U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Recall Analysis

There were a total of 46 consumer products recall notices issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from October - December 2021. Notably, 10 recalls from Health Canada were done jointly with the CPSC.

Sports & Recreation accounted for 6 recall notices, mainly for fall and injury hazards. Furniture accounted for 5 recall notices, including laceration, strangulation, fall, lead poisoning, tip-over, and entrapment and/or risk of death. Appliances accounted for 5 notices, including fire and/or burn, tip-over, injury, and carbon monoxide poisoning hazards. All-terrain vehicles accounted for 4 recall notices, out of which 3 were injury, and 1 was fire and/or burn hazards. Children’s apparel accounted for 3 recall notices, 2 of which were related to choking hazards, and 1 for fire and/or burn hazards.

Additionally, there were 3 medical supplies and equipment recall notices, which were all for entrapment and/or risk of death hazards.

Highlighted below are some of the recalls relevant to Hardlines and Softlines products:

Q4 2021 – CPSC
Product Reason(s)
Children’s robes The children’s robes fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.
Children’s apparel The snaps on the romper can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Durable nursery products - Jogging strollers The stroller’s front wheel bearing can fail or detach, posing a fall and injury hazard.
Medical supplies & equipment – Bed assist handles and bed assist rail When attached to an adult’s bed, users can become entrapped within the bed rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious entrapment hazard and risk of death by asphyxiation.
Essential oil The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that bacteria in a recalled aromatherapy room spray in a Georgia melioidosis patient’s home genetically matches the bacterial strains in the patient, and three other patients in Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas. The bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei cause melioidosis, a condition that is difficult to diagnose and can be fatal. The Georgia and Kansas patients died.
Appliances - Gas water heaters The heater’s Emerson control valves can fail to close properly, causing soot to accumulate on the burner, posing a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to consumers.
Furniture Surface paint on the furniture contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint ban, posing a risk of lead poisoning. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.


Health Canada Recalls Analysis

Health Canada reported a total of 58 consumer product recall notices issued in Q4 (October – December) 2021.

An analysis of the product categories shows 23 recall notices for children’s apparel. Furniture items received 6 recall notices; additionally, products of the toy, appliance, electronic, and beauty/personal care categories each received 3 recall notices.

Based on the hazard categorization, there were 17 recall notices for fire/burn; 13 notices for strangulation; 6 notices for fall and injury; 5 notices for choking; and 3 notices for entrapment and injury hazards.

Highlighted below are some of the significant product categories:

Q4 2021 – Health Canada
Product Reason(s)
Children’s sleepwear Loose-fitting children’s sleepwear can contact ignition sources such as stove elements, candles, and matches more readily than tight-fitting sleepwear, and once ignited will burn rapidly, potentially resulting in severe burns to large areas of the child’s body.
Children’s upper outerwear Drawstrings at the hood and neck area pose a strangulation hazard.
Durable nursery products (stroller, baby walker) Design of the products pose risk for fall and injury.
Plush toys Toys do not meet Canadian safety requirements and may pose a choking hazard.
Turbo racers and playsets with wooden roof Children are at risk of getting entrapped between the lower part of the roof structure and bottom of the gable decoration.
Glass knobs The glass stem of the knob can break during use posing a laceration hazard.



For questions, please contact Harini Ramaswamy (harini.ramaswamy@intertek.com, +1 847 871 1047), Dr. Stella Xingyu Li (xingyu.li@intertek.com, +1 503 351 9612 ) or Dr. Pratik Ichhaporia (pratik.ichhaporia@intertek.com , +1 847 212 8273).

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