After receiving more than 100 reports of serious burn injuries, HSN (formerly the Home Shopping Network) is recalling 5.4 million handheld clothing steamers. According to a notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall affects steamers sold under the names “Joy/JM-branded My Little Steamer” and “My Little Steamer Go Mini.” The steamers were sold online and through the HSN television network, as well as at various retailers including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Lowes, and Walmart from January 2002 to December 2020. Sold individually or as combination sets, the steamers came in a variety of colors, including black, white, red, purple, and teal.
The steamers use hot steam emitted from a nozzle head (with either a triangular or flat shape) to remove wrinkles from clothes and other fabrics. As of May 26, 2021, HSN received 227 reports of hot water spraying or leaking from the steamers, including 106 reports of serious burn injuries. There were eight reports of second-degree burns and six reports of third-degree burns.
Burn hazard has been a problem for HSN My Little Steamer products before
In 2017, a class action lawsuit on behalf of California consumers was filed against HSN, Ingenious Designs, and Joy Mangano, alleging that the My Little Steamer products are defective. The lawsuit claimed that HSN and the other defendants continued to market the products while they knew about the defects, which include leaking, spewing boiling water, and melting the plastic housing. According to the lawsuit, HSN filmed a commercial in 2016 where staff and models were burned from My Little Steamer products spewing hot steam and repeatedly leaking.
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