Q1 2021 Consumer Product Recalls Analysis
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Recalls Analysis
There were a total of 48 consumer product recall notices issued by CPSC in Q1 (January - March) 2021. A total of 12 (25%) of the CPSC recalls were carried out in conjunction with Health Canada.
Furniture accounted for 9 recall notices, including 4 recalls which pose the risk of injury, 3 recalls which present the hazard of falling, and 1 recall with a risk of tip over hazard. All-terrain vehicles accounted for 5 recall notices, primarily for crash hazard. Electrical products had a total of 5 recall notices, all of which were for fire hazard.
In total, there were 13 recalls for fire hazard, 11 recalls for injury hazard, and 6 recalls for poisoning hazard.
Highlighted below are some of the recalls:
Q1 2021 – CPSC
The candles high flames can ignite the surface of the wax, posing fire and burn hazards.
The mattresses fail to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard for mattresses, posing a fire hazard.
The recalled helmets were incorrectly advertised and marketed for children aged 2 years or older. However, the recalled helmets do not comply with minimum safety requirements for children younger than 5 and pose a risk of head injury to those children.
The nose piercings and body bars have elevated levels of nickel, posing a risk of skin irritation.
Paint on the red and blue magnet contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues. In addition, the product packaging lacks the required warning labels for magnets and balloons.
Health Canada Recalls Analysis
There were a total of 55 consumer product recall notices issued by Health Canada in Q1 (January - March) 2021.
Cannabis accounted for 9 recall notices, including 5 recalls for incorrect labeling, 3 recalls for posing mold hazards and 1 recall of cannabis vape pen for posing a burn hazard due to mechanical defect. Household items accounted for 7 recall notices, followed by chemical products, children’s jewelry and furniture, which each accounted for 5 recall notices separately.
There were 12 recalls for fire hazards, 9 recalls for labeling and 7 recalls for injury hazards. Highlighted below are some of the recalls:
Q1 2021 – Health Canada
Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program determined that the recalled jewelry contained lead and cadmium in excess of allowable limits.
Infant Sleep Sacks
The size of the neck opening is larger than what the standard in the UK permits, which may cause an infant to slide into the sleep sack, posing a suffocation hazard.
Children’s Sleep Set
Part of the screen print on the top (covered in glitter) has peeled off presenting a potential risk of choking.
Some of the products within the recalled lots may be contaminated with the microorganism Pluralibacter gergoviae.
The products lacked Canadian bilingual warning statement labels.
The fabric covering on a component can come loose and expose a sharp metal edge, posing a laceration hazard.
Outdoor Living - Tents
Tents were mislabeled as fire retardant, posing a fire hazard.