WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with IKEA North America, of Conshohocken, Pa, is announcing a repair program that includes a free wall anchoring kit, for their MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of MALM 6- drawer chests, and other chests and dressers. The chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall.
IKEA received reports of two children who died after MALM chests tipped over and fell on them. Consumers should immediately stop using all IKEA children's chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches, unless they are securely anchored to the wall. The free wall anchoring kit should be used to secure MALM and other IKEA chests and dressers to the wall.
About 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers are part of the nationwide repair program.
CPSC and IKEA received a report that in February 2014, a 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pa. died after a MALM 6-drawer chest (48 3/8 inches high) tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed. CPSC and IKEA also received a report that in June 2014, a 23-month old child from Snohomish, Wash. died after he became trapped beneath a 3-drawer (30 ¾ inches high) MALM chest that tipped over. Neither chest had been secured to the wall. IKEA and CPSC have also received 14 reports of tip-over incidents involving MALM chests, resulting in four injuries. Since 1989, IKEA is aware of three additional reports of deaths from tip-overs involving other models of IKEA chests and dressers.
IKEA is offering U.S. consumers a wall anchoring repair kit free of charge for use with the MALM chests, IKEA children's chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches, and IKEA adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches. The kit contains replacement tip-over restraints for use by any consumer who has not secured their IKEA chest or dresser to the wall. The kit also includes complete wall anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels to be affixed to the furniture.
CPSC and IKEA are urging consumers to inspect their IKEA chests and dressers to ensure that they are securely anchored to the wall. Consumers should move unanchored chests and dressers into storage or other areas where they cannot be accessed by children until the chests and dressers are properly anchored to the wall.
The MALM chests that are part of the repair program were sold starting in 2002. The price of the chests range from about $80 to $200.
To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA retail store, go to www.IKEA-USA.com/
, or call (888) 966-4532.
A child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over, according to CPSC data. To help prevent injuries and deaths, CPSC and IKEA urge consumers to securely anchor furniture and TVs to prevent these tragedies and make their home a safer place. For more information, visit www.AnchorIt.gov and www.IKEA-USA.com/
Release Date: July 22, 2015
Release Number: 15-193
Appliance Manufacturer LG Agrees to Pay Maximum $1.825 Million Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Dehumidifiers
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., Ltd., and LG Electronics USA Inc. (LG), agreed to pay a maximum $1,825,000 civil penalty. The civil penalty agreement settles CPSC staff's charges that LG knowingly failed to report to CPSC, as required by federal law, a defect and an unreasonable risk of serious injury with several models of dehumidifiers. Fires caused by the defective dehumidifiers resulted in millions of dollars of property damage.
Due to a defective fan, the dehumidifiers overheated, smoked, melted or caught fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. Federal law required LG to report to CPSC immediately about a consumer product containing a defect that could create a substantial product hazard or presenting a risk of serious injury or death.
Starting in 2003, LG received dozens of reports of the dehumidifiers catching fire and causing extensive property damage to consumers' homes. By the time the dehumidifiers were recalled in 2012, LG was aware of 107 reports of incidents, with more than $7 million in property damage and three reports of smoke inhalation.
LG manufactured and imported about 795,000 of the defective dehumidifiers under the Kenmore brand name. The dehumidifiers were recalled in 2012 and the recall was reannounced in July 2013.
LG's conduct occurred before August 2009, at a time when a maximum civil penalty was $1.825 million. In addition to paying a civil penalty, LG has agreed to maintain a compliance program designed to ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act. Additionally, the Firm has agreed to maintain a related series of internal controls and procedures. The compliance program requires written standards, policies and procedures, including those designed to ensure that information that may relate to or impact CPSC compliance is conveyed effectively to personnel responsible for CPSC compliance. The compliance program also must address:
. Confidential employee reporting of compliance concerns to a senior manager with authority to act;
. Effective communication of compliance policies and procedures, including training;
. Senior management and responsibility for, and general board oversight of, compliance; and
. Requirements for record retention.
LG does not admit to CPSC staff's charges.
The penalty agreement has been accepted provisionally by the Commission by a vote of 4-1.
