Consumer products can be recalled in the United States when a large quantity of the product produced poses a danger to purchasers. There are two types of recalls, mandatory and voluntary. Nearly all the recalls a consumer will encounter will be voluntary, meaning the recall was not mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, voluntary recalls usually occur when the manufacturer or retailer of a product negotiates with the federal agency in charge of overseeing the safety of that product category.
There are three classes of recalls:
- Class I recalls are for products that could cause serious injury or death.
- Class II recalls are for products that could cause serious injury or temporary illness.
- Class III recalls are for products that are unlikely to cause injury or illness but violate Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.
Below are five products that were recalled in December of 2020.
- Anagrelide Capsules, USP
On December 9, 2020, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Anagrelide capsules, USP due to dissolution test failure detected during routine quality testing. Anagrelide capsules are used to treat the blood disorder, thrombocythemia, which occurs when the bone marrow makes too many platelets. Patients taking the Anagrelide capsules should contact their pharmacist or physician before discontinuing treatment as the risks to the patient’s health could be higher if treatment is stopped with no alternate treatment in place. More information can be found here.
- Honda Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles
On December 3, 2020, American Honda recalled 118,600 units of Honda Pioneer 700 and 1000 recreational off-Highway vehicles with electric power steering due to crash and injury hazards. Recreational off-highway vehicles can lose steering control which could lead to crashes and injuries. Consumers who own this product should cease use immediately and contact an authorized Honda Powersports dealer to schedule an appointment for a free inspection and repair. Honda is contacting all known owners of the off-highway vehicles directly. To date, there have been eight reports of recreational off-highway vehicles having either play in the steering or losing control of steering. No injuries have or accidents have been reported.
- Fiskars Brands 16 Foot Pole Saw
On December 9, 2020, Fiskars Brands recalled 467,680 units of their 16-foot extendable pole saw/pruners due to a laceration hazard. The telescoping poles of the saw/pruner can separate, causing the poles to come apart and fall down and the saw blade and pruner to drop which poses a laceration hazard. Consumers of this product should stop using it immediately and contact Fiskars Brands to receive instructions on how to destroy and dispose of the item in exchange for a full refund. To date, Fiskars Brands has received two reports of the poles separating and falling and two laceration injuries, both of which required stitches.
- Burley Child Bicycle Seats
On December 9, 2020, Burley recalled 780 units of the Dash X FM child bicycle seats due to a crash hazard. The Dash X FM’s reclining plate that holds the bicycle seat in place can detach, making the seat unstable and causing the bicycle rider to lose control which could result in a crash. Owners of the bicycle seat should stop using the seats and contact Burley to receive instructions on how to identify and dispose of the recalled child seat and how to obtain a free replacement. At this time, there have been no injuries or incidents reported.
- Graco Inclined Sleeper Accessory
On December 16, 2020, Graco recalled 51,000 units of the inclined sleeper accessory included with some of their products to prevent risks of infant suffocation. The inclined sleeper accessory is included with the:
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Day2Dream Playard with Bedside Sleeper
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Nuzzle Nest Playard
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Everest Playard
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Rock ‘n Glow Playard
The inclined sleeper accessory was recalled due to infant fatalities being reported with other manufacturers’ inclined sleep products after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained or under other conditions. Owners of these products should cease use immediately and contact Graco for a refund for the accessory. To date, there have been no accidents or injuries reported.