September 2019 Consumer Product Recalls Analysis
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Recalls Analysis
In September 2019, there were 18 recall notices issued for consumer products by the CPSC, a 30% decline from August. One-third of the recalls (six notices) were carried out by the CPSC in conjunction with Health Canada.
Furniture, Patio & Garden, Personal Care and Recreational Off-road Utility Vehicles (ROVs) each accounted for 11% of the recalls. We’ve highlighted some of the recalls relevant for the softlines and hardlines industries below.
|September 2019 – CPSC|
|Clothing – Children’s Loungewear||The loungewear failed to meet the federal flammability standard for children’s sleepwear|
|Collectible – Helmets||Mold can be present on the fabric insert inside the helmet, posing a risk of respiratory or other infections in individuals with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mold|
|Durable Nursery Products – Children’s Bunk Beds||The bunk bed’s support boards can break, posing fall and injury hazards|
|Furniture – Chests||The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children|
|Furniture – Workstations||The recalled workstation’s arm can break and cause the workstation to fall, posing a risk of injury|
|Sports/ Fitness – Safety Goggles in Dodgeball Game Set||The goggles contain glass lenses, posing a laceration hazard if shattered.|
|Toys – Plush Dolls||A sewing needle was discovered in the stuffing of one of the handmade knit dolls, posing a puncture injury hazard|
Read more: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls
Health Canada Recalls Analysis
In September 2019, there were 20 recall notices issued for consumer products by Health Canada, which was the same as the number of recall notices issued for consumer products in each of the previous two months (July & August 2019).
There were five recalls for toys, three recalls were for slimes that contained boric acid above threshold allowed by the Toys Regulations. We’ve highlighted some of the recalls relevant for softlines and hardlines industries below.
|September 2019 – Health Canada|
|Clothing – Children’s Sleepsuit||The sleepsuit has leg openings and does not meet flammability requirements for children's sleepwear under the Canadian law|
|Furniture – Workstations||The dynamic arm of workstation may fail causing the monitor and keyboard to fall, posing a risk of injury|
|Sports/ Fitness – Safety Goggles in Dodgeball Game Set||The goggles contain glass lenses, posing a laceration hazard if shattered|
|Toys – 3 Slime Toys||The toys do not meet the Canadian toy safety requirements related to boric acid content|
|Toys – Bath Toy||The bath toys could break and create a sharp point, posing a laceration or choking hazard|
|Toys – Ride-on Toy||The battery chargers bear an unauthorized certification mark. It is unknown if the battery chargers are in compliance with the applicable safety standard|
EU RAPEX Recall Analysis
In September 2019, there were 94 relevant product recall alerts issued through the EU’s Rapid Alert System (RAPEX), a 30% increase from 65 recalls issued in the previous month. Toys accounted for the majority of product recalls with 58, followed by clothing & accessories with 21 recalls, decorative items with 7 recalls, childcare articles with 5 recalls, protective equipment with 2 recalls and sports & hobby equipment with 1 recall. We’ve highlighted the recalled product categories and hazards below.
|September 2019 – EU RAPEX|
|Childcare Articles||There were recalls for infant cots and potential injuries because they did not meet the requirements of European standard EN 716; for sharp edges on a child’s training toilet; unsecured straps on child carriers, which does not meet European Standard EN 13209; and one for a non-compliant child car seat|
|Clothing and Fashion Accessories||The majority of recalls were for drawstrings that do not meet the requirements of EN 14682; also chemical recalls due to excessive chromium VI level in children’s leather sandals; recalls for Azo dyes in a T-shirt; phthalates in false nail adhesive; and non-compliant jewellery items for cadmium content and nickel release|
|Decorative Items||The recalls were for refrigerator magnets that resemble food and are considered to be a choking hazard|
|Hobby and Sports Equipment||The recall was for a lifejacket that did not meet the requirements of European standard EN ISO 12402|
|Toys||There were 15 recalls this month due to small components that present choking hazards; 3 for battery-operated toys where the solder on the battery contacts was found to have excessive lead content and also cadmium in some cases, and is considered as an environmental hazard; 2 recalls were due potential sight damage – one from a projectile and one from an LED; 1 recall was due to high sound pressure levels that may cause damage to hearing. The majority of chemical failures were due to phthalate content in toy items (23 recalls), while others were for boron content in ‘slime’ type toys (4 recalls), and additional recalls due to lead content, cadmium content and also accessible batteries.|