Recalls and Announcements
Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire
March 21, 2018 - Kidde recently recalled 452,000 smoke alarms in the U.S. due to a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process which can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke. Models PI2010 (AC/hardwired) and PI9010 (battery) manufactured between September 10, 2016 and October 13, 2017 were recalled. Check your smoke detectors, and follow the instructions in the graphic if yours are included in the recall! Learn more.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported
November 2, 2017 - The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. Learn more.
CPSC Issues Recall on Ningbo Litesun Electric/Home Depot Outlet Converters
October 12, 2017 - In cooperation with the CPSC, Ningbo Litesun Electric and Home Depot are recalling about 42,000 outlet converters due to shock and fire hazard. The recall indicates that the outlet converters' front outlet prongs are not configured correctly, resulting in reverse polarity when plugs are inserted, posing shock and fire hazards. Sold from February 2017 through July 2017, Ningbo Litesun Electric and Home Depot have received one report of a consumer who was shocked while using an outlet converter. The model recalled was eligible to bear the cULus Listing Mark. The recall can be viewed here.
CPSC Issues Recall on Ryobi Electric Jet Fan Blowers
March 14, 2017 - In cooperation with the CPSC and Health Canada, One World Technologies is recalling 121,000 Ryobi Electric Jet Fan Blowers. The recall indicates that the plastic fan inside the blower can break causing the fan blades to be discharged from either end of the blower tube, posing a laceration hazard. Sold from December 2015 through December 2016, One World has received 10,681 reports of incidents, including 25 reports of minor injuries, such as lacerations to the face, hands and legs from fan blade pieces being discharged from either end of the blower. No property damage has been reported. Learn more.
NFPA Issues Fire Safety Warning on Hover Boards
December 16, 2015 – Citing media coverage of several recent fire incidents, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today issued a series of safety tips urging hover board owners to read product guidelines and be aware of potential fire hazards when using these trendy devices.
“It seems hover boards are the hottest holiday gifts on the planet this year. But a number of media outlets reported fire incidents are cause for caution to avoid Christmas wishes going up in smoke,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. Part toy, part transportation, the self-balancing scooters first seen in the movie Back to the Future, can pose a fire risk.
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