LG Air Conditioner. This one goes out to all you lucky people who live somewhere on the continent where it doesn’t snow—or maybe such a place doesn’t exist anymore.
In any event, nearly half a million LG portable air conditioners are being recalled – just in time for Christmas – of course! Why, you ask? Funny thing, they can catch fire and cause property damage, burn down your house, maybe your neighbor’s, if the fire department doesn’t arrive in time, and possibly worse. You get the picture.
I would say that’s a defect in the design, particularly given the idea is to cool down the surrounding environment – not cause a fire that could be seen from space.
Apparently, LG has received four reports of fires that have caused a whopping $380,000 in property damage. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.
Here’s the skinny: the recall involves “about 466,000 (In addition, 36,000 were sold in Canada)”. There are three models of 7,000 and 8,000 BTU LG portable air conditioners including model numbers LP0711WNR, LP0813WNR, and LP0814WNR. The air conditioners are tan/white with the LG logo on the front. They measure about 30 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 14 inches deep and weigh 50 pounds. The model number is located on the product’s left side panel.
Got all that? If you own one of these defective LG air conditioners, the company is offering to provide a free repair at an authorized service center. See the recall notice at the Consumer Product Safety Commission for more info.
They were sold at Home Depot and other stores nationwide from February 2011 through August 2016 for between $250 and $280.
Qbit Stroller. There’s another recall worth mentioning – this one goes out to all new parents who trustingly invested in an Aria Child Qbit Stroller. Say that after a couple of rum and eggnogs, I dare you.
Apparently, the strollers have a defect that effectively means you, or possibly your child, could suffer a cut hand or broken wrist. Now that could really ruin your day, not to mention your child’s.
Aria Child has received five reports of consumers being pinched by the stroller hinge mechanism resulting in four consumers needing stitches for cuts. In addition, there were 71 reports of the stroller unexpectedly folding during use, resulting in 12 minor bumps or bruises to a child or caregiver and one fractured wrist and elbow to an adult due to a fall.
These strollers sound more like they’re possessed than defective.
Here’s the relevant info – the gb Qbit lightweight stroller is meant for children up to 50 pounds. The recalled strollers have 4 sets of two wheels, a five-point harnessed restraint system, a full-sized reclining seat, a storage basket, a removable cup holder and a travel storage bag. It sounds better equipped than most hotel rooms. Oh – the strollers can also be used as a travel system with infant carriers. Probably not a good idea at this point.
Here’s the skinny… “The strollers are mostly black with an accent color. “ (Mostly?- Who knows.) The “gb” red box logo is printed on the harness and on both sides of the stroller legs and “Qbit” is printed in white on the stroller legs. The model number and date of manufacture are printed on a sticker on the rear leg of the stroller, directly above the wheels, next to the storage basket. For a list of model numbers – check out the recall notice at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Not surprisingly, consumers are being advised to immediately stop using the recalled strollers. Good advice. If you’re interested, you can contact Aria Child for a free replacement stroller.
FYI – they were sold at Babies R US and other retail stores nationwide and Albeebaby.com, Amazon.com, Dmartstores.com, Medbroad.com and other online retailers from May 2015 through November 2016 for about $180.
Exciting stuff… let’s hope they’re not under a Christmas tree near your this year.
And on that note – Happy Holidays everyone!
Wouldn’t want to be in shipping and receiving for this recall. Cuisinart is recalling “about 8 million” food processors, and a further 300,000 in Canada, because it can slice and dice your tongue and teeth in addition to the fruit and veg.
It seems that the food processor’s riveted blade can crack over time and small, metal pieces of the blade can break off into the processed food. As the Consumer Protection Safety Agency so eloquently puts it, “This poses a laceration hazard to consumers.”
Not a great deal more you need to add to that, really. After all, there’s not much grey area in chewing blades and cutting you mouth. As some 30 people who have reported cutting their mouths and injuring their teeth can no doubt attest to. Imagine asking your guests, “How’s the Hummus?” Yeah, ok—let’s not go there.
Apparently, Conair has received 69 reports of consumers finding broken pieces of the blade in processed food, including those 30 reports of mouth lacerations or tooth injuries. And of course, those terrible horror movies from the seventies come to mind, for those of you old enough to remember. Think Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its ilk, for example. It’s the foodie version… (Although chasing someone around the house with a food processor doesn’t quite have the same impact as a chain saw. I digress.)
