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.
1. Harbor Freight Tools recalls unsafe handgun safe
Harbor Freight has recalled two models of its electronic handgun safe. The handgun safes can open without the use of a key or combination upon impact and allow unintended access to the contents of the safe, posing a risk of serious injury to children and others. Sold under two different brand names, Union Safe Company and Bunker Hill Security, the recalled safes have 0.17 cubic foot capacity and are dark gray. The safes were sold exclusively at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and online from November 2014 through February 2018 for about $65.
Call 800-444-3353, or go to www.harborfreight.com and click on “Recall Safety Information” at the bottom of the page.
2. Hirsch Gift recalls wireless charging pads due to burn hazard
CloudCharge Wireless Charging Pad and accessories have been recalled because the wireless phone chargers can overheat while in use, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
The charging pads were a promotional giveaway to employees and customers of various companies from February 2018 to May 2018. The product name and model number T4706 are printed on the bottom of the product and select company promotional logos and artwork are printed on the top. The recalled chargers are circular and have a white plastic bottom. They measure about 4 inches in diameter and 0.5 inch tall. A white USB power cable is included along with a wireless receiver adapter. Each charging pad and accessories are packed in a white plastic box with a clear lid, measuring approximately 5 inches x 5 inches x 1.25 inches. This recall involves only one production lot (version 2) of the charging pad.
Call 877-220-4438, ext. 117, or go online at hg-promo.com and click on the recall link at the bottom of the page for more information.
3. Hair dryer models pose fire, burn and electrical shock hazards
Two models of hand-held hair dryers and their power cords have been recalled because they can overheat posing fire, burn and electrical shock hazards. This recall involves the Allure and Allure Pro 2200W ionic ceramic hair dryers. The hand-held hair dryers are black or white and include a concentrator nozzle. The hair dryers were sold separately or as part of various hair care kits that included hair treatment products, a flat iron or a diffuser online at Amazon.com, eBay.com, Walmart. com, Xtava.com, Groupon.com and other websites from October 2014 through August 2018 for between $15 and $60 when sold separately, and for between $20 and $80 when sold as part of a hair care kit. The firm has received 193 reports of the hair dryers or power cords overheating, melting, exploding or catching fire, including 18 reports of burns and two reports of a minor electrical shock.
Call 877-643-8440, or go online atxtava.com and click on “Product Recalls” or recall-xtava-allure.expertinquiry.com for more information.
4. Koehler-Bright Star recalls WorkSafe flashlights due to explosion hazard
Koehler-Bright Star has recalled WorkSafe Model 2224 LED 3-D cell flashlights. The flashlights are missing a circuit board component which protects the flashlight from igniting an explosive environment, posing an injury hazard to the user or bystander. The flashlight is safety orange with a black reflector assembly and black end cap and measures about 10.25 inches long by 2 inches in diameter. Only 3-D cell flashlights that do not contain a date code stamped on the body of the units are included in the recall. The flashlights were sold at Koehler-Bright Star Industrial distributors, Grainger and online January 2017 through May 2018 for about $21. No incidents or injuries have been reported.
Call 800-788-1696, or go online at www.koehlerlighting.com and click on the “Contact Us” tab for more information.