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July 2, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker is recalling certain Porter-Cable routers after discovering that uninsulated handles present an electrical shock risk.

The fixed-based routers and router bases have not been responsible for any reported injuries or incidents so far, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

June 30, 2014

Ontario, Canada-based Wolf Steel is recalling several of its Napolean-model propane gas fireplaces, citing a laceration hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the glass front has displayed a tendency to break due to the pressure from the propane gas igniting.

There has been one reported incident so far in Canada, in which a customer had to seek medical attention after getting cuts to the face and neck. No incidents have been reported in the U.S.

June 10, 2014

Boiler maker Weil-McLain of Michigan City, Indiana, announced a recall of its Ultra models 80, 105, 155 and 230 MBH Ultra Series Boilers.

According to a release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a cap on the boiler’s manifold can crack and release gas into the home, posing a risk of fire and explosion.

No injuries have been reported, but the firm has received 11 reports of manifold caps cracking.

May 28, 2014

Lithonia Lighting is recalling about 1.7 million units of its Quantum ELM and ELM2 two-light emergency fixture, citing a fire hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the circuit board has a tendency to overheat and cause the fixture to melt and catch fire.

There have been 29 incident reports thus far, with one resulting in over $100,000 worth of property damage. No injuries have been reported, however.

May 23, 2014

Cordelia Lighting is recalling its Commercial Electric Fluorescent Shop Lights from Home Depot shelves after receiving 888 incident reports.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the lamp sockets have a tendency to foster loose connections, which creates a potential fire hazard.

Of the many reports, 382 have involved smoking, 328 units have caught on fire, 173 involved sparking and five units exhibited electrical arcing. No injuries have been reported.

May 22, 2014

Nest Labs is recalling approximately 440,000 units of its Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering potentially dangerous flaws in the Nest Wave feature.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearby activity during a fire can prevent the alarm from immediately sounding when the Nest Wave feature is enabled, which is intended to silence alarms with the wave of an arm. However, there have been no reports of any incidents thus far.

May 12, 2014

Coleman is recalling about 95 units of its Northstar Liquid Fuel Lanterns following two reports of lanterns catching fire when fuel unexpectedly leaked from the bottom of the unit.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, some of the lanterns contain incorrect gas feed tubes that release too much fuel when lit.

April 29, 2014

Ariens is recalling its Sno-Tek Snow Throwers and All-Season Power Brushes due to amputation and laceration risks associated with the machines.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a drive pulley has displayed a tendency to crack while in use, which causes the auger/impeller or brush to continue to rotate after the clutch is disengaged.

The recall affects approximately 5,700 units, though no incidents or injuries have been reported.

Affected models include Ariens and Sno-Tek brand snow throwers and Ariens and Graveley brand power brushes.

March 25, 2014

Citing a shock and fire hazard, Ace Hardware is recalling the Ace Clamp-On LED Work Light, sold at Ace locations and other hardware stores between September and December 2013.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the cord bushing inside the light base has exhibited a tendency to fail, which allows the cord wiring to pull out of the base and expose bare wire.

No injuries have been reported.

February 13, 2014

MAT Industries is recalling its HDX and Powermate two-gallon air compressors due to reports of a shock hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the terminals of the pressure switch have demonstrated a tendency to come into contact with the motor housing and electrify the air compressors. No reports of injuries or incidents have been received.

The recall affects about 100,000 units in the U.S. and 7,000 in Canada.

January 16, 2014

RSI is recalling four models of Glacier Bay-branded bathroom medicine cabinets, sold exclusively at Home Depot between August and October of 2013.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the mirror on the back panel has demonstrated a tendency to fall out, posing an injury risk to consumers.

There have been two reported incidents of the mirror detaching and falling out, though no injuries have been reported.

December 26, 2013

South Deerfield, Mass.-based Yankee Candle is recalling a Candle Ring – Pine Berry product. The candle rings' synthetic foliage and berries are flammable, posing a fire hazard, according to an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The product was manufactured in China. No injuries or incidents were reported.

December 17, 2013

Seasonal Specialties is recalling approximately 1,800 units of pre-lit Christmas trees that were sold exclusively at Menards between September and November 2013.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission cited fire, burn and shock hazards due to a tendency for the tree's electrical components to overheat and melt.

Menards has received two reports of overheating, melting or smoking, though no injuries have been reported.

The product in question -- Twinkling Pine, sold under the Enchanted Forrest brand -- measures approximately 7.5 feet tall. 

November 20, 2013

Viking is recalling its built-in side-by-side refrigerator freezers with in-door dispensers after receiving 27 reports of electrical shorts, as well as four reports of fires.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the electrical connectors in the wiring harness have a tendency to overheat.

October 31, 2013

HeathCo of Bowling Green, Ky., is recalling its motion-activiated outdoor lights due to the possibility of electrical shock hazard. 

The internal fixture wiring can energize the entire surface and fittings of the fixture, posing an electrical shock hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

October 3, 2013

Citing multiple reports of overheating, fire damage and contact burns, Schneider Electric is recalling approximately 15 million of its SurgeArrest surge protectors.

August 16, 2013

Philips Lighting is recalling its Endura and Ambient dimmable LED bulbs due to defects in a lead wire within the bulb's housing, which can potentially pose a shock hazard.

The wire, which is ill-fitted, can electrify the entire lamp and shock the customer. No injuries have been reported.

The recall affects about 99,000 units of Endura 12-watt and Ambient 12.5-watt LED Dimmable bulbs.

July 26, 2013

Home Depot is recalling 107,000 units of Soleil portable fan heaters, after the product generated 464 melting-related reports. 

The plastic housing of the fan has displayed a tendency to melt and catch fire during use, though no injuries or property damage have been reported yet.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it's urging consumers to return them to Home Depot for a full refund.

July 25, 2013

Viking Range is expanding its previous recall of Viking built-in 36-in. wide refrigerators with bottom freezers, previously recalled in 2009 and recently renewed due to 39 additional reports of falling refrigerator doors.

Twelve of these reports involved bodily injury (fractures, bruises, strains and cuts), and 25 involved property damage. The 39 recent reports are in addition to the 57 that led to the initial recall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers with faulty doors to contact Viking for a free in-home repair.

July 17, 2013

After a low response rate to its initial recall, Sears has repeated its announcement to recall nearly 800,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers after new fires were reported.

May 10, 2013

Toro announced a recall of its 2012 and 2013 Toro Z Master Commercial 2000 Series ZRT riding mowers.

The mower’s idler pulley can rub against its fuel tank, posing a fire hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Toro has received six reports of incidents. No injuries have been reported.

February 8, 2013

Certain BlueStar residential gas wall ovens are the subject of a recall, according to an announcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

November 27, 2012

Cordless drills made in China sold at Harbor Freight Tools from April 2008 through May 2012 are the subject of a recall.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the black rigger switch of the Harbor Freight Tools Cordless Drills can wear down over time and allow for metal to make contact with other metal, causing an overheating or burn hazard.

The product has a 19.2-volt rechargeable battery pack.

November 26, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall notice for Master Forge Gas Grills, a $270 product sold at Lowe’s from November 2011 through May 2012.

If improperly installed, the hose connecting the gas tank and regulator to the burner control can touch the burner box and cause the hose to melt and rupture when the grill is lit. This poses a fire and burn hazard. 

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