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Man’s Death from Burns Sparks Second Space Heater Recall

An electric space heater manufacturer joined federal safety regulators in re-announcing the recall of thousands of electric space heater fans after a Minnesota man died of burn injuries he sustained in a December 2017 house fire. Vornado LLC of Andover, Kansas, originally recalled about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters in April over the risk of fire and burn injuries. On Aug. 22, the company re-announced the recall after the Minnesota death was linked to one of the space heaters. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled space heaters “can overheat when in use, posing ... Read More

CPSC Urges Caution With Hoverboards Until Defects, Hazards Understood

Thousands of children, teens, and adults across the U.S. will find hoverboards under the Christmas tree this year despite mounting reports of the devices self-combusting and starting fires. The sudden popularity of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters has left federal safety regulators scrambling to understand why so many of the Chinese-made devices are erupting in flames and what they can do about it. “The challenge is to move quickly but also thoroughly and carefully to find out why certain hoverboards caught fire,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement. “Every consumer who is riding a ... Read More