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Recall Roll Call: July 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 July 2023.
CUPKIN Stainless Steel Children’s Cups
Soojimus has recalled its popular stainless-steel cups, due to dangerous levels of lead that exceed federal levels. Lead is toxic and can cause adverse health effects if ingested by young children. No injuries have been reported. Consumers should stop using the cups and contact Soojimus for a full refund.
Units affected: 346,000
Sold: Online at Amazon.com and Cupkin.com from January 2018 through March 2023
For more information: https://www.cupkin.com/ or (888) 721-0096
ECR International Gas-Fired Hot Water Residential Boilers
The boilers pose a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning due to a missing flue inspection cover plate that poses a risk of exposure to combustion flue gas. No injuries have been reported. The company is offering free inspection and repair.
Units affected: 1,745
Sold: Wholesale distributors mainly in the Midwest and Northeast from December 2022 through May 2023
For more information: https://www.ecrrecall.com or (800) 241-5501
Electrolux Frigidaire Gas Laundry Centers
The Frigidaire Gas Laundry Centers have a felt seal on the dryer drum that can fold inward, accumulating lint and creating a fire hazard. There have been 23 reports of fire and one report of an injury caused by smoke inhalation. Electrolux Group is offering a free inspection, repair, and lint removal service. Consumers may continue to use the washers which are unaffected.
Units affected: 13,600
Sold: Lowe’s, Home Depot, and other independent appliance stores nationwide from October 2014 through April 2018
For more information: https://www.LaundryCenterRecall.com or (800) 747-4620
Husqvarna Residential 300 Series Snow Blowers
These snow blowers can unexpectedly go into drive mode, posing an injury hazard to those around them. The company has received 22 reports of snow blowers becoming engaged due to a loose auger pulley bolt. There have been no injuries. Consumers should contact the company for a free repair.
Units affected: 2,700
Sold: Husqvarna authorized dealers and various hardware stores nationwide and online at www.husqvarna.com from July 2022 through February 2023
For more information: https://www.husqvarna.com/us or (877) 257-6921
Soft Play Sky Wheels
The wheels can detach from the overhead rail during play, posing a fall risk to children. These units were sold to businesses for play areas. There have been 15 reports of wheels detaching, including 3 laceration injuries to the scalp. Soft Play is offering a free inspection and repair. The Sky Wheels should not be used until they are inspected.
Units affected: 3,500
Sold: Sold to McDonalds, YMCA, Lifetime Fitness, Burger King, Crunch Fitness, LTF Club Organizations and other fitness and recreational play areas for use by children from June 2009 through July 2022
For more information: https://www.softplay.com/product/sky-wheels/ or (800) 782-7529
Timberline Solar Energy Shingles
The solar shingles’ electrical component can malfunction, posing a fire risk. No injuries have been reported but there was one report of a fire and 5 reports of thermal incidents that caused property damage. GAF Energy will check the shingles for defects and repair them free of charge.
Units affected: 2,100
Sold: Sold as part of solar systems in select states from November 2021 through April 2023
For more information: https://www.gaf.energy/important-safety-message/ and (888) 838-5567
VRURC Portable Chargers
The chargers can ignite, posing a fire hazard. One of the chargers caught fire on a commercial airline flight, sending 4 flight attendants to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Consumers should stop using the charger and contact VRURC for a free replacement.
Units affected: 190,000
Sold: Amazon.com from July 2021 through May 2023
For more information: https://www.vrurcpower.com/pages/safety-recall or (951) 593-9128
Wild Country Superlight Rocks Cable Wire Chocks
The cable chocks can corrode and weaken when exposed to seaside conditions. As a result, they can break, posing a fall hazard for climbers. No injuries have been reported. The company, Salewa USA, is offering a free replacement.
Units affected: 3,550
Sold: REI, MEC, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at www.wildcountry.com, www.backcountry.com, and www.campsaver.com from January 2017 through February 2023
For more information: https://www.wildcountry.com/en-us/product-recalls or (844) 412-7013
Woom Bikes USA Original Kids’ Bicycles
The handlebar stem can detach from the bikes, causing riders to lose control and fall. There have been 77 reports of the handlebar stem loosening or detaching, which resulted in 19 injuries including bruises, cuts and abrasions. Woom is offering a free repair kit.
Units affected: 84,000
Sold: woom.com, amazon.com and select local bicycle stores nationwide from September 2018 through March 2022
For more information: https://faq.us.woombikes.com/article/337-stem-recall-notice or (855) 966-6872
Yamaha Golf Cars
Yamaha is recalling its 2023 Golf Cars, Personal Transportation Vehicles and Umax due to a faulty accelerator spring that does not return to resting position. This can pose crash, injury, and death hazards. No injuries have been reported but consumers should immediately stop using the vehicles. Yamaha is offering a free inspection and repair.
Units affected: 11,000
Sold: Yamaha Golf-Car dealerships and distributors nationwide from August 2022 through March 2023
For more information: https://yamahagolfcar.com/ or (866) 747-4027
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.