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The Most Significant Recalls in April, Not Children’s Products

The CPSC announced 23 recalls in April, including one expansion of a previously recalled Lenovo computer. This is comparable to the number of recalls at this time last year (24) but lower than the historical average for April (31).

Of the 23 recalls issued in April 2012, only six, or 24%, were children’s products. By contrast, on average, 43% of CPSC recalls are for children’s products.   This time, recalls were spread much more evenly across all categories, but Home & Garden items as well as Sporting Goods stood out with five recalls each.

From the Home & Garden category, Viking dishwashers caused the most damage, with five reports of fires received by the time the recall was announced. No injuries were reported. This is also the most expensive product recalled from the category, ranging from $1,425 to $2,000.

In the Sporting Goods category, three of the five recalls were for adult bicycles or bicycle components ranging in price from $80 to $6,100.  Bicycles are one of the most commonly recalled non-children’s products.  It is a good idea to check this list of recalled adult bicycles frequently.

Two of the April recalls topped 100,000 units, leather desk chairs from Office Depot (307,00 units) and bunny motif sippy cups  from Target (264,000 units).

The desk chairs were recalled because the chair can separate from the base, posing a fall hazard.  At the time of recall, there had been eleven reports of the chairs breaking and consumers falling, resulting in at least two injuries.  The company has not sold this item new since December 2008, so be diligent in checking your desk chairs if you have owned them for a while or purchased them secondhand.

The sippy cups were recalled because the ear on the cup can poke a child in the eye while he/she is drinking from the cup, posing a laceration hazard.  There were six reports of incidents at the time of this recall, three of them resulting in cuts and bruises.  This was the highest number of injuries of all April recalls.

Two recalls in April had a significantly high number of incidents on record by the time the recall was issued.  STOK Gas Grills had 569 reports of regulators leaking propane gas and Miflex High Pressure Scuba Diving Hoses, had 189 reports of hoses rupturing.  No injuries had beenreported in either case, but consumers are urged to discontinue use and contact the respective companies for a free replacement.

Additionally, one recall was issued for drop-side cribs sold at JCPenny from 2005 through 2008.  Although drop-side cribs can no longer be sold in the United States as of June 28, 2011, we may continue to see recalls on older models.  Find out more about drop-side cribs.

Other children’s recalls in April included jackets, rattles and bike carrier seats.  Non-children’s recalls included power tools, rifles, pocket knives, golf carts and utility vehicles.

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19 Responses to “The Most Significant Recalls in April, Not Children’s Products”

  1. Shari Lynn Alligood

    So many recalls I guess some things aren't made like they used to be 🙁

  2. Abby B.

    The leaking gas grill scares me every time I see it on a recall list. How does this happen? A gas grill should Never be put on the market with a problem like that. What an oversight.

  3. Holly

    Definitely pays to keep on top of things because there are such a variety of products being recalled and some are truly dangerous on a grand scale.

  4. sandyandcosmo

    Sad to see the Specialized bike recalls. Every component of these bikes is expensive, you shouldn't have to worry about safety issues.

  5. Sandra Beeman

    I never realized how many dangers there are with common purchases fro fire from leaking propane gas grills to bicycles. These items are sometimes very expensive and most of us, like myself, expect higher quality to match higher price. Not always the case, however.

  6. jacqueline

    im surprised that the viking dishwashers were on there… glad that i dont have that one! so much money

  7. David Hollingsworth

    It seems like everything in the world is being recalled, in one way or another. Who knows, at this point, our lives may be recalled.

  8. dpapsis2

    I subscribe by email to the CPSC to keep informed on recalls. There are so many to keep track of. We keep the manuals to everything too- just in case. It goes to show, whether something is deemed safe or not, you should always use your own judgment and common sense when it comes to the products you buy.

  9. kenia

    Wow, there were so many recalls! The cups do look weird with the long ear, but they are cute!! It all comes down to safety!!

  10. Angie

    It's scary that there are most likely so many of those cribs still out there! We had one for both of our kids…shudder.

  11. Jessica Kemp McConaha

    My husband & myself are planning on getting bikes in the next month or so, so it's a good thing I read this so I'll know which bikes to avoid & what to look out for. I've never really paid much attention, or even thought much about "adult" products being recalled, I mostly check out kids stuff since I have a 2yr old! Thanks for the info!!!

  12. Deborah Hogue

    It really is sad that so many different products are being recalled in recent years. I think that manufacturers should stop trying to new and improve these items and instead leave them they way they were before they started using
    sub-par parts. Using sub-par parts does nothing for the company because, ulimately, they end up havinf to recall items or customers return them because they break down or have some issue that they can't live with. My motto
    is and always has been: IF IT ISN'T BROKEN, DON'T FIX IT

  13. miriama

    I subscribe to their newsletter so I can get notification, often daily!, of things.


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