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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

Risk of Fire, Burn Injuries Prompts Three Product Recalls

The risk of overheating, fire, and burn injuries has triggered a nationwide recall of three consumer products in recent days, federal safety regulators announced. Zebra Technologies Printer Power Supply Units According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zebra Technologies is expanding a previous recall of the power supply units used on its thermal printers. The power supply units can degrade and corrode over time when exposed to moisture and overheat, posing a fire hazard. The CPSC said Zebra Technologies recalled about 166,000 of the power supply units in Dec. 2016 and then expanded the recall on Aug. 2, ... Read More

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

Trump Tower Fire Kills One, Injures Six Firefighters

A Trump Tower resident died from injuries he suffered when a fire broke out inside his 50th floor apartment Saturday, April 7. According to CNN, the New York Police Department (NYPD) identified the victim as Todd Brassner, 67. Mr. Brassner was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died from his injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) was able to contain the blaze before it spread to other parts of the building. Six firefighters were allegedly injured beating back the flames and smoke, which poured from the shattered ... 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

HP Recalls Notebooks, Workstations Over Lithium Battery Fire Risk

Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it is voluntarily recalling certain notebook computers and mobile workstation computers containing lithium-ion batteries that can potentially overheat posing a risk of fire, burn injuries, and property damage. HP is urging customers to check their devices to see if they are affected by the recall. The recall covers the battery only and not the entire device. According to the company, the affected computers and batteries were manufactured December 2015 and December 2017. HP says the some of the lithium batteries were sold as accessories or provided as replacements through HP or an authorized HP service provider. Many ... Read More

California Teen’s Dell Laptop Explodes Repeatedly, Home Camera Films Blasts

A California teen and his friend narrowly escaped injury when his Dell Inspiron laptop burst into flames while charging on the living room sofa, then continued to explode over and over again. Footage from the Thousand Oak, California, home’s security cameras captured the explosions, which start as Devon Johnson, 18, is sitting on the living room couch with a friend eating pizza and playing video games. The Dell laptop charging on the sofa next to them starts shooting black smoke then almost immediately becomes engulfed in a giant fireball. The explosion is so bright that it triggers the security camera ... Read More

Another hoverboard recall surfaces days before Christmas; defective batteries to blame

Almost 2,000 self-balancing scooters, or hoverboards, are reportedly under recall due to a familiar issue – catching fire and/or exploding. The problem stems from the product’s lithium-ion battery packs, which may overheat and begin smoking during use or while the product is charging. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the hoverboard recall specifies the Orbit brand self-balancing scooters with two wheels at either end of its platform. The recalled hoverboards are energized by lithium-ion battery packs and were sold in one of the following six colors: white, red, gold, blue, black and green. The underside of the ... Read More

GM recalls more cars for oil leaks that could lead to fires

General Motors (GM) has announced another recall for a problem that has been plaguing its vehicles for the past seven years. For the third time in that time span, GM is recalling vehicles that can leak oil, which may lead to a fire. The latest recall includes 1.4 million vehicles, including some that had been included in the previous recalls, because apparently the initial “fix” did not work. Since the issue first came to light in 2007, GM has reported 19 minor injuries related to the defect, and in 2008 acknowledged the oil leak problem was responsible for 267 fires, ... Read More

Ford issues urgent recall of some 2013 Ford Escape SUVs

In an extremely rare and unusual warning, Ford Motor Co. told owners of certain 2013 Ford Escape SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to stop driving their vehicles immediately due to the risk of a faulty fuel line creating an engine fire. The recall involves about 11,500 model-year 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines sold in the U.S. and Canada. Ford said that most of the new vehicles remain on dealership lots, while about 5,000 are being driven by consumers. According the car maker, a fuel line in the engine compartment is susceptible to splitting and leaking fuel, which ... Read More