In the United States, products are recalled when a large quantity of the units produced are deemed unsafe for consumers. Recalls can be issued by the manufacturer of the product or by the government. Once a product is recalled, the government or manufacturer will advise those who purchased the product on what steps they should take. Most of the time it is recommended that consumers do one of these three things:
- Throw the product away;
- Return the product for replacement; or
- Return the product to be repaired.
Common recalled products include medication, medical supplies, auto parts, toys, food, and cosmetics..
Below are three products recalled in August of 2021.
On August 4, 2021, New Widetech recalled 2 million units of dehumidifiers due to a fire and burn hazard. The dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing a danger to consumers. The recall involves 25-, 30-, 35-, 45-, 50-, 60-, 65-, 70-, and 74-pint dehumidifiers with the brand names AeonAir, Amana, ArcticAire (Danby), Classic (Danby / Home Hardware Stores), Commercial Cool, Danby, Danby Designer, Danby Premiere, De’Longhi, Edgestar, Friedrich, Generations (Danby), Haier, Honeywell (JMATEK / AirTek), Idylis, Ivation, perfect aire, SuperClima, Whirlpool, and Whynter. The recalled dehumidifiers were sold at Lowes, Costco, Walmart, Menards and other retailers nationwide from February 2009 through August 2017. Consumers should cease use of the dehumidifiers immediately and contact New Widetech for a refund. The refund amount is prorated based on the age of the product. To date, there have been 107 incidents of the dehumidifiers catching fire which resulted in $17 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
- LG Energy Solution Michigan Home Energy Storage Batteries
On August 4, 2021, LG Energy Solution Michigan, Inc., recalled 10,000 units of its LG Chem “RESU10H” Lithium-Ion Residential Energy Storage System Batteries due to a fire hazard. The batteries can overheat, posing a risk of fire and harmful smoke emissions. The recall involves LG Chem Model RESU 10H storage batteries installed as part of residential energy solar panel systems. The batteries were sold by various distributors of solar energy systems nationwide from January 2017 through April 2019. Those who own the recalled batteries should contact LG Energy Solution Michigan immediately for a free replacement. LG Energy Solution Michigan will also arrange modifications to recalled batteries that are connected online to reduce the risk of overheating until the recalled batteries can be replaced. To date five reports of the batteries smoking and catching fire have been received. Property damage and one injury has occurred.
- Dollar General Sling Loungers
On August 4, 2021, Dollar General recalled 155,000 units of its True Living Sling Loungers due to amputation, laceration and pinching hazards. The loungers can collapse unexpectedly, posing a hazard to consumers if a finger gets caught in the metal folding joints. The recalled loungers have white frames with solid blue or green fabric. The loungers were sold at Dollar General stores nationwide from January 2019 through September 2019. Consumers should immediately cease use of the loungers, cut the fabric to render the lounger unusable and contact Dollar General to return the product for a refund. To date, three reports of the loungers collapsing resulting in amputation or lacerations to the finger have been received.