The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission keeps track of recalls of products that present a danger to the consumer. This is because the Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with “protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products.” Consumer product incidents cost more than $1 trillion each year. Some of the recent recalls include products you may have on your gift list this holiday season. Here is a list of recent product recalls for your consideration.
On December 6, 2016, Target recalled a menorah. This Hanukkah menorah is clear acrylic with a pyramid design. It is 1.2 inches wide, 2.3 inches high and 10.5 inches long. The model number is on a round white label found on the side of the menorah and is 240-14-0169. There have been eight reports of the menorah melting. There have also been three reports of fires. This menorah has been sold only at Target between October and December of 2015 (note: 2015!). Consumers should stop using the menorah, and return it to Target for a full refund. Consumers can also call 800-440-0680 or go to www.target.com, and click on the “school/stationery/seasonal” on the product recalls page for more information.
VIVID Red Wine Crush Gift Boxes
On December 7, 2016, Schurman Retail Group recalled their VIVID Red Wine Crush Gift Boxes. The boxes come in size small (4 x 4 x 4) and size medium (5 x 5 x 5). These boxes present a hazard in that mold may be present in the boxes. This can pose a risk of infections, including respiratory infections in people with damaged lungs, compromised immune systems, or an allergy to mold. There have been nine reports of irritation based on contact with the product. These boxes were sold for between $5 and $7 in October of 2016. Consumers should stop using the boxes and return them to Paper Destiny, PAPYRUS, or Carlton Cards Stores for a full refund. Consumers can also call 855-730-7998 or go online at www.papyrusonline.com and click on the “recall Information” button.
On December 8, 2016, Yankee Candle recalled their Luminous Candle Collection. This product is a candle in a square glass jar. The candles have a fragrant wax and three wicks. The candles are about five inches high and four inches wide. There have been 16 reports of the glass jars cracking. To date, no injuries have been reported. Consumers should take two steps: First, they should stop using the recalled candles immediately; second, they should contact Yankee Candle to receive a refund for their purchase. Consumers can call 877-803-6890 or go online at www.yankeecandle.com and click on their “Luminous Candle Collection: Safety Notice” link.
Masterbuilt and Cabela 7 in 1 Gas Smoker
The 7 in 1 gas smoker comes in green or stainless steel when accompanied by the Cabela’s logo, and black with the Masterbuilt logo. It has a three piece body design, with a lid, a base that sits on a burner stand, and a center body. The smoker comes with a water bowl, cooking grates, thermometer, a burner, a 10 quart pot and basket, a porcelain flame disk bowl, and a PVC hose. There have been five reports that the PVC gas hose becomes disconnected during use. There has been at least one report of fire with property damage. There have been no reports of injuries to date. This product has been sold at the Gander Mountain, Army, Air Force Exchange, Cabela’s, and other stores across the country. The gas smoker has also been sold on Amazon between April of 2011 and October of 2016. Consumers should stop using the smoker immediately, until they get the free replacement part from Masterbuilt. Consumers should contact Masterbuilt at 800-489-1581 or go to www.masterbuilt.com, click “support” and then “contact” to obtain a free replacement for the LP gas hose.
Barnett Outdoors Crossbows
On December 8, 2016, Barnett Outdoors issued a recall for six models of Barnett Crossbows. The crossbows at issue include the Barnett Ghost 415 Monochrome, the Barnett Ghost 415 Mossy Oak, the Browning One Six Two, the Barnett One Six One, the Barnett Razr Ice, and the Barnett Razr. The crossbows all have their names printed on either the side or the front of the crossbow. There have been three reports of unexpected firing of these crossbows. There has been one report of injury. This is attributable to a failure of a sensor. The sensor is designed to sense when an arrow is properly loaded in the crossbow. This sensor may malfunction, which leads to the unexpected firing. The crossbows have been sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shops, and Cabela’s, as well as other retailers. The crossbows have also been sold by dealers nationwide. These crossbows were sold between April and November of 2016, with a price range between $800 to $1600. Consumers should immediately stop using the crossbows until they obtain a replacement sensor from Barnett Outdoors. The replacement trigger and sensor are free. Consumers should call 800-237-4907 or go online at www.barnettcrossbows.com and click on “crossbow recall.”
What to Do If You Have Sustained an Injury Involving a Consumer Product
If you have been injured by a product that you either purchased or received as a gift, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you have lost a loved one due to a product failing to perform as advertised, performing in a way that was not expected, or otherwise contributed to their death, you may also be entitled to compensation for your loss.
Contact the dedicated personal injury attorneys in Ft. Lauderdale at Madalon Law to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case. There is no charge for a consultation. If we determine that you may have a legitimate claim, there is no charge for our representation unless we recover compensation for your injuries or loss. Because there are specific time limits that govern when we can file a lawsuit, do not delay. Contact us today!