In case you’re wondering, as most people would, if you own one of these defective food processors, the relevant information is thus:
“This recall involves the riveted blades in Cuisinart food processors with model numbers that begin with the following: CFP-9, CFP-11, DFP-7, DFP-11, DFP-14, DLC-5, DLC-7, DLC-8, DLC-10, DLC-XP, DLC-2007, DLC-2009, DLC-2011, DLC-2014, DLC-3011, DLC-3014, EV-7, EV-10, EV-11, EV-14, KFP-7 and MP-14. The model number is located on the bottom of the food processor. The blades have four rivets and are silver-colored stainless steel and have a beige plastic center hub. Only food processors with four rivets in the blades are included in this recall. Cuisinart is printed on the front and on the bottom of the food processors.” (CPSC.gov/recalls)
You can contact Cuisinart toll-free at 877-339-2534 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday or online at www.cuisinart.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information. Apparently, Cuisinart is offering replacement blades. Think I would give that some serious consideration.
The food processors were sold at department, gourmet and specialty stores nationwide and on various websites from July 1996 through December 2015 for between $100 and $350. They were distributed by Conair Corp., of Stamford, CT, owner of the Cuisinart brand, and made in China.
Think I’ll ask Santa for a good set of kitchen knives.
Interesting recall recently—a wireless personal panic device that fails to panic when you need it to. In fact, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission report, the device can fail to operate altogether in times of crisis, so it “fails” to send a signal to the security system to which it is presumably linked, in case of an emergency. That certainly sounds helpful.
The description is very polite and clearly not meant to cause panic “The wireless personal panic devices can fail to operate, which could result in the device not communicating with the security system if activated in the event of an emergency.” You practically have to read this sentence twice to get the drift. Not alarming at all. (pardon the pun).
So what’s the deal? Does it freeze with fear? Major crises are not in its contract? Who knows. Suffice to say it’s all quite worrying, really. In fact, it could be enough to send you clean over the edge if you’re having or about to have a crisis. It’s also enough to send anyone who purchased one of these for an elderly relative into a state of serious concern. Not good. There you are—or your loved one—in the dark, alone, no way to get to a phone, or contact a passerby or neighbor and the device you purchased in good faith to support you this time of crisis goes: “ah, NO, sorry—not my job.” You can imagine, knowing how completely absorbing all this wearable technology is, that should this thing fail when you need it, you could become more obsessed by trying to get it to work than by the actual event that should have triggered its response.
Never mind the burglar, the chest pain, the mudslide, the 10 car pile-up on your front lawn, the creek that’s turned to class five rapids in your back yard—whatever it may be—the wrist-mounted Interlink device is giving the silent treatment or some kind of error message. And you’re wondering, “did I charge it properly—did I charge it at all? What if I turn it off then on again, or shake it? Oh, but now it won’t turn off, why is it so slow…no wait—there it goes. OMG—why is it so slow?”
Then your thought process is interrupted by the other reality. The emergency. Oh yeah, forgot about that. But maybe distraction is helpful? In any event, there you are in the dark, cold, silence. Just you, and your worthless, wireless personal panic device and the crisis, which presumably is now in full unfold mode. And you didn’t notice.
What are you going to do? Summon the Force? Wait and see if anyone comes? Hope someone else called 911?
Don’t panic—at least there’s the recall, and the fix. If you own one of these Interlogix® wireless personal panic devices, and apparently 67,000 of these devices have been sold across the U.S., the recommendation is that “Consumers should immediately contact their professional security system installer or monitoring company for a free inspection of their personal panic device and a free replacement device for those that fail inspection.” Probably best not to do this immediately—you might want to finish the crisis at hand before embarking on a new one with customer service.
Consumers should contact: Interlogix® at 800-394-4988 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.interlogix.com and click on Customer Service for more information. These devices were sold, through professional security installers and distributors nationwide from May 2014 through January 2016 for about $35 to $50.
No…wanted to go up actually. But who pays attention to those details, up, down, whatever—I usually get in for the ride before I realize the direction I’m going in—not a great metaphor for life but I digress.
To get to the point (good luck with that), there’s been an elevator recall. Don’t panic if you’re reading this on your way up to your office on the 35th floor. The recall involves residential elevators fitted with electro mechanical door locks. I believe the lingo is EMDLs. Guess what—they don’t work. The locks, not the elevators.
Apparently, the plastic locks can “allow” the landing door to open before the elevator car arrives, “posing a serious fall hazard to consumers attempting to board the elevator.” Allow? So locks can think now? What are the criteria upon which the locks make the decision to open—they don’t like the way you’re dressed? You or your progeny punched all the buttons on your last ride? Enquiring minds want to know.
Back to the recall, I believe the CPSC is attempting to warn people like myself who just move forward when the doors open, not paying attention to direction—as previously stated, or whether or not the elevator is even there. Details, right?
