Burn Risk from Massagers Leads to Recall of 400,000
Electric handheld massagers that massage your hands are becoming increasingly popular in pharmacies and you can end up spending up to $200 for the devices. However, a burn risk from massagers produced by HoMedics has resulted in the recall or more than 400,000 devices.
The massagers are being recalled due to the risk of electric shock and burn hazards.
According to reports, HoMedics has received 15 reports of burn injuries to consumers and 140 reports of sparks coming from devices, smoking or exposed wires.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said a cord can break close to the base of the massager and expose the wires.
The burn risk from massagers is clearly serious if 15 injuries have been reported. The extent of these injuries is unknown but electric shocks and burns can pose very serious injuries.
The massagers are sold in stores including Macy’s, Rite-Aid and Bed Bath & Beyond. The flawed devices were sold from Aug 2013 to Feb. 2017.
If you have one of these recalled massagers please stop using it and contact HoMedics for instructions on removing the cord and how to get a refund. The devices were made in China. The models that may pose a danger are HHP-375H, HHP-250 and the PA-MH-THP.
You can read more about these dangerous devices on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
Burn Risk From Massagers Poses a Safety Hazard
The scale of this massive recall reflects the dangers. In some cases, flames were reported to be coming out of the defective devices.
Every year, thousands of devices are recalled, ranging from cars to hand-held devices.
Last year, the recall of Samsung’s Note 7 smartphone made headlines across the world. Batteries in the devices were combusting, leading to a ban on flights. A Note 7 was even linked to a fire in an aircraft at Norfolk Airport.
In 2006, a similar issue led Dell to recall 4.1 million notebook computers due to a potential fire risk.
Hoverboards, one of the ‘must have’ items of 2015, were also linked to battery fires. Many makes were banned by retailers and 500,000 were recalled.
The automobile industry has been hit by numerous defects and recalls in recent years. Airbags on a wide-range of cars manufactured by Takata were found to have a defect that can lead to them exploding and killing or injuring drivers and passengers with shrapnel. The Takata recalls have been the largest in the history of the automobile.
If you believe your car is subject to a recall, enter your VIN number with SaferCar.gov.
If you have been injured by a dangerous product, drug or medical device, please call us at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.