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.
Infant deaths lead to recall of 5.4 million rocking sleepers
The reported death of over 35 infants using two popular brands of infant sleepers has led to a major recall of almost 5.4 million sleepers. Fisher-Price has recalled all models of its “Rock ’n’ Play Sleeper,” and Kids II has recalled all models of its “Rocking Sleepers.”
Fatalities occurred in both brands after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.
The Fisher-Price sleepers were sold beginning in 2009 for approximately $40 to $149; the Kids II sleepers were sold from March 2012 through April 26, 2019, for approximately $40-$80. The models were sold at major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Target and Toys “R” Us and online.
Consumers should immediately stop using the sleepers and contact the appropriate company for details, or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website (posted at the bottom of the page), for a full list of the recalled models and refund or voucher information.
Fisher-Price: Call 866-812-6518, or go online at www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recall & Safety Alerts.”
Kids II: Call 1-866-869-7954 or visit www.kids2.com and click on “IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION” for more information.
Hunter recalls lighted ceiling fans for potential shock hazard
Hunter Brunswick has recalled six models of ceiling fans with three and four lights. The wires for the light kit can be damaged, posing an electric shock hazard to the consumer.
This recall involves Hunter Brunswick ceiling fan models 52262, 52263, 54178, 54179, 54184, 54185. The model number can be found on a label on top of the motor housing. The recalled ceiling fans have three or four lights. The fans have four blades and range from 44 inches to 60 inches in blade span. They came in multiple color options and were sold from November 2017 through May 2019 for between $150 and $300 at lighting stores nationwide and online.
Hunter has received one report of damaged light kit wires. No injuries have been reported.
Call 866-326-2003 or go online at www.hunterfan.com and click on the “Recalls” link at the bottom of the page for more information.
Target recalls USB charging cables
Target has recalled the heyday 3 Foot Lightning USB charging cables. The metal around the cord can become electrically charged if it contacts the USB wall charger plug prongs while charging, posing shock and fire hazards.
The cables are used to charge cellphones and other electronics that use lightning connector charging cables. The metal charging cable is purple, green, and blue iridescent. The word “heyday” is printed on the cable’s connector. The model number 080 08 8261 is printed on the side of the product’s packaging.
Target has received 14 reports of the cables smoking, sparking or igniting, including two reports of consumer finger burns. The cables were sold at Target stores nationwide and online from June 2018 through January 2019 for about $15.
Call 800-440-0680, or go online at www.target.com, and click on “Help,” then “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page, then on “Electronics” or click on the “Product Recalls” tab on Target’s Facebook page for more information.