So to put this in context, you’ve pressed the button and now you’re back to your Pokemon Go thing when the outer door to the elevator opens. You are, quite reasonably, assuming that you’re going up to the 2nd floor, when in fact you are going to be taking a quick and potentially catastrophic slip and fall kind of move—without the elevator. All thanks to the EMDLs. (Wanted to use that).
The CPSC is advising, as a remedy, that “Consumers should immediately stop using elevators equipped with the electro mechanical door locks and contact their elevator service company to have the plastic locks replaced with metal parts.” Good advice. For those of us who read these things. I can’t help but wonder how they found out the locks weren’t working properly in the first place?
So far, Porta, the EMDLs manufacturer, has received two reports of lock failure. No injuries have been reported—remarkably. Or perhaps the bodies haven’t been discovered yet? Granny’s missing…but who would think to check the elevator shaft? On reflection, this does sort of have the makings of a Stephen King horror film. Remember “The Shining”?
And for your information, this is no minor recall—there’s 60,000 defective (or empowered, depending on how you want to interpret it) EMDLs out there.
Here’s the CPSC information: “This recall involves all residential elevators with plastic electro mechanical door locks. The EMDLs are installed as part of a complete residential elevator system. Locks included in this recall have a plastic generation 1, 2, 3 or 4 latch and keeper attached to the upper corner on the elevator side of each landing door. A UL or ETL label affixed to the bottom of the EMDL box has “Porta Inc.” printed on it.”
In case you have one of these EMDLs installed, the CPSC advises that “Consumers should contact their elevator service company. Consumers can also contact Porta Inc, toll-free at 844-719-9037 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday or online at www.emiporta.com and click on “Important Product Safety Notice” for more information. Consumers also can email the firm at email@example.com.
They were sold through elevator manufacturers nationwide from January 2005 through December 2011 for between $20,000 and $40,000. Wow. Wonder what the fix is going to cost…
Better start paying attention—a good metaphor for life.
There’s a recall this week—about a mist diffuser from Nu Skin that apparently spreads mold—in addition to whatever it was designed to diffuse in the first place (presumably something to improve your appearance and general well-being).
Sounds kind of serious, and not a little ironic. And, come to think of it, not terribly unique. Products that harm instead of help are among the most common, if not the most common subject of lawsuits and recalls, particularly when they involve products that cause damage to a person’s health and well-being. Some of these are obvious, and others not so much. Medical products, drugs, hair products, those kinds of things come to mind.
I have to admit, I would never have suspected the possibility of mold from a mister—but then again—why not? Perhaps I should have, as increasingly it seems, consumers must educate themselves about the products they are buying, rather than relying on the manufacturer to provide accurate and in some cases truthful information. Parmesan cheese advertised as 100% parmesan cheese when it contains as much as 7% wood pulp, would be one example. Hey—who doesn’t like a little wood pulp with the Spag Boll?
But—there’s a line between deliberately misleading the consumer and genuinely getting it wrong. I find it hard to imagine that diffusers were designed to spread mold. But then, I’m not a conspiracy theorist, even though I can’t really be sure what the intended purpose is/was of these things, except the obvious: to make money for their manufacturers. Guess that has gone all rather horribly pear shaped.
The misters sold for around $170 per unit. Not cheap. According to the recall, as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) “Mold can develop on the product, posing a health risk to individuals with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mold.” So, for just under $200 you can develop respiratory problems that may require medical care. Without leaving the comfort of your own home.
You can imagine—coughing incessantly—and not for a moment suspecting the mister.
Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., of Provo, Utah sold about 44,000 of these pretty little things in the US, with a further 4,800 sold in Canada and 400 in Mexico.
FYI—the recall involves Nu Skin Epoch mist diffusers. The diffuser is a plastic bowl with a glass lid and bamboo trim ring, used to diffuse essential oils. “Nu Skin” is engraved in the bamboo on the side of the product. The white and tan diffusers are 6.5 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches in height. The recalled lot numbers are PZ11351, PZ17051, PZ21551, PZ03151 and PZ03451. The lot number is printed on the white plastic on the bottom of the product. The misters were sold exclusively online by www.nuskin.com from January 2015 through March 2016.
No injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC, but that’s hardly surprising, because a) who would suspect; and b) how would you prove it?
Consumers are being advised to immediately stop using the recalled mist diffusers and contact Nu Skin for instructions to inspect the product for mold and for a free replacement mist diffuser if mold is identified.
Nu Skin is reportedly contacting purchasers of the product directly. Hope the letters don’t get lost in the mail…