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2.6M Vuse Vibe E-Cig Units Recalled For Fire Risk

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company is recalling about 2.6 million of its Vuse Vibe e-cigarette units after receiving several consumer reports of overheating and fire. The company says the problem with the Vuse Vibe units stems from the batteries that charge the e-cigarettes. R.J. Reynolds initiated the nationwide recall after receiving 10 complaints of the devices overheating and catching fire. Although the devices pose a potential risk of burn injuries and property damage, the company says it isn’t aware of any injuries related to the defect. The company said it is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ... Read More

Amazon Recalls Portable Power Banks For Fire, Burn Risk

Anyone who owns an AmazonBasics portable power bank should check their model to see if it is included in a safety recall of chargers powered by lithium-ion batteries. Amazon and federal regulators say the Chinese-made devices pose a risk of overheating, fire, and burn injuries. Amazon sold the potentially defective portable power banks through its website and in Amazon pop-up stores from Dec. 14 through July 2017. The recall includes six different AmazonBasics power banks made by Guoguang Electric Company Limited of China and sold by Amazon for between $9 and $40. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said ... Read More

KitchenAid Electric Kettles Recalled Over Burn Risks

The risk of burn injuries from a KitchenAid electric kettle defect has prompted the manufacturer and U.S. regulators to announce a safety recall of the product The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of the electric KitchenAid kettles after receiving 79 reports claiming the device is unsafe to use. The complaints say that the handle on the kettles loosened and detached, causing the hot contents to spill. According to the CPSC, Whirlpool has received three reports of burn injuries associated with the KitchenAid electric kettle defect. “This recall involves KitchenAid 1.7 Liter ... Read More

Lithium Battery Blamed for Yonkers House Fire

A lithium battery charging an electric bike caught fire in a basement apartment of a home Sunday, May 7, trapping and injuring two occupants. Yonkers Fire Department Assistant Chief Edward Cucolo told News 12 Westchester that the apartment where the fire occurred was not up to code for a rental, so the residents had to be pulled out through a window. Firefighters had to break the windows out of their frames to be able to access the residents. “The battery pack was in flames, and it spread to some stuff on top of the bike; and it started spreading to ... Read More

CPSC Announces Official Recall of All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

U.S. safety regulators announced a formal recall of all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones Thursday amid a mounting number of reports of the devices exploding and starting fires. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges all Samsung Note 7 users to stop using the devices immediately and make sure they are powered off. The recall affects about one million of the Samsung smartphones in the U.S. sold through wireless carriers and electronics stores nationwide for about $850. Customers who have purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone since they were first made available to the public on Aug. 19 ... Read More

Goodman Pays $5.5 Million Penalty For Delaying Recall of Defective AC/Heater Units linked to dangerous fires

A manufacturer of single-unit air conditioner-heaters whose conduct federal regulators called “illegal, dangerous and unacceptable” has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for its failure to recall defective and hazardous units as required by law and for lying to regulators about the number of fires its products had caused. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sued that Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company, alleging that it intentionally failed to inform safety regulators immediately that its “packaged terminal air conditioner/heaters contained a dangerous defect that posed an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death to consumers.” Goodman sold the defective ... Read More

Rubber tubes sold at Walmart recalled after causing skin irritation

This week, 20,500 inflatable rubber tubes sold at Walmart have been recalled due to numerous reports of skin irritation upon contact with the tubes. The tubes, made by Coleman, are black Sevylor brand River Racer inflatable rubber tubes. The recalled rubber tubes measure 36 inches in diameter and are about 15 inches tall, seating one person per tube. The Sevylor logo and River Racer logo can be seen on the outer side, printed in blue. The model number of the recalled tubes (2000014090) can be found on the inner side of the tube below the bottom left corner of the English ... Read More

Nationwide fruit recall expanded over concerns of Listeria Monocytogenes contamination

A nationwide recall on nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots potentially contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has been expanded to include additional retailers and store items made with the affected fruit. Cutler, Calif.-based Wawona Packing Co. voluntarily recalled the fruit on July 19 after an Australian importer’s test detected slight levels of the Listeria bacteria on three peaches. Wawona said in a statement that the Listeria it found fell “within tolerance levels” set by the Australian government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has a zero-tolerance rule for listeria monocytogenes, prompting Wawona to retain a private laboratory to ... Read More

California fruit company issues nationwide recall after finding Listeria contamination

CUTLER, Calif. — A California fruit distributer has recalled several lots of nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots sent out to retailers nationwide over fears that it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittercamp said that the company was recalling the products after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Internal testing at Wawona’s Tulare County packing facility in central California found some of the fruit to be contaminated with Listeria, which can cause serious illness and may be fatal to young children the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals ... Read More

Health officials eye Oregon berry mixture as source of Hepatitis A outbreak

Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses in several states they believe may be stemming from Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a mixture of frozen organic berries from an Oregon producer. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , 11 patients out of 17 interviewed so far remember eating Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend berries made by Townsend Farms of Fairview, Oregon. FDA and CDC officials are inspecting the producer’s facilities and testing berries processed there for the presence of Hepatitis A. So ... Read More