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June 21, 2015

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February 25, 2015

Electrolux is recalling about 3,000 of its Sears Kenmore 24" electric ranges over an electrical shock hazard.

December 17, 2014

WindowTex is recalling a number of its custom roller window shades, citing a risk of injury related to a steel pin inserted in the idler on the shades.

December 1, 2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of Goal Zero Sherpa brand 50 and 120 rechargeable battery packs.

According to the announcement, the battery packs can overcharge, overheat, bulge and melt the battery pack’s enclosure, posing a fire hazard and risk of property damage.

October 9, 2014

Fiskars is recalling its 32" Bypass Lopper Shears, which are sold exclusively at Home Depot, due to a laceration hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the handles can break during use, which can potentially cause injury and laceration.

The shears have the model number 6954 and can be identified by their 32-inch dark orange steel handles and black rubber grips, which have a gray strip.

September 29, 2014

Shivvers is recalling a host of its Country Clipper riding lawn mowers, citing a possible fire hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the ignition module in the lawn mower can fail to ground, which might lead to overheating and melting.

So far, there have been four reports of ignition modules overheating and melting, though no injuries have been reported.

September 24, 2014

Hearth & Home Technologies is recalling a number of its gas fireplaces, gas stoves, gas inserts and log sets, citing a tendency for the gas valve to leak.

The recall affects about 20,000 units of Heat-N-Glo, Heatilator, Outdoor Lifestyles and Quadra Fire products, which encompass both natural and propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets.

August 27, 2014

Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company is recalling about 233,500 units of its Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (“PTAC”) units.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the power cords on the units have displayed a tendency to overheat, creating burn and fire hazards.

So far, there have been five reports of the power cords smoking or catching fire, though no injuries have been reported as of yet.

August 22, 2014

SolarWorld, the Camarillo, California-based subsidiary of Germany-based SolarWorld AG, recalled certain solar systems with copper grounding lugs.

SolarWorld solar panels installed with bare-copper grounding lugs can corrode which could result in a faulty ground circuit, posing an electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard, according to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The firm has received one report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs. No injuries have been reported.

August 14, 2014

The Edwards (ESL) and Interlogix brands are recalling 33 models of their 400 and 500 series smoke alarms, citing a tendency to malfunction.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the alarms have been found to fail to alert consumers of a fire due to radio frequency interference.

There have yet to be any incidents or injuries reported, however.

July 30, 2014

Philips Lighting is recalling about 7,500 units of its “Lightolier” brand AF4SY Decorative Glass Lens after receiving one report of the glass lens breaking. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the decorative glass lens has displayed a tendency to shatter, posing a risk to consumers below.

July 16, 2014

Norcross, Georgia-based Halco Lighting Technologies is recalling about 9,500 of its ProLED bulbs after receiving reports of potential overheating and falling hazards.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were five reports of the bulbs separating from the sockets, and the bulbs have a tendency to overheat and fall on consumers below. No injuries have been reported, however.

July 8, 2014

A potential fire hazard is behind the recall of the Single Stage Snow Thrower from All Power America.

Menards stores and independent hardware retailers sold the products from September 2012 through December 2013 for about $200.

Hazard: According to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

July 2, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker is recalling certain Porter-Cable routers after discovering that uninsulated handles present an electrical shock risk.

The fixed-based routers and router bases have not been responsible for any reported injuries or incidents so far, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

June 30, 2014

Ontario, Canada-based Wolf Steel is recalling several of its Napolean-model propane gas fireplaces, citing a laceration hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the glass front has displayed a tendency to break due to the pressure from the propane gas igniting.

There has been one reported incident so far in Canada, in which a customer had to seek medical attention after getting cuts to the face and neck. No incidents have been reported in the U.S.

June 10, 2014

Boiler maker Weil-McLain of Michigan City, Indiana, announced a recall of its Ultra models 80, 105, 155 and 230 MBH Ultra Series Boilers.

According to a release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a cap on the boiler’s manifold can crack and release gas into the home, posing a risk of fire and explosion.

No injuries have been reported, but the firm has received 11 reports of manifold caps cracking.

May 28, 2014

Lithonia Lighting is recalling about 1.7 million units of its Quantum ELM and ELM2 two-light emergency fixture, citing a fire hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the circuit board has a tendency to overheat and cause the fixture to melt and catch fire.

There have been 29 incident reports thus far, with one resulting in over $100,000 worth of property damage. No injuries have been reported, however.

May 23, 2014

Cordelia Lighting is recalling its Commercial Electric Fluorescent Shop Lights from Home Depot shelves after receiving 888 incident reports.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the lamp sockets have a tendency to foster loose connections, which creates a potential fire hazard.

Of the many reports, 382 have involved smoking, 328 units have caught on fire, 173 involved sparking and five units exhibited electrical arcing. No injuries have been reported.

May 22, 2014

Nest Labs is recalling approximately 440,000 units of its Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering potentially dangerous flaws in the Nest Wave feature.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearby activity during a fire can prevent the alarm from immediately sounding when the Nest Wave feature is enabled, which is intended to silence alarms with the wave of an arm. However, there have been no reports of any incidents thus far.

May 12, 2014

Coleman is recalling about 95 units of its Northstar Liquid Fuel Lanterns following two reports of lanterns catching fire when fuel unexpectedly leaked from the bottom of the unit.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, some of the lanterns contain incorrect gas feed tubes that release too much fuel when lit.

April 29, 2014

Ariens is recalling its Sno-Tek Snow Throwers and All-Season Power Brushes due to amputation and laceration risks associated with the machines.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a drive pulley has displayed a tendency to crack while in use, which causes the auger/impeller or brush to continue to rotate after the clutch is disengaged.

The recall affects approximately 5,700 units, though no incidents or injuries have been reported.

Affected models include Ariens and Sno-Tek brand snow throwers and Ariens and Graveley brand power brushes.

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.