Spring is here already and summertime is just around the corner. With the warm weather and the end of the school year near, children will most certainly head outdoors to play. Families will gather outside to get their lawns ready for those summertime barbecues. What many don’t realize is that danger may lurk where you least expect it. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has compiled a list of the recent summertime products that have been recalled.
It is extremely important for consumers to review the list below to see whether you and your family are at risk. Being in the know and taking the necessary precautions can help prevent avoidable injuries from occurring.
Outdoor Play Equipment:
*Adventure Playsets Wooden Swing Sets
The manufacturer along with the CPSC voluntarily recalled approximately 240,000 units of this product that were sold across the nation since 2005 in Walmart, Toys-R-Us, Mills, and Menards. Hundreds of complaints have been filed with one reported incidence of a fall. The identified defect is the wood in the posts becomes weakened due to rotting. This poses a hazard of falling. Consumers are urged to stop using the swing sets and contact the Manufacturer, Adventure Playsets of Pittsburg, Kansas. A free repair kit with instructions will be issued.
*Playsafe Dartmouth Swing Set
In cooperation with the CPSC, Pacific Cycle of Madison, Wisconsin voluntary recalled about 5,500 units of their metal swing sets that were sold exclusively at Toys-R-Us throughout 2011. The sling style swing seats pose a risk of falling due to the premature cracking and splitting of the seats. Owners are advised to stop using the swings and contact the company. Free replacement seats will be issued.
The Slalom Glider is a 6-foot high plastic curved slide that was manufactured in the United States by Landscape Structures Inc. of Delano, Minnesota. About 900 units were sold across the nation to facilities requiring playground equipment as well as to schools between the years 2006 and 2011. The slide does not have a platform on the top making the transition from the ladder to the slide dangerous. Also, the slide lacks sides on the downward chute. Both of these design flaws pose a hazard of falling. There have been 16 reports of injuries including fractures and both external and internal bruising. Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the equipment. The company will replace the glider with a different piece of equipment, issue a refund, or give store credit towards a later purchase.
*Disney Fairies Racing Trikes
Sold across the nation from July 2009 through December 2009 in Target stores, the plastic riding toy has small plastic rotating figures extending up from the handlebars. If a child would fall on the figurines, a risk of getting lacerated exists. Kiddieland Toys Limited headquartered in Scituate, Massachusetts, recalled about 12,000 trikes. One report of a facial laceration was noted. Consumers are advised to stop using the product and contact the company. A new handlebar where the figures are enclosed will be distributed.
*Build-A-Bear Inflatable Inner Tube
Consumers should stop using the Build-A-Bear swimwear set with inflatable inner tube due to a risk of strangulation. An incident of a small child pulling the inner tube over her head was reported. Build-A-Bear Workshop of St. Louis issued the voluntary recall in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada. The product was sold nationwide in stores and online from April 2011 to August 2011. The recall included 19,720 units in this country and 1,100 in Canada. Consumers will receive a $5.00 coupon to be used in the store if they return the inner tube to the store.
Patio and Yard Items:
*Uni-O Portable Gas Grill
About 4,530 of the O-Grill portable gas grills were recalled due to a risk of fire and burn injuries. The grill’s regulator has the potential to leak gas, which can ignite putting consumers at risk of serious injury. The grills come in several different colors and have the words “O-Grill” on the grill lid. The recalled models were sold from November 2008 through December 2010 at LL Bean, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillards, REI, Walgreens, and BBQD. The manufacturer, Uni-O Industries Corporation of Xiamen, China, will issue a free replacement grill.
A voluntary recall of grass trimmers was made earlier this year and involved about 14,000 units in the United States and 3,600 units in Canada. The American Honda Motor Company of Torrance, California manufactured the product that poses a risk of lacerations to the individual using the product as well as persons in the nearby vicinity. A risk of the shaft cracking causing the attachment that has the cutting instruments on it to detach exists. Although the company has not received any reports of injuries, 11 incidents of the shaft cracking or breaking have been noted. The trimmers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers from 2006 to 2012. Consumers need to contact the dealer for an appointment to have their grass trimmer examined and repaired if needed.
About 2.5 million bottles and cans of gel fuel have been recalled because of a hazard of fire and burns exist. If the gel is poured into a firepot that is still ignited, it can splatter and ignite. People and nearby objects are at risk of a potentially fatal injury. The gel fuel, which is bottled under multiple names and distributed by numerous manufacturers, was sold in stores and online. Many incidents have been reported with injuries consisting of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns being included. Consumers have been warned to stop using the products and return them to the retail stores. Consumers can also contact a facility that specializes in dealing with hazardous waste disposal. It is important to review all the specifics of this recall on the Consumer and Product Safety Commission’s website because of the many different manufacturers involved.
Westinghouse Lighting Corporation of Philadelphia Pennsylvania recently announced a voluntary recall of approximately 7,000 ceiling fans. Although the company has not been informed of any accidents or injuries, a risk of fire and shock is present for consumers. The fans come packaged with two 60-watt light bulbs that exceed the maximum safe wattage. Five different models are involved in the recall. The products were sold across the country in hardware stores, home improvements retailers, home centers, and electrical supply stores. In addition, the fans were sold online through the amazon website. All products were sold from January 2011 through January 2012. Consumers are advised to contact Westinghouse Lighting to obtain the correct wattage light bulbs.
As New Jersey and Philadelphia product liability lawyers, we’ve represented hundreds of clients injured by household products. We encourage you to make sure that the products mentioned above are not in your garage, shed, or backyard. These products, which are considered dangerous and defective, carry a risk of injury to you and your family. We believe that the manufacturers of such products need to be held accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured by using one of the recalled products mentioned above or any other defective product, contact the product liability attorneys at Messa & Associates. We are experienced at handling all types of lawsuits involving defective products. We fight to protect our client’s rights and secure the financial compensation that is rightfully deserved. To discuss a potential claim, contact one of our experienced Philadelphia product liability lawyers for a free and confidential consultation. Call Messa & Associates at 1-877-MessaLaw (1-877-637-7252) or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More