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Ring Doorbells Are Being Recalled for This Frightening Reason

It turns out this popular home safety product may not actually be all that safe.

Technology has made protecting your home a lot easier these days, with alarm systems and video doorbells that sync with your smartphone, allowing you to constantly monitor your house when you're not there. But it turns out, the one thing you're using to keep your home safe from intruders could be posing a different danger itself. Some hugely popular Ring doorbells are being recalled after multiple reports that they can catch on fire. Read on to find out more about this recall and for another dangerous item in your home, know that If You Bought This at Walmart, It Could Make You Sick.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ring LLC has received 85 incident reports of incorrect doorbell screws being installed with their video doorbells, which have resulted in 23 Ring doorbells igniting, causing both minor property damage and eight reports of minor burns to users.

As a result, Ring has recalled about 350,000 of its second generation video doorbells in the U.S. and an additional 8,700 units sold in Canada. The recall specifically affects the second generation Ring doorbells with the model number 5UM5E5, sold from June 2020 through Oct. 2020. Consumers can check to see if their doorbell is affected by the recall by entering the serial number on Ring's website.

The company simply says that consumers with affected Ring doorbells "should immediately stop installing the recalled video doorbells and contact Ring for revised installation instructions," adding that "if the doorbell is installed correctly, there is no risk to consumers or potential hazard present."

In the company's updated instructions, Ring provides a visible warning related to the issue with the screws. It warns users not to use "any screw other than the included short security screws" when securing their doorbell to its bracket. If you don't use these specific screws, Ring warns customers that they could "damage the battery during installation, create a fire hazard, and be seriously injured."

Ring doorbells are not the only thing you need to be worried about in your home, however. For more recent recalls that may affect you, read on, and for a toxic product that could be lurking in your bathroom, know that If You Use This Mouthwash, Get Rid of It Right Now.

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Kali Coleman
Kali Coleman is a Senior Editor at Best Life. Her primary focus is covering news, where she often keeps readers informed on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and up-to-date on the latest retail closures. Read more
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