The holidays are, for most people, a time of shopping. Purchasing presents for loved ones, getting great deals on items for yourself, and buying items for charities all involve hitting a few of your favorite stores. Before you fill your shopping cart, however, our Mobile product liability attorneys recommend you make sure the items you’re purchasing don’t have any potentially dangerous defects. Manufacturing mistakes, design flaws, and improper marketing can all make products unreasonably dangerous for consumers. Here are seven product recalls to know about before you start your holiday shopping this year.
Boy Story Action Dolls
A few different Boy Story LLC action dolls failed a safety inspection and may pose a choking risk to young children. The Mason and Billy action dolls are involved in the recall, as are the Mason HeForShe Special Edition and Billy HeForShe Special Edition action dolls. The joints on these vinyl dolls may break and create small pieces that can pose a choking hazard, according to the official recall. Boy Story distributed about 8,500 recalled dolls in the U.S. and 40 in Canada.
Weeplay Children’s Coveralls
Weeplay Kids is recalling about 2,500 units of the ED by Ellen DeGeneres children’s coveralls because of a possible choking hazard. The pink-striped, long-sleeve coveralls come with a bunny-shaped applique on the left chest. This applique may detach from the coveralls, posing a choking risk for young children. Buyers can return the coveralls for a full refund.
BSN SPORTS Rubber Critter Toys
Children who play with the BSN SPORTS rubber critter toys may be at risk of lead poisoning. The various animal shapes and colors in the rubber critter toy collection contain orange and yellow surface paint with levels of lead that exceed the federal requirements. If ingested by children, lead paint can cause serious health problems. These toys come in individual packages as well as sets of two to 24 rubber critters. The recall involves all animal types, including frogs, pigs, cows, chickens, penguins, alligators, and octopuses.
Manhattan Toy Pull-Back Speedy Jet
The Pull-Back Speedy Jet toy by Manhattan Toys has been recalled due to a potential choking hazard for young children. This wood-and-plastic toy jet has four wheels with detachable rubber, which may come apart and pose a choking risk. This recall only pertains to toys with lot code number 155400 EJ (printed on the bottom of the plane). Manhattan Toy released about 5,100 defective units in the U.S. and 930 in Canada.
Provata Health Activity Trackers
Provata Health has recalled its promotional activity trackers due to a potential burn injury risk. The tracker may overheat during regular wear or while charging, getting hot enough to cause burns. Provata gave away these wristband trackers as part of a promotion. So far, 13 overheat and burn incidents related to the activity trackers have reached the company. Provata released about 30,000 defective activity tracker wristbands.
Traeger Wood Pellet Grills
Thinking of buying a new grill this holiday season? Stay away from Traeger Grills’ Wood Pellet Grill due to a current recall. The Scout and Ranger portable wood pellet grills pose an unreasonable risk of fires. Grease may leak from a defective drip tray, potentially starting a fire. Consumers who have already purchased this product may either replace the item, return it for a full refund, or submit it for drip tray repairs. Approximately 16,100 units are defective.
Vornado Air Electric Space Heaters
Stay warm and safe by avoiding the Vornado Air VH10 1 Electric Space Heater when shopping for a new heater. This heater may overheat while in use, resulting in significant fire and burn risks. So far, the company has received 19 reports of the defective space heaters catching fire. One incident resulted in the death of a 90-year-old man in Minnesota last December (2017). These heaters remained on the market until March 2018. About 350,000 defective heaters are in circulation.
Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall list for the most up-to-date information on toy and other item recalls before the holidays.