Pressure Cookers
The lid for the pressure cooker can unlock and be removed during use. This can cause the hot liquid to splash out, posing a burn hazard. There have been 61 burn injuries including some second and third degree burns to the face, torso, arms, and hands. Consumers should immediately stop using the cooker and contact Sensio for a refund.
Units affected: 860,000
Sold: JCPenney, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Macy’s and Target stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and other websites from September 2015 through September 2020
For more information: https://recall.sensiobrands.com or (855) 647-3125
Simplay3 Company Toddler Towers
The towers can tip over, posing a fall and injury risk. The company has received 16 reports of tipping while in use, causing ten injuries, six of which were head contusions. Consumers should stop using the towers until they are able to get the free set of stabilizing bases from the company.
Units affected: 108,450
Sold: Online at TheSimplay3company.com, Amazon.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, and other online sites and Buttercup Baby Store, Fun Stuff, Midstates, and other toy stores nationwide from November 2018 through June 2023
For more information: https://simplay3.com/safety-and-recall-information/ or (866) 855-0100
Target Threshold Candles
The candle’s jar poses laceration and burn hazards if it breaks during use. There have been 19 reports of jars breaking or cracking, including one injury. Consumers should return the candles for a full refund.
Units affected: 2.2 million
Sold: Target stores nationwide and www.target.com from February 2020 through July 2023
For more information: https://help.target.com/help/ or (800) 440-0680
TOMY Boon Flair and Flair Elite Highchairs
The bolts used to connect the seat to the base can become loose and detach, posing a fall risk to the child. The company has received 34 reports of the seat separating, including 24 falls that resulted in 11 injuries. TOMY is offering a free repair kit.
Units affected: 83,000
Sold: Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Toys ‘R’ Us, and other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, and BedBathAndBeyond.com. The Flair Elite was sold from 2008 to 2009 and the Flair models were sold from January 2008 through February 2017.
For more information: https://recall.tomy.com/ or (866) 725-4407
To see additional recalls by the Food and Drug Administration, click here.
Life-changing injuries and tragedies occur due to risky ingredients and errors made by manufacturers. If you have a question about what you believe may be a harmful or faulty product that may have caused injury, it may help to speak with a leading Philadelphia product liability attorney.