Recall Date: July 22, 2015
Recall Number: 15-192
GreenWorks Blower/Vacs Recalled by Sunrise Global Marketing Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
Name of Product: GreenWorks blower/vacs
Hazard: The blower/vac's motor can catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blower/vacs and contact Sunrise Global Marketing for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: GreenWorks toll free at (888) 909-6757 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.greenworkstools.com and click on Important Safety Notice for more information.
Units: About 14,000
Description: This recall involves GreenWorks 12 amp electric blower/vacs. The blower/vacs have a green motor housing and a black blower tube and restrictor nozzle. They measure 12 inches high and 34 inches long. Recalled blower/vacs have model number 24022 with a serial number between GWS0350001 through GWS2280500 or model number 24072 with a serial number between GWR1310001 through GWS2281100. The model number, serial number, "greenworks" and "ELECTRIC BLOWER/MULCHER WITH BAG" are printed on the side of the motor housing. Model 24022 has a two-speed switch. Model 24072 has a variable speed switch.
Incidents/Injuries: Sunrise Global Marketing has received three reports of the blower/vacs catching fire. No injuries have been reported.
Sold at: Menards, Magic Mart and Mowtown stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, atgstores.com, blishmize.com, build.com, chp.com, cpooutlets.com, globalindustrial.com, Greenworktools.com, hayneedle.com, homedepot.com,johnelandis.com, Kmart.com, Lowes.com, magicmartstores.com, maxtools.com, Menards.com, mowtownusa.com, overstock.com, powerequipmentdirect.com, reisshardware.com, samsclub.com, scotsco.com, Sears.com,seventhavenue.com, smithssc.com, Target.com, thehardwarecity.com, unbeatablesale.com,Walmart.
Importer: Sunrise Global Marketing LLC, of Mooresville, N.C., owns the GreenWorks brand
Manufactured in: China
Recall Date: July 22, 2015
Recall Number: 15-191
Teavana Recalls Glass Pitchers Due to Laceration and Burn Hazards
Name of Product: Tristan glass pitchers
Hazard: The glass pitchers can break or leak, posing laceration and/or burn hazards to consumers if filled with hot tea.
Remedy: Refund, Replace
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glass pitchers and return them to a Teavana store location (except for two stores: Columbia Mall, Columbia, Maryland, and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Texas) or contact Teavana for a free replacement 66 oz. infusion tea pitcher plus a $25 Teavana gift card or for a Teavana gift card for the purchase price plus tax.
Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/
Units: About 52,400 (in addition, 4,400 were sold in Canada)
Description: This recall involves 64 oz. Tristan glass pitchers for hot or cold tea. They have a glass handle, stainless steel infuser and a lid and base that are made of flexible black silicone. The pitchers measure about 12 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter. The Teavana logo is printed on the bottom. Style #30593000064 and SKU#11034874 are printed on the pitchers' box.
Incidents/Injuries: Teavana has received 50 reports of the glass pitchers breaking or leaking, including three reports of lacerations and two minor burns.
Sold exclusively at: Teavana stores nationwide and online at www.Teavana.com from May 2012 through June 2015 for about $50.
Importer: Teavana Corp., of Seattle, Wash.
Manufactured in: China
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/
Recall Date: July 22, 2015
Recall Number: 15-194
Cost Plus World Market Recalls Ronan Bistro Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
Name of Product: Ronan Bistro Chairs
Hazard: The rear metal legs can bend unexpectedly and cause the chair to become unbalanced, posing a fall hazard to the user.
Consumers should immediately stop using the Ronan Bistro chairs and return them to any Cost Plus World Market or World Market store for a full refund.
Units: About 9,200
Description: This recall involves metal Ronan Bistro chairs intended for outdoor use. The chairs measure 35 inches tall, have a slatted seat, a two horizontal slat back and were sold in antique white, lagoon blue and Poinciana (red). SKU number 502281, 502282 or 502283 is printed on the UPC sticker attached to the sales tag at the time of purchase.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of bent or fractured or torn rear chair legs. No injuries have been reported.
Sold exclusively at: Cost Plus World Market and World Market stores nationwide and online at www.worldmarket.com from February 2015 through May 2015 for about $60.
Distributor: Cost Plus Management Services Inc., of Oakland, Calif.
Manufactured in: China