We recently posted about ten of the most prolific fire safety recalls which happened over the past several decades. That was just the tip of the iceberg. There are recalls due to fire safety hazards all the time, and we think it’s best to keep you informed on a regular basis regarding such instances. Unless you've been living under a rock over the past couple of years, you've most likely heard about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 being completely recalled due to battery overheating issues. The phones were a fire hazard and Samsung did the right thing. You also probably heard about hoverboards exploding and being recalled, as well as being banned from being brought on airplanes. Here are four recent fire safety recalls from just the past month or so (January-February 2017).
Mickey Mouse Nightlights
About 3,000 Mickey Mouse Nightlights were recalled by The Walt Disney Co. due to fire hazard concerns. The nightlight features Mickey Mouse wearing a Santa hat. Said hat is filled with liquid and glitter, and the liquid has the possibility of leaking, causing a fire hazard if the liquid comes into contact with an electrical outlet. Already, two incidents have been reported. This is incredibly dangerous, as these are generally used in children’s bedrooms. Use of this nightlight should cease immediately, and anyone who owns one should request a refund at the number 844-722-1444 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to the “Safety Recall” page at the bottom of the site www.disneyparks.com.
More than 100 Aventador supercars were recalled by Lamborghini in Australia due to the possibility of them catching fire. The hazard may occur if the fuel tank is overfilled, causing the gases and fuel vapors to make contact with the exhaust. This is the second time in the past five years that Lamborghini put out a fire safety recall warning.
Not only Lamborghini is having fire safety issues. The Audi A5 and Q5 have internal issues which can lead to overheating and potentially a fire. Specifically, the A5 Cabriolet and Q5 SUVs which have the 2.0-liter TFSI engine are being recalled. This includes a total of nearly 350,000 vehicles. The electric cooling pumps within the vehicles might be susceptible to getting blocked with debris. This could potentially lead to overheating and fires. The recall is expected to begin on February 20th.
HP Laptop Batteries
Over 100,000 laptop batteries are being recalled by HP due to being a potential fire hazard. The batteries have overheating issues which could damage the computers and potentially cause a fire. The batteries being recalled are black and have the barcodes 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL, or 6EBVA on the back of the battery. There has already been one report of a laptop catching fire in Canada and eight reports in the United States.
Always be aware of any recalls of electronic devices that you own. Saying “I own product x, and it’s been recalled, but nothing could possibly happen to me” is not the smartest way to go. Contact the company and remove the fire hazard from your home. Your life and your family members' lives aren’t worth owning the newest smartphone. Have you had to return something due to a fire safety recall? What was it? Sound off in the comments section down below.
Barak Bacharach, SkySaver Content Manager