Every day, people purchase products and assume that they are safe to operate or even consume. Most of the time, they are correct in that assumption, but sometimes, a product is deemed unsafe or faulty and is recalled in order to mitigate the danger that product poses. A product recall can be voluntary or mandatory. Almost all recalls are voluntary, meaning that the product manufacturer or distributor has issued the recall. When a product is recalled, usually the consumer is instructed to cease use of that product immediately and either return it to the place of purchase or contact the manufacturer or distributor for a full refund or replacement.
Below are three products that were recalled in March of 2021.
1. Melaleuca Three-Wick Revive Candles
On March 11, 2021, Melaleuca recalled 38,000 units of their Revive Three Wick Soy Candles due to a fire hazard. The candles’ high flames can ignite the surface of the wax and start a fire or burn someone. The candles were sold at Melaleuca stores, the Melaleuca catalogue and website from November 2020 to December 2020. Owners of this product should immediately cease use of the candles, cut their wicks short to prevent the candles from being used and discard the candles. Melaleuca has contacted all known purchasers directly informing them of the recall and how to obtain a refund. To date, Melaleuca has received 17 reports of high flames, including 14 reports of wax catching fire. No injuries or property damage has been reported.
2. Global Home Imports Platform Bed Frames
On March 17, 2021, Global Home Imports recalled 82,000 units of its HR Platform Frames due to a serious injury hazard. The HR platform frame can collapse which poses a crush hazard that could result in serious injury or death. The bed frames were sold under the brand Bed Tech with model numbers HR33, HR33XL, HR46, HR50, HR60, HR66. The bed frames were sold at American Furniture Warehouse, Mattress Firm and furniture and mattress stores nationwide from April 2020 to January 2021. Owners of this product should cease use immediately and contact Global Home Imports to receive a free repair kit with metal clips to strengthen the frame. To date, 100 reports of the frame collapsing have been received, no injuries have been reported.
3. HD Hudson Garden Sprayers
On March 18, 2021, HD Hudson recalled 64,000 units of its illu-Mist Battery-Powered Garden Sprayers due to a fire hazard. The sprayer’s lithium-ion battery can overheat posing a fire hazard. The recall involves the illu-Mist 40001 one-gallon and 40002 two-gallon battery-powered sprayers. The sprayers were sold at Lowe’s stores nationwide and Amazon.com from December 2019 through January 2021. Owners of the recalled sprayers should immediately stop using the sprayer, remove the battery tray and look for a brown battery. If the battery is brown, remove the battery and tray and dispose of the battery according to local laws for disposal of lithium-ion. Owners of the sprayers can then contact HD Hudson for a free battery replacement tray and battery. To date, four reports of batteries overheating, including one report of a battery melting and catching fire have been received. No injuries have been reported.