The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a federal agency responsible for protecting consumers from thousands of different types of products. Similar to how the FDA and CDC are responsible for monitoring and reporting on tainted food and drugs, the CPSC reports on a wide variety of household products ranging from light fixtures to power tools. Many of these products are recalled because they pose a threat to children. Our team of child safety lawyers want parents and guardians to have this information at their fingertips. Unfortunately, news of these recalls does not always reach parents in time. This is a short synopsis of child safety products recalled and reported on by the CPSC over the past several weeks.
Self-Balancing Scooters, aka Hoverboards
Over half a million self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as hoverboards, have been recalled for risk of starting fires and causing burn injuries. These are two-wheeled devices powered by lithium-ion battery packs. There have been at least 99 reported instances of the batteries starting to smoke, spark, catching fire, and/or exploding. In July, a house fire in central Minnesota, that killed 4 dogs and injured a woman, was determined to be caused by a malfunctioning hoverboard. Recalled units have been sold under several different brand names by different retailers. For a complete list of all the recalled hoverboard brands, their manufactures,and retailers visit the recall CPSC site here.
BYA Sports Hammocks
Bring Your Adventure (BYA) is recalling 760+ hammocks for risk of fall. The welded metal ring can fail, causing the user to fall. Thus far, no serious injuries have been reported. The recalled hammocks are 12 feet by 6.5 feet and are made of nylon and were sold in colors blue and orange. The UPC bar codes are printed on the merchandising card attached to the hammock. The recalled codes include: 7456112010186 (orange) and 7456112010193 (blue). The products were sold at Gander Mountain stores nationwide, and online at amazon.com, dicksportinggoods.com, promotive.com and target.com from January 2015 through March 2016.
Lorex Video Baby Monitor
Over 26,000 baby monitors have been recalled due to burn hazard. The Lorex Care N’ Share baby video monitors are being recalled because the batteries can overheat and swell causing the cover to pop off and can burn users. Thus far there have 488 reports of swelling batteries, thankfully no resulting injuries. Recalled units have model numbers WL3520, WL4320 and WL3401. The units were sold from May 2013- April 2016 at several retailers including Babies “R” Us, B&H, Best Buy, The Home Depot, and Walmart. They were also sold online.
Cinmar World Magnetic Travel Maps
The maps are being recalled because the magnets can be ingested and cause damage to internal organs when two or more are swallowed. Young children are apt to put magnet markers in their mouths and may accidentally swallow them. Magnets in the intestines can stick to other magnets in the intestinal tract and cause proliferation, sepsis, or death. The magnetic parts of the map should be stored out of reach of children until they can be recycled. The recalled maps are of the world, measuring 54 inches wide and 36 inches tall and come with 50 magnetic markers. The maps affected by this recall have the packaging number 145684. They were sold at frontgate.com from October 2016 – March 2016 for about $225.
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