6 Dangerous Winter Products To AvoidBy Scott C. Gottlieb
New York residents would be wise to take a moment and make sure their cold-weather household products – like heaters and children’s fleece pajamas – are safe for use.
A number of seasonal products have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission because they are hazardous to users.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of personal injuries and wrongful deaths are caused by defective and dangerous products.
Following are 6 Dangerous Cold-Weather Products That Have Been Recalled:
• Target Girl’s Circo fleece blanket sleepers. The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear and pose a risk of burn injuries.
• Echo Bearcat log splitters. The end cap of the splitter’s hydraulic cylinder can break away from the body of the log splitter, harming the user or bystander.
• Big Lots portable ceramic space heaters. The heaters can overheat and melt, creating a fire or shock hazard.
• Harbor Breeze bath fans with heater and light. The fan’s heater blades can fail to rotate properly, causing the fan to overheat.
• SnowPulse Avalanche airbags. A leak in the airbag’s cartridge can result in the airbag not deploying.
• Buy-Rite children’s winter-themed charm bracelets. The bracelets contain dangerous levels of cadmium and can be toxic if ingested by young children.
Learn more about these and other recalled winter products at www.SaferProducts.gov.
CPSC is responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of harm associated with the use of thousands of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually.
Source: U.S. CPSC http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2013/Check-Your-Home-for-These-Cold-Weather-Related-Products-Recalled-Last-Summer/