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Recall Roll Call: September 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 September 2023.
American Honda Lawnmowers and Pressure Washer Engines
The camshafts in these engines can cause the starter rope to retract suddenly when it is pulled, which poses an injury hazard. There have been 2,197 reports of camshaft failures, including 7 reports of minor injuries. Consumers should schedule an appointment with a Honda Power Equipment dealer for a free inspection and repair.
Units affected: 391,800
Sold: Lawnmowers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes, Northern Tool and various farm, agricultural and rental stores nationwide from May 2022 to June 2023; Pressure washer engines were sold at Lowes, Home Depot and other retail stores nationwide from June 2022 to August 2023
For more information: https://powerequipment.honda.com/support/recalls-and-updates or (888) 888-3139
Buffalo Games Chuckle & Roar Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kits
The water beads in this game can expand, and if ingested, can pose choking and intestinal obstruction hazards inside a child’s body. This could result in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and risk of death. There has been one report of a death of a 10-month-old, and one report of serious injury to a 9-month-old who required surgery to remove the intestinal obstruction. Consumers should immediately stop using the beads and contact the company for a full refund.
Units affected: 52,000
Sold: Exclusively at Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from March 2022 through November 2022
For more information: https://chuckleandroar.com/recall or (800) 637-0732
Emporia North America Smart Plugs
These plugs pose an electric shock hazard, as they are not adequately grounded. There have been 2 reports of the plugs not working because they are not properly grounded. Consumers should immediately stop using them and contact the company for a free replacement or full refund.
Units affected: 80,000
Sold: Online at shopemporiaenergy.com and Amazon.com from July 2022 through May 2023
For more information: https://www.emporiaenergy.com/recall or (844) 367-6742
FXI Novaform ComfortGrand and DreamAway Mattresses
The mattresses may have been exposed to water during manufacturing, which could allow mold to form. This poses a potential health risk to consumers with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs, or allergies to mold. There have been 541 reports of mold thus far but no reported injuries. Consumers should contact FXI for a full refund or replacement.
Units affected: 48,000
Sold: Exclusively at Costco stores in the Northwest United States and in the San Francisco Bay area and online at www.costco.com from January 2023 through June 2023
For more information: https://novaformcomfort.com/pages/recall or (888) 886-2057
Generac Portable Generators
The fuel tank on these generators can fail to vent adequately, posing a serious fire and burn risk. There have been 27 incidents of generators overheating or expelling fuel, including 3 reports of serious burn injuries. Consumers should immediately stop using the generators and contact the company for a free repair kit.
Units affected: 64,000
Sold: Major home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and on various websites from April 2011 through June 2023
For more information: https://www.generac.com/GPenhancements or (888) 391-0503
H&M Men’s Clasp Beaded Bracelets
The clasp on these bracelets contains a level of lead that exceeds the federal standard. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children. No injuries have been reported. Consumers should contact H&M for a prepaid mailer and return the bracelet for a full refund.
Units affected: 12,290
Sold: H&M stores nationwide and online at www.hm.com from January 2023 through July 2023
For more information: https://www2.hm.com/en_us/index.html or (855) 466-7467
Lectric Ebikes Disc Brake Calipers
The disc brake calipers can fail, which can result in loss of control of the bike. This poses crash and injury hazards to the rider. There have been 4 reports of loss of braking power, including 2 injuries that involved cuts, scrapes, and a broken bone. Consumers should immediately stop using the e-bikes and contact the company for a free repair kit. They also can receive up to $100 towards the cost to install front and rear mechanical brake calipers.
Units affected: 45,000
Sold: Online at lectricebikes.com from November 2022 through May 2023
For more information: https://www.lectricebikesrecall.expertinquiry.com/ or (877) 479-5422
Make Believe Ideas Seven Rainbow Road Board Books
The plastic binding rings on these board books can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Consumers should stop using the books and contact the company for a refund in the form of a gift card.
Units affected: 260,000
Sold: Target, Barnes & Noble, Sam’s Club and other stores nationwide, online at www.amazon.com and other websites, and at school bookfairs nationwide from March 2022 through August 2023
For more information: https://www.recallrtr.com/rr or (877) 206-1091
Nutraceutical Solaray Liposomal Multivitamins
The bottles are not child-resistant, which poses a potential poisoning risk to children who may swallow the vitamins. Consumers should immediately move the vitamins to a location out of reach of children. They may contact the company for instructions on how to dispose of the product, and to receive a product replacement with child-resistant packaging. They also may request a full refund.
Units affected: 85,300
Sold: Health food stores, including Natural Groceries by Vitamin Cottage, Sprouts Farmer’s Market, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, and Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market, and other stores nationwide from April 2022 through July 2023
For more information: https://solaray.com/pages/recall or (800) 227-6063
Pirelli Tire P ZERO Race TLR Bicycle Tires
Consumers could experience a rapid loss of air in the tires, due to the tire bead unseating from the rim. This could result in loss of control and a fall hazard. Consumers should stop using the tires and contact Pirelli for a free replacement product or a full refund.
Units affected: 14,500
Sold: Competitive Cyclist, Trek and Angry Catfish stores nationwide from March 2023 through July 2023
For more information: https://www.pirelli.com/tires/en-us/learn/tire-recall or (800) 622-2390
Rust-Oleum Fluorescent Pink Spray Paint
The spray valve assembly can detach with enough force to cause an impact injury. Consumers should stop using the paint, take a photo of the product and date code on the bottom of the can, and dispose of it in accordance with local requirements. Customers that submit information on the product and date code to the company will receive a full refund.
Units affected: 84,000
Sold: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, and hardware stores nationwide and online at amazon.com, homedepot.com and Lowes.com from April 2023 through July 2023
For more information: https://www.rustoleum.com/pages/recall-information-pink-marking-paint or (800) 908-4050
Shimano Cranksets for Bicycles
The crank parts can separate and break, which poses a crash injury hazard to users. There have been 4,519 incidents of the cranksets separating. The company has received reports of 6 injuries, including bone fractures, joint displacement, and lacerations. Consumers should contact an authorized Shimano dealer who will inspect the cranksets and replace those that show signs of bonding separation.
Units affected: 680,000
Sold: Bicycle stores nationwide from January 2012 through August 2023
For more information: https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/information/customer-services.html or (844) 776-0315
TJX Foldable Bistro Set Chairs
When someone is seated in these chairs, the wooden frame can break or collapse, posing a fall hazard. There have been 7 reports of chairs breaking/collapsing, including 4 instances of injuries. Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs. The company is offering a full refund. Customers may return the chairs to any HomeGoods, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx or Homesense store or contact the company online.
Units affected: 11,000
Sold: Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, and Homesense stores nationwide from March 2022 through June 2023
For more information: https://www.recallrtr.com/bistrochair or (800) 762-4177
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.