Product recalls are not something to be taken lightly. Usually, they’re put into place by trade associations or government agencies to protect customers from faulty items. More often, they’re announced in response to injuries or deaths caused caused by a defect. Click or tap to learn more about the Takata airbag recall, one of the biggest high-profile recalls in recent history.
But when a recall hits less expensive consumer products, the situation can get a little hairy. Cheaper products are easier to buy — which means they end up in more hands and have the potential to harm more people. Now, two sets of popular accessories are being recalled across North America for burn and fire hazards.
These items are common and can be purchased from a variety of outlets like Amazon and gift shops around the U.S. and Canada. If you bought either of these products at some point, here’s why you might want to get rid of them.
Popular promotional mug recalled
According to a new recall alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, mugs produced by company Hit Promotional Products have been found to crack or shatter when exposed to heat, which can result in severe burns and lacerations.
The risks posed by these mugs are significant. Since they’re designed to handle hot coffee, their specific purpose puts them at risk of shattering. This is made worse by the fact that the bottoms of the mugs are a special kind of ceramic that isn’t held together with additional glaze or paint.
The recalled mugs have been printed with a variety of logos and designs, and come from multiple sources. If your mug has the distinctive speckled gray bottom, you should replace it as soon as possible.
Michaels recalls mobile phone charger keychains
Michaels is one of the biggest arts and crafts chains in the country, so it’s a big deal when one of its products are recalled. These keychains were designed to be mobile charging stations that let you charge your phone on the go — but it seems an unstable lithium-ion battery is behind multiple incidents of the products catching fire.
Battery fires are a severe enough issue for companies like Samsung to issue recalls of their products. Click or tap to learn more about the recall on Samsung’s ill fated Galaxy S7.
These keychains have a risk factor beyond their batteries: the tassels. Tassels may add a cute flair to the charger, but their placement combined with the material they’re made of makes them a huge fire hazard.
Unlike the mugs, these recalled items can be refunded by Michaels. All you need to do is visit the company’s product recall page, which also contains information on other Michaels recalls.
For information on another flammable product you might have in your home, click or tap here.