April 2018 — Product Recalls

Posted on Mar 29 2018 in Product Recalls

As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here are some recent recall notices provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more.

Rural King recalls electric blankets

Rural King Supply has recalled its Bellavie queen electric blankets and throws because the electric cord can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards. The 100 percent polyester blankets and throws were sold in cream and brown colors and in two sizes at Rural King stores nationwide and online from October through December 2017 for between $30 and $60. Rural King has received four reports of the blankets and throws overheating, two fires and one burn injury.

Call 800-561-1752; or go to www.ruralking.com and click on the Safety Recall Information link at the bottom of the page.

Cordless electric chainsaws recalled

Three brands of cordless electric chainsaws, by Greenworks, Kobalt and Snapper, have been recalled because the chain brake guard can fail and allow the chainsaw to continue operating, posing an injury hazard to users. The recalled chainsaws have a 16- or 18-inch saw and an 80- or 82-volt lithium ion battery. The saws were sold at Lowe’s and other stores nationwide and online from January 2015 through October 2017 for between $170 and $300.

Call 888-266-7096; or go to www.greenworkstools.com and click on “Important Safety Notice” at the bottom of the page.

Hair dryers pose burn hazard

Hand-held hair dryers sold under the ISO Beauty and Proliss brand names have been recalled because the cord can become brittle near the base of the dryer, posing burn hazards. The dryers have “ISO” or “Proliss” printed and model number HD-1820 and were sold in the various colors and animal patterns at various online stores from March 2013 through January 2018 for between $30 and $40. ISO Beauty has received 35 reports of the dryers sparking or smoking, including two reports of flames and three injuries to hands or fingers.

Call 800-490-5919; go to isobeauty.com and click on “Product Recall.”

Electric kettles’ handle could separate

KitchenAid 1.7 liter electric kettles have been recalled. The handle can separate from the kettle, causing hot contents to spill. The kettles were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Fry’s Electronics, Kohl’s, Target, Williams Sonoma, and other home improvement, home appliance and retail stores and online from September 2013 through February 2018 for about $100 to $120.

Call 800-874-0608; or visit repair.whirlpool.com.