#RecallRoundup: October 2017
From faulty wood chippers to malfunctioning scuba gear, October 2017 had some scary, Halloween-worthy recalls! Let’s take a look at some of this month’s spookiest recalls:
Straight Out of a Horror Movie
The idea of being dozens of feet below the water and suddenly finding yourself unable to breath in truly frightening. That’s why Diving Unlimited International, a company out of California, is recalling its scuba diving regulators. The regulator is the part of the scuba tank that attaches to the valve, controlling the air pressure. When the regulator malfunctions, it could pose a drowning risk. Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities have occured, but there have been three reports of malfunctions during use. So if you’re a diver who is looking to check out some of our state’s amazing underwater scenery, check your regulator’s model number before diving in.
Wood chippers and other machines with sharp, fast-moving blades are a staple of gory thrillers, so John Deere’s recall of its Frontier wood chipper might be bringing up some horrifying images. The recall was issued because the wood chipper’s blades can break. John Deere is offering free repairs. They are also taking the extra precaution of contacting buyers directly and urge consumers to stop using the product immediately.
While it’s tempting to eat nothing but candy in October, hopefully you remembered to get some veggies this month! But before digging in to a healthy meal, you might want to check the labeling on your processed vegetable products — Mann Packing is recalling a variety of its products, which were sold under various brand names, over listeria fears. Listeria results in food poisoning symptoms, including fevers, nausea, and diarrhea. For pregnant women, elderly people, or people with compromised immune systems, listeria can lead to potentially fatal complications.
The processed vegetables were sold under many different brand names, including Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Meijer, and Archer Farms. The potentially-tainted packages have a “best if used by date” of October 11 to October 20.
October 2017 contains some other unique recalls, including ottomans, tartar sauce, and male enhancement products. The recalls this month are an important reminder than any product can be dangerous if it has a defect, and that food recalls shouldn’t be our only focus.
For a complete list of all October 2017 recalls, visit the website of the Food and Drug Administration, or check out Consumer Affairs. If you own a recalled product, visit the product or company’s website for further instruction, and read our past blog on dealing with a product recall.
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