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March 25, 2014

Citing a shock and fire hazard, Ace Hardware is recalling the Ace Clamp-On LED Work Light, sold at Ace locations and other hardware stores between September and December 2013.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the cord bushing inside the light base has exhibited a tendency to fail, which allows the cord wiring to pull out of the base and expose bare wire.

No injuries have been reported.

February 13, 2014

MAT Industries is recalling its HDX and Powermate two-gallon air compressors due to reports of a shock hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the terminals of the pressure switch have demonstrated a tendency to come into contact with the motor housing and electrify the air compressors. No reports of injuries or incidents have been received.

The recall affects about 100,000 units in the U.S. and 7,000 in Canada.

January 16, 2014

RSI is recalling four models of Glacier Bay-branded bathroom medicine cabinets, sold exclusively at Home Depot between August and October of 2013.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the mirror on the back panel has demonstrated a tendency to fall out, posing an injury risk to consumers.

There have been two reported incidents of the mirror detaching and falling out, though no injuries have been reported.

December 26, 2013

South Deerfield, Mass.-based Yankee Candle is recalling a Candle Ring – Pine Berry product. The candle rings' synthetic foliage and berries are flammable, posing a fire hazard, according to an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The product was manufactured in China. No injuries or incidents were reported.

December 17, 2013

Seasonal Specialties is recalling approximately 1,800 units of pre-lit Christmas trees that were sold exclusively at Menards between September and November 2013.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission cited fire, burn and shock hazards due to a tendency for the tree's electrical components to overheat and melt.

Menards has received two reports of overheating, melting or smoking, though no injuries have been reported.

The product in question -- Twinkling Pine, sold under the Enchanted Forrest brand -- measures approximately 7.5 feet tall. 

November 20, 2013

Viking is recalling its built-in side-by-side refrigerator freezers with in-door dispensers after receiving 27 reports of electrical shorts, as well as four reports of fires.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the electrical connectors in the wiring harness have a tendency to overheat.

October 31, 2013

HeathCo of Bowling Green, Ky., is recalling its motion-activiated outdoor lights due to the possibility of electrical shock hazard. 

The internal fixture wiring can energize the entire surface and fittings of the fixture, posing an electrical shock hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

October 3, 2013

Citing multiple reports of overheating, fire damage and contact burns, Schneider Electric is recalling approximately 15 million of its SurgeArrest surge protectors.

August 16, 2013

Philips Lighting is recalling its Endura and Ambient dimmable LED bulbs due to defects in a lead wire within the bulb's housing, which can potentially pose a shock hazard.

The wire, which is ill-fitted, can electrify the entire lamp and shock the customer. No injuries have been reported.

The recall affects about 99,000 units of Endura 12-watt and Ambient 12.5-watt LED Dimmable bulbs.

July 26, 2013

Home Depot is recalling 107,000 units of Soleil portable fan heaters, after the product generated 464 melting-related reports. 

The plastic housing of the fan has displayed a tendency to melt and catch fire during use, though no injuries or property damage have been reported yet.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it's urging consumers to return them to Home Depot for a full refund.

July 25, 2013

Viking Range is expanding its previous recall of Viking built-in 36-in. wide refrigerators with bottom freezers, previously recalled in 2009 and recently renewed due to 39 additional reports of falling refrigerator doors.

Twelve of these reports involved bodily injury (fractures, bruises, strains and cuts), and 25 involved property damage. The 39 recent reports are in addition to the 57 that led to the initial recall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers with faulty doors to contact Viking for a free in-home repair.

July 17, 2013

After a low response rate to its initial recall, Sears has repeated its announcement to recall nearly 800,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers after new fires were reported.

May 10, 2013

Toro announced a recall of its 2012 and 2013 Toro Z Master Commercial 2000 Series ZRT riding mowers.

The mower’s idler pulley can rub against its fuel tank, posing a fire hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Toro has received six reports of incidents. No injuries have been reported.

February 8, 2013

Certain BlueStar residential gas wall ovens are the subject of a recall, according to an announcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Certain BlueStar residential gas wall ovens are the subject of a recall, according to an announcement Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

Some of the wall ovens have been improperly installed or have damaged flexible gas appliance connectors, posing a fire hazard, according to the CPSC. So far, no injuries have been reported, but the frm has received one report of a fire.

November 27, 2012

Cordless drills made in China sold at Harbor Freight Tools from April 2008 through May 2012 are the subject of a recall.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the black rigger switch of the Harbor Freight Tools Cordless Drills can wear down over time and allow for metal to make contact with other metal, causing an overheating or burn hazard.

The product has a 19.2-volt rechargeable battery pack.

November 26, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall notice for Master Forge Gas Grills, a $270 product sold at Lowe’s from November 2011 through May 2012.

If improperly installed, the hose connecting the gas tank and regulator to the burner control can touch the burner box and cause the hose to melt and rupture when the grill is lit. This poses a fire and burn hazard. 

June 20, 2012

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of two mounted lighting fixtures, one an indoor ceiling fixture and the other an outdoor lantern. 

September 16, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), in its final report on tainted drywall, has issued a set of updated recommendations that may lower the cost of remediation for some homeowners.

The updated remediation guidance is based on studies just completed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on potential long term corrosion effects of problem drywall on gas piping, fire sprinkler heads, and smoke alarms. 

September 16, 2011

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., is re-issuing a recall on dehumidifiers that have already caused more than $1 million in property damage. The recall involves 30-pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands. 

September 16, 2011

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., is re-issuing a recall on dehumidifiers that have already caused more than $1 million in property damage. The recall involves 30-pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands. 

July 24, 2011

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Homelite Consumer Products, the 15-in. Homelite Surface Cleaner attachment for pressure washers can break, causing a laceration hazard. 

According to a notice on the Homelite website, "The nozzle can detach from the spray bar and eject from the product housing, posing a laceration hazard to consumers." Only the 15-in. single walled surface cleaner attachments with hexagonal brass colored nozzles are affected by the voluntary recall.

July 24, 2011

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Homelite Consumer Products, the 15-in. Homelite Surface Cleaner attachment for pressure washers can break, causing a laceration hazard. 

According to a notice on the Homelite website, "The nozzle can detach from the spray bar and eject from the product housing, posing a laceration hazard to consumers." Only the 15-in. single walled surface cleaner attachments with hexagonal brass colored nozzles are affected by the voluntary recall.

July 8, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Lowe’s and its import division, LG Sourcing, has issued a recall notice for approximately 20,000 electric log splitters sold nationwide from January 2008 through March 2011.

June 7, 2011

An article in Consumer Reports highlighting Home Safety Month listed the top injuries that occur to homeowners doing home repairs, remodeling, yard work and other projects. Citing statistics from the Home Safety Council, the magazine reported that one in five consumers will need medical attention this year, as 43 million homeowners tackle 57 million home improvement projects. 

May 5, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSP), in cooperation with importer One World Technologies of Anderson, S.C., is recalling approximately 300,000 Ryobi 1/4th sheet sanders due to a risk of injury. 

Pieces of the fan can break off from the fan assembly and be ejected from the product, posing a laceration hazard to consumers, the CPSC announcement said. 

The firm has received 31 reports of broken fan pieces being ejected from the sander, including two reports of minor lacerations.