If You Use This in Your Backyard, You Need to Stop Now
A specific brand of this backyard staple is being recalled after a dangerous flaw was discovered.
We've all been spending a lot of time at home lately, and if you're lucky enough to have backyard space—the most coveted of all outdoor home features—chances are high you're trying to make the most of it now more than ever. But if you've recently added a fire pit table to make your backyard cozier, you need to check the product urgently due to an emergency recall. This week, one manufacturer of the popular item has issued a warning after major safety concerns were discovered. Read on to find out if your fire pit table is recalled, and for more hazards that could be in your house, know that If You Bought This at Walmart, Throw It Away Now.
The Oakmont LP Fire Tables, sold at Big Lots store locations and online, are the ones in question. According the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the issue appears to be that the composite rubber supply hose may come into contact—or close enough proximity—to the firebox part of the table, resulting in the hose melting, leaking, or igniting. Sunjoy Industries Co., Ltd, which manufactured the tables, has received 17 reports of incidents in which the hoses were incorrectly installed, with 12 of those igniting, leading to four reports of "minor property damage." One report has come through of a customer's hand being burned as a result of the malfunction.
The product retailed for around $480, and nearly 11,000 were sold between January and June of 2020. The fire pit tables in question are identified by item #A302001800 and SKU #810454612. Customers who have been affected should immediately stop using the fire pit, then register their faulty product with Sunjoy, and follow these instructions to cut the faulty hose. Sunjoy will then supply a free replacement burner kit and installation instructions. Read on for more recalls that should be on your radar, and if you're getting into the winter season early, be aware that If You Have This Candle at Home, Stop Using It Right Now.
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Anyone who uses a video-monitoring doorbell from Ring is trying to keep their home and family safe, but after a recent recall, it's come to light that these customers could unknowingly be putting themselves and their loved ones in danger. Ring LLC has received 85 incident reports of incorrect doorbell screws being installed with their second generation video doorbells, which has resulted in 23 incidents of the products igniting, causing both minor property damage and eight reports of minor burns to customers, the CPSC reported on Nov. 10. The recall specifically affects the second generation Ring doorbells with the model number 5UM5E5, sold between June 2020 and Oct. 2020. And for more fire hazards that could be in your home, know that This Common Household Item Has Been Recalled Over Fire Risk.
Homestead Creamery bottled beverages
A whole range of products from Homestead Creamery of Wirtz, Virginia, went through an error in the sanitization process, which raised the risk that the bottles in question could have a strong "sanitizer" odor that may affect the taste and quality of the drink. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) late October report, a "recall was initiated after it was discovered that product smelled like cleaning agent." The recall affects 21 Homestead Creamery products sold in 23 states, ranging from milk to chocolate milk to heavy cream to eggnog to lemonade, among other drinks. A full list of the affected products, with code numbers and best buy dates (which are located on the side of the bottle cap), can be found on the FDA's website. All of the affected products from Homestead Creamery are sold in returnable glass bottles.
"If you suspect you have purchased tainted goods, we encourage consumers to return those products to the retail store they purchased it from or discard the product," West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said in a statement. Despite the smell of cleaning agent, the issue poses no known risk to public health as of now and the FDA states that "no serious illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem." And for more up-to-date information delivered to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Yeti Rambler travel mugs
If you drink your morning coffee out of a reusable mug from the wildly popular company Yeti, you'll want to think twice before your next refill. The company announced a recall on Nov. 4 for some of its Rambler travel mugs due to potential injury and burn hazards. The issue is with the lid on Yeti's mugs, and the magnet slider that secures it. Customers have experienced the slider ejecting, causing the hot contents of the mug to spill out, potentially leading to burns. So far, Yeti has received two reports of the slider being ejected after the cup was filled with hot liquid, but thankfully no injuries have been reported at this time.
The recall is believed to apply to roughly 15,000 Yeti mugs of the 241,500 produced, and those in question are marked with the date code 34204010, which can be found on the inside rim of the base of the mug. A full list of the SKUs of affected products are on the CPSC's website. And if you have little ones at home, beware that Target Just Recalled 122,500 Pairs of Shoes For This Scary Reason.
Sunstar Americas mouthwash
At the end of October, Sunstar Americas, Inc. (SAI) voluntarily recalled its Paroex Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse USP mouthwash, due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia lata. Anyone who is "in possession of these products should stop using and dispensing immediately," the FDA warned. Though no "adverse events" had been reported at the time of the recall, the FDA noted that "in the most at-risk populations, the use of the defective product may result in life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and bacteremia." The full serial numbers of the affected batches of the mouthwash are available at the SAI site, but if you're looking at your bottle and see an expiration date from June 30, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2022, don't use it. And if you take medication for one common ailment, know that This Popular Prescribed Drug Has Just Been Recalled.