In the United States, products are recalled when a large quantity of the units produced are deemed unsafe for consumers. Recalls can be issued by the manufacturer of the product or by the government. Once a product is recalled, the government or manufacturer will advise those who purchased the product on what steps they should take. Most of the time it is recommended that consumers do one of these three things:
- Throw the product away
- Return the product for replacement
- Return the product to be repaired.
Common recalled products include medication, medical supplies, auto parts, toys, food, and cosmetics. Below are five products that were recalled in the month of July.
- Polaris Snowmobiles
On July 16, 2020, recreational vehicle manufacturer Polaris recalled 41,200 snowmobiles due to a fire hazard. The snowmobiles fuel hose could be improperly secured which could pose a fire hazard to consumers. To remedy this defect, Polaris urges consumers to contact their nearest Polaris dealership and schedule an inspection to determine if a repair is needed.
- Lupin Pharmaceuticals
On July 8, 2020, pharmaceutical manufacturer Lupin pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary recall of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets. The tablets, which are meant to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, for having certain tested batches of the medication recording above the acceptable daily intake limit for the impurity N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is classified as a possible human carcinogen. Patients taking Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets are advised to continue taking their medication but will need to contact their pharmacist, physician or medical provider for advice regarding alternative treatment. More information can be found here.
- Crate and Barrel
On July 15, 2020, furniture retailer Crate and Barrel recalled 2,440 units of the Parke Twin and Full Bed due to a fall hazard. It is possible that the headboard of the unit can separate from the side rails, causing a fall hazard. Consumers of this product should immediately cease use of the bed and contact Crate and Barrel for a free replacement.
On July 15, 2020, natural health product corporation Nutraceutical recalled 14,000 units of Simplers Botanicals Wintergreen Essential Oil due to a packaging failure. The product fails to meet the child resistant packaging requirement which poses a risk of poisoning. Nutraceutical advises consumers of this product to immediately store the product in a safe place out of reach of children and to contact them for instructions on how to dispose of the defective product and receive a full refund.
- Lidl Grocery Stores
On July 8, 2020, grocery store Lidl recalled 1,840 units of the Silvercrest Bread Maker. The recall is due to a possible electric shock hazard when the lid of the bread maker becomes energized. Lidl advises that consumers who own this product immediately unplug the bread maker, cease using it and return it to their nearest Lidl grocery store for a full refund.