APC Surge Protectors Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

APC Surge ProtectorOn October 3, 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS) announce the recall of Schneider Electric APC Surge Protectors stating that the product “can overheat, smoke and melt, posing fire hazard.” According to the recall notice, the company received 700 reports of the surge protectors overheating and melting and 55 claims of property damage caused by smoke and fire. One incident reported $916,000 in fire damage to a home; another report claimed there was $750,000 in fire damage to a medical facility. They received 13 reports of injuries, including smoke inhalation and burns.

The recall notice applies to APC 7 & 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. They were produced by American Power Conversion (APC), now Schneider Electric, of West Kingston, RI and sold at Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA and other stores nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002. See the CPSC website for a complete list of serial numbers included in the recall.

Consumers are advised to stop using the surge protectors immediately and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact:  Schneider Electric IT Corp., 1-888-437-4007 or http://recall.apc.com

Sunscreen for Babies & Kids Tests Positive for Dangerous Bacteria & Fungus

Badger Recall LinkOn September 23, 2013 the FDA published the W.S. Badger Company’s voluntary recall of all lots of 4-ounce SPF 30 baby sunscreen lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF kids sunscreen lotion after tests revealed microbial contamination. The products were discovered to be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis and Acremonium fungus. Badger is a New Hampshire based company that has been manufacturing natural and organic body care products since 1995. As many a 30,000 tubes of the recalled sunscreen has been sold in the U.S. and Canada. It is the Number one selling all natural sunscreen in the U.S.

Although there have been no reports of adverse reactions to the sunscreen, possible risks associated with the contaminants include the following:

Pseudomonas bacteria:  can cause skin rash and ear infections and is especially threatening to people with weakened immune systems. Severe illness can develop if the bacteria enters the bloodstream.

Candida parapsilosis:  a fungus that can cause mild skin infection and severe infection if it enters the bloodstream.

Acremonium fungican:  can lead to infection if it enters the bloodstream through broken or injured skin.

The company founder and chief executive, Bill Whyte, stated that the sunscreens passed all pre-sale tests but routine re-testing revealed that “several lots had been compromised.” Consumers are being advised to return the products to the original place of purchase for complete refund or contact Badger directly at 1-800-603-6100 or recalls@badgerbalm.com.

See the FDA website to view the recall announcement, the complete list of lot numbers affected by the recall, and information on where to report adverse events related to the sunscreen products.

Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Fire & Burn Hazard

dehumidifier damage after fireGree Electric Appliances of China issued a recall of 12 Brands of dehumidifiers after receiving 165 reports from consumers, including 46 reports of fires and over $2 million in property damage.  According to the September 12, 2013 recall announcement, there is danger of the dehumidifiers overheating and catching on fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning advising consumers to stop using the products immediately.

The brand names covered by the recall include: Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. The dehumidifiers sold for $110 – $400, and were available in stores from 2005 to 2013. They were purchased from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Kmart, Menards, Sears and other stores in the U.S. and Canada. They were also available online from Amazon.

The complete list of brand names and model numbers covered by the recall, as well refund information, is available on the CPCS website.

To receive a refund consumers should contact Gree Electric at 866-853-22802 or online at www.greeusa.com.