Content about U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

March 7, 2014

Packaging Tape Inc. recalled air movers due to a fire hazard, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced yesterday.

The CleanFreak.com air mover/blower's thermal switch can fail and cause the motor to overheat, posing a fire hazard. The products are used to dry floors in commercial and residential buildings.

December 5, 2013

Gas-fired hot water boilers from Crown Boiler Co. are the subject of a recall, according to an announcent from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to the announcement, the air pressure switch can fail to shut down the burners, allowing the boiler to emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

December 5, 2013

Robert Adler was named acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to fill a position vacated by former chairman Inez Tenenbaum. 

Adler joined the CPSC, an agency that exerts tremendous influence over the consumer packaged goods and retail industries, in 2009 when he was appointed by president Barack Obama. Prior to his appointment Adler served on the Obama Transition Team and and co-authored a report on the CPSC for the administration.

September 13, 2013

Gree Electric Appliances of China is recalling 12 brands of dehumidifiers due to serious fire and burn hazards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC).

The announcement cited 165 incident reports, including 46 fires and $2.15 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers, according to the recall announcement. 

April 26, 2013

Citing an electric shock hazard due to defective wiring, chandeliers made in China are being recalled.

Currey & Company of Chico, Calif., announced a recall of 10 models of its chandeliers.

Defective wiring can conduct electricity to the Chinese-made chandeliers' metal parts, posing an electric shock hazard to consumers, according to a release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

April 11, 2013

The recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported.

The CE Tech 1,000 ft. Riser Cable sold at Home Depot is being recalled, according to an announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The riser cable does not meet fire-resistance standards for riser cable, posing a fire hazard, according to the announcement. No injuries have been reported. 

Home Depot stores nationwide sold the Chinese-made product from January 2013 through February 2013 for about $100. 

January 3, 2013

An egg incubator sold at certain farm and ranch retailers and manufactured by Houghton, Iowa-based Hawkeye Steel Products' Brower divison is being recalled.

The base can ignite during use, posing a fire hazard to the consumer, according to a release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported, but Brower received three reports of fires, resulting in property damage.

December 12, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a research collaboration effort to assess any potential impacts of nanomaterials on people’s health and the environment. Nanomaterials are very small particles that are about 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair appear in many household products ranging from clothing to building materials.

November 7, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Lowe’s, has recalled approximately 37,000 Master Forge gas grills due to potential fire and burn hazards. The products were made by Guangdong Vanward Electric of China and imported by LG Sourcing, of North Wilkesboro, N.C.

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.

October 4, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the General Electric Company (GE) have announced a voluntary recall of 62,000 GE Profile front-load washing machines.

The appliances were manufactured between April 2008 and October 2010 and were sold in white, red, and gold colors.

August 29, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Sherwin-Williams, announced a voluntary recall of Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze and Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Crystal Clear Acrylic Paint.

The aerosol canister can leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers if the can is stored near a source of ignition.

August 12, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the General Electric Company (GE) have announced a voluntary recall of 1.3 million Hotpoint, GE and GE Profile, GE Eterna and GE Adora plastic tub dishwashers, manufactured between March 2006 through July 2006, and November 2006 through April 2008.  

Though no injuries have been reported, an electrical failure in certain dishwasher’s can cause a fire hazard. GE has received 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage.

July 11, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Robert Bosch Tool Corp., is recalling select models of the SKIL miter SkilSaw, a 10-in. compound miter saw. The lower guard on the tool can break and contact the blade during use, posing a laceration hazard to users. The firm has received no reports of incidents or injuries, however.

Approximately 22,149 units of the product, which was manufactured in China, were sold at Lowe's nationwide and OC Tanner from January 2012 to April 2012.

July 3, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Delta Electronics (Dongguan) Co., of China, is recalling approximately 68,000 bathroom exhaust fans. Sold exclusively at Lowe’s under the Harbor Breeze Bath Fans with Heater and Light, the fan’s heater blades can fail to rotate properly, causing the product to overheat and posing a fire hazard.

June 25, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and its Canadian equivalent, Health Canada, have announced a voluntary recall of Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System Units, made by Flushmate of New Hudson, Mich., a division of Sloan Valve Co.

April 24, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Irwin Industrial Tool Co., has issued a voluntary recall of a promotional 10-inch circular saw blade 3-pack due to laceration hazard posed by defection packaging. 

Irwin has received three reports of the saw blades falling out of the bottom of the packaging. No injuries were reported.

The products, manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide from approximately October 2011 through November 2011 for $40. Approximately 55,260 were purchased. 

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.

May 9, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Kohler Co. of Kohler, Wis., has recalled 10,000 lawn tractors sold under the Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt and Husqvarna brands because of the possibility of injuries to users.

A wire connector on the lawn tractors’ engine can become disconnected, causing the operator's seat switch to fail. When this happens, the blades will not shut down, posing a laceration hazard to consumer.

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. 

April 26, 2011

 

Some 23,000 Toro Power Clear snowblowers and another 6,200 or so 20-inch Recycler mowers are being recalled.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Toro announced a voluntary recall of the products because the carburetors develop fuel leaks and can ignite when exposed to an ignition source, posing a fire or burn hazard.

No fires or injuries have been reported, but there have been about 500 reports of carburetor leaks. 

March 18, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued updatedremediation protocol” on March 18 to consumers and contractors dealing with problem drywall. 

March 9, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall of "Garden Treasures Living" steel outdoor fireplaces made by Sunjoy Industries Group.

February 10, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with DeVilbiss Air Power Co. of Jackson, Tenn., has issued a voluntary recall of certain air compressors due to a fire hazard.

February 1, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in a report provided to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has found no evidence linking exposure to “problem” drywall and 11 deaths.

January 27, 2011

Most propane is treated with an ingredient that smells like spoiled eggs when the tank leaks. This safety measure helps consumers detect leaks. But some of the propane in about 700 rail cars of propane gas sold in portable cylinders from Morris Ill.-based Aux Sable Liquid Products do not have sufficient levels of the odorant.

As a result, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Aux Sable Liquid Products announced a voluntary recall of the propane cylinders.