Product Recall News shows fire hazard an issue for many products purchased by American consumers
2014 has been a year for major recalls, with many high-profile recalls occurring in the first quarter. Several products have been recalled due to the potential for a fire hazard. In March 2014, vehicle manufacturer Honda recalled a series of Odyssey vans due to the potential for a fire caused by fuel pumps cracking during a crash. This month, two additional products are recalled due to a potential for a fire hazard. Dyson is recalling nearly 400,000 bladeless portable electric heaters and Lenovo is recalling nearly 150,000 battery packs world wide for the ThinkPad notebook computer.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has the details on both product recalls. The Dyson heaters were recalled due to the possibility of the heaters overheating due to an electrical short in the wiring. This could potentially lead to a fire hazard. The recalled models are Dyson Hot heaters and Dyson Hot+Cool with model numbers A-M04 and A-M05. Heater owners can check the model of their heaters by looking at the model number found above the Dyson logo on the underside of the heater’s base.
The recalled heaters are 23 inches tall and have a body shaped like an oval with a round base. There are no external fan blades on the machine. Dyson manufactured the machines in silver, blue and grey, grey and pink, grey and silver, black and silver, purple and grey, and white and silver. So far, Dyson has received information about 80 incidents with the heaters. The company has not reported any injuries or fatalities from the incidents. Owners should stop using the heaters and contact Dyson for a free repair. The website www.dysonrecall.com offers detailed information for consumers on how to repair the damaged heaters. (April 2014, http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Dyson-Recalls-Bladeless-Portable-Electric-Heaters/)
The Lenovo recall involves approximately 35,000 battery packs in North America and an additional 111,000 in China for the ThinkPad notebook computer. The recall includes the following models:
The Edge 11, 13 and 14 series
The T410, T420, T510 and W510 series
The X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s
Look for battery pack serial numbers 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840, or 42T4890.
According to Lenovo, the company has received two reports of the battery packs overheating and causing damage to the computer. The company has received no reports of injuries or fatalities occurring as a result of the faulty battery packs. Some of the faulty battery packs were available for sale separately from the computer- ranging in price between $80 and $150. Consumers who purchased a separate Lenovo battery pack should check the battery serial numbers to determine if their battery is included in the recall. Lenovo is replacing the faulty battery packs at no charge to the consumer. For more information on the recall, and to check if your battery pack is included in the recall, visit Lenovo.com.(April 2014, http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Lenovo-Recalls-Battery-Packs-for-ThinkPad-Notebook-Computers/)
Owners of the Dyson heaters or Lenovo ThinkPad computers can also visit the CPSC website for additional info