1.9 Million Yeti Coolers Sold at Dick's Sporting Goods and Ace Hardware Recalled

The recalled products have been available for purchase since 2018.

Yeti has cultivated a cult of loyal followers over the years. Consumers often hype up the durability and high-performance of the company's products, but if you're someone who has bought into the Yeti craze, you should check your collection right now. A new recall is impacting 1.9 million Yeti coolers that were sold at popular sports stores like Dick's Sporting Goods and Ace Hardware. Read on to find out if you have a recalled product and if so, what you should do.

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Yeti has recalled nearly two million coolers.

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Yeti Coolers LLC is sounding the alarm on some of its products. The Texas-based company has just initiated a recall for 1.9 million of its soft coolers and gear cases, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced in a March 9 press release. According to the agency, this recall involves several different Yeti products: the Hopper M30 Soft Cooler 1.0 and 2.0, the Hopper M20 Soft Backpack Cooler, and the Sidekick Dry Gear Case.

"The recalled coolers and gear cases were sold in a variety of colors and with the brand name YETI displayed on the front," the CPSC stated in its announcement. "A hang tag with the product name is attached to the coolers and gear cases."

A magnet issue is impacting the coolers.

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The recalled Yeti coolers and gear cases all feature a "main-pocket closure lined with high-powered magnets, which are enclosed in a heat-sealed plastic strip," the CPSC said. But according to the agency, these magnets aren't holding up as intended. So far, Yeti has received 1,399 reports of the magnet-lined closures degrading or failing. Some of these reports include missing or detached magnets, which could result in a potential magnet ingestion hazard—although no magnet ingestions or injuries have been reported to Yeti yet.

"The magnet-lined closures can fail and result in detached magnets, posing a risk of serious injury or death if ingested," the CPSC warned in its announcement. "When two or more high-powered magnets are swallowed, the ingested magnets can attract to each other, or to another metal object, and become lodged in the digestive system. This can result in perforations, twisting and/or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning and death."

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These products were sold at Dick's Sporting Goods and Ace Hardware.

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Products impacted by the recall were being sold all the way up until the beginning of this year. From March 2018 to Jan. 2023, they were available to purchase at several sports stores nationwide, including Dick's Sporting Goods and Ace Hardware. Best Life has reached out to these two retailers for comment on the recall but has not yet heard back.

The recalled Yeti items were sold at the both company's brick-and-mortar stores, their websites, and on Amazon. The SideKick Dry Gear Case retailed for about $5, while the Hopper M20 Soft Backpack Cooler cost $325, and the Hopper M30 Soft Cooler 1.0 and 2.0 went for between $300 and $350.

You should contact Yeti to receive a replacement.

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Check your Yeti collection as soon as possible to determine if yours needs to be discarded. "We ask all customers currently in possession of the Hopper M20, Hopper M30 and SideKick Dry to immediately stop use of these products," Yeti said in a separate announcement on its website. According to the CPSC, consumers should contact the company to receive a replacement product or a full refund.

Yeti's website has a form you can fill out to choose whether you would like one of the company's suggested replacement products or a full refund provided in the form of a Yeti gift card. The company is offering its Tundra 45 Hard Cooler as a replacement for the recalled Hopper M20 Backpack coolers; its Hopper Flip 18 Soft Cooler for the recalled Hopper M30 Cooler 1.0; its Tundra 65 Hard Cooler for the recalled Hopper M30 Cooler 2.0; and its Daytrip Lunch Box or Daytrip Lunch Bag for the recalled SideKick Dry Gear Case.

"Upon submission we will provide you with a prepaid shipping label and packaging material for you to return your product," Yeti stated on its website. "Refunds (in the form of Yeti gift cards) and/or replacement products will be sent only after Yeti's receipt and validation of recalled products."

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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