Home product recall roundup: Winter edition


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Here on HellaWella, we like to bestow upon you the newest and greatest in healthy living. But sometimes we may need to throw some items into the mix that are not so winning. Which is why we now present the first installment of the “Home product recall roundup.” Today’s edition: winter merchandise.

Navien Tankless Water Heaters

Risk: Carbon monoxide poisoning. The Navien Instantaneous or Tankless Water Heaters’ unstable connection can cause the vent collar to separate or detach if pressure is applied.

Sold at: Wholesale distributors to in-home installers nationwide from February 2008 through March 2009 for between $1,500 and $2,100.

Do I own this?
Navien tankless hot water heaters are white with ìT-Creatorî and ìNAVIENî printed on the front. Recalled model numbers are CR-180(A), CR-210(A), CR-240(A), CC-180(A), CC-210(A) and CC-240(A) manufactured in 2008.

What do I do?
Stop using and contact Navien to schedule a free repair.

Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

Risk: Crash potential, due to the headlamp fuse, which can fail.

Sold at: Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide from May 2011 through September 2011 for about $10,500 to $13,000.

Do I own this?
The recalled snowmobiles have the last six numerals of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the following ranges: 105092 through 112175 or 800001 through 800033.

What do I do?
Stop using the snowmobile and contact your local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer for a free repair. Arctic Cat has notified owners directly by mail.

Hamilton Beach Toasters

Risk: Fire hazard. When the Hamilton Beach classic chrome 2-slice toaster is first plugged in, the heating element can be energized although the toaster lifter is in the up or off position, which can pose a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.

Sold at: Mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide from August 2011 through November 2011 for between $19 and $34. In addition, some of these toasters were sent to consumers as replacements for model 22600 toasters recalled in June 2011.

Do I own this?
Check for model 22602 toasters. The model number is printed on the bottom of the toaster.

What do I do?
Stop toasting and contact the firm to obtain a free replacement toaster.

Nautilus Schwinn Elliptical
(Although this is more of a New Year’s resolution-related recall, detaching elliptical foot plates seem worth noting.)

Risk: Fall hazard. During use, the foot plates can detach or break.

Sold at: Nautilus.com, Amazon.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods, AAFES, specialty fitness retailers and specialty sporting goods stores nationwide between July 2008 and May 2011 for about $1,000.

Do I own this?
Check if your elliptical exercise trainer has the model name Schwinn 460.

What do I do?
Stop using the recalled models and contact Nautilus for a free repair kit that includes an extended warranty.

ANPR for Gel Fuels, Firepots to Address Flash Fire, Burn Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to improve the safety of gel fuels and firepots.

A number of injuries and deaths have occurred due to these products. The CPSC knows of 65 incidents between April 2010 and September 2011, which have resulted in two deaths and at least 34 second and third degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs.

The ANPR invites written comments from the public regarding the risks of injury and ways to address these risks. Following publication of the ANPR in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days to provide comments to the Commission. Comments can be submitted at regulations.gov.

Don’t forget to stop using recalled items immediately. And click here for some more winter-related recalls.