A line of rechargeable battery packs that can overheat and start a fire are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Other recalled items include off-highway vehicles that that can catch fire and wooden toys that pose a choking hazard to young children.
Here’s a more detailed look:
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACKS
DETAILS: Brunton’s Impel and Impel 2 rechargeable, portable battery packs that are used to charge cellphones, tablets, laptops and other devices. The Impel battery came in a rubberized shell in dark grey with orange or blue and the Impel 2 in light grey with black trim. The battery packs can be plugged into an A/C wall outlet, a 12 volt car charger or an attachable solar panel for recharging. Brunton is embossed on the top of the battery pack, along with the power button and five LED lights. They were sold at Adorama, Austin Canoe & Kayak, Moontrail, REI, The Clymb and other outdoor equipment retailers nationwide and online at www.amazon.com, www.backcountry.com, www.bhphotovideo.com, www.forestry-suppliers.com, and www.opticsplanet.com from February 2011 through May 2015.
WHY: The power packs’ lithium ion polymer batteries can overheat and catch on fire during charging.
INCIDENTS: Two reports of battery packs overheating and catching on fire; with one incident resulting in about $25,000 of property damage and another one in a garage burning down with property and smoke damage to the adjacent residence. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,050 in the U.S. and 40 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Brunton Outdoor at 800-443-4871 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.brunton.com and click on Impel Charger Product Recall the top or bottom of the page for more information.
DETAILS: Polaris Model Year 2013-2016 RZR 900 and RZR 1000 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). Consumers are being warned to stop using these recreational vehicles immediately and contact their Polaris dealer for a free repair. Visit www.polaris.com for details on the VIN numbers included in this recall. The VIN is normally located on the driver’s side rear frame rail, above the PVT cover. To determine if a specific ROV is included in this recall visit www.Polaris.com and click on “Off-Road Safety Recalls” under the “Rider Community” heading on the main page of the Polaris website. They were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from July 2012 through April 2016.
WHY: The recalled ROVs can catch fire while consumers are driving, posing fire and burn hazards to drivers and passengers.
INCIDENTS: More than 160 reports of fires with the recalled RZR ROVs, resulting in one death of a 15 year old passenger from a rollover that resulted in a fire and 19 reports of injuries including first, second and third degree burns.
HOW MANY: About 133,000
FOR MORE: Call Polaris at 800-POLARIS or 800-765-2747 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday and Sunday or visit www.polaris.com and click on “Off-Road Safety Recalls” on the main page of the Polaris website.
DETAILS: Flying Tiger Copenhagen wooden blocks and wooden giraffe toys. The Twist & Lock blocks were sold in a combination of blue, green and yellow and red, pink and yellow. Item number 1701354 is printed on the packaging for the blocks. The Twist & Lock giraffe toys were sold in pink and red combination and a yellow and orange combination. Item number 1701493 is printed on the packaging for the giraffe. They were sold at Flying Tiger Copenhagen in New York from November 2015 through December 2015.
WHY: Parts of the wooden toys can become detached, resulting in small pieces that can pose a choking hazard to young children.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,000.
FOR MORE: Call Flying Tiger Copenhagen at 844-350-0560 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.flyingtiger.com and click on “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page.
DETAILS: YTL drywall lifts used for lifting sheets of drywall. The recalled drywall lifts have a label on the vertical mast stating “PERFORMANCE BUILT,” ”MUD BOSS” OR “150 LB. DRYWALL PANEL HOIST.” They were sold at Lowe’s, Menards and Orgill Inc. stores nationwide from January 2013 through January 2016.
WHY: The drywall lifts can fail during use causing the load of drywall to fall onto the lift operator.
INCIDENTS: Two reports of the drywall lifts failing and dropping their load. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 17,000 in the U.S. and about 2,700 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call YTL International at 888-723-6534 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit www.ytlinternational.com and click on RECALL for more information.
DETAILS: 51 different styles of women’s 100-per cent SouvNear silk scarves sold at Averroes International stores and online at amazon.com and souvnear.com from October 2014 through March 2016. “100% Pure Silk” and “Made in India” are printed on the sewn-in tags. The scarves come in standard and infinity styles and come in various colours and patterns, including floral, leopard and paisley.
WHY: The scarves do not meet the federal flammability standard for clothing textiles, posing a burn risk.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 650.
FOR MORE: Call SouvNear at 844-328-5735 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.souvnear.com and click on the “Product Recall” link at the bottom of the page for more information.