Dozens of reports of smoke, sparks, and burn injuries associated with a hand-held hair dryer have prompted a nationwide recall of Ionic Pro hair dryer sold under the “ISO Beauty” and “Proliss” brand names.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says about 73,000 of the Chinese-made hair dryers have been imported and sold in the U.S. The agency said that the recalled hair dryers were sold online from March 2013 through January 2018 through Amazon.com, Groupon.com, ISObeauty.com, Proliss.com, and Target.com. The devices were priced between $30-$40.
An additional 1,000 units were sold in Canada, the CPSC said.
The safety hazard stems from the hairdryer’s cord, which can become brittle near the base of the device, posing the risk of a burn injury. ISO Beauty has received 35 reports of the hair dryer making sparks and smoking. According to the CPSC, two reports said that the hair dryers were emitting flames. Three people reported that the hand dryers caused burn injuries to their hands or fingers.
As with many safety recalls, the true scope of the problem may be difficult to determine. Others who may have suffered burn injuries from the recalled hair dryers may not have reported their injury to the product’s manufacturer or the CPSC.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled hair dryers are urged to immediately stop using them and contact ISO Beauty for instructions on removing the cord and receiving a refund in the form of a credit for a replacement product.
The recall covers Ionic Pro 2000 and 2000W dryers with the name “ISO” or “Proliss” printed on the bottom rear of the device, along with the model number HD-1820.
The hand dryers were sold in black, white, white pearl, peacock, white zebra, pink leopard, blue, and giraffe colors and patterns.