Recalled Products in November 2021
Each year, thousands of products are recalled due to risks they pose to consumers. While any product can be recalled, common types of recalled products are:
• Vehicles and automobile parts
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), which regulates more than 15,000 types of consumer products, monitors reports regarding injuries or fatalities related to consumer goods. While the CPSC has the authority to recall products, most recalls are voluntarily conducted by the manufacturer or distributor of the product with the CPSC assisting the manufacturer or distributor in notifying consumers. The CPSC posts all product recall announcements on their website, below are three consumer products that were recalled in November of 2021.
1. Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy Room Spray
On November 2, 2021, Walmart recalled 3,900 units of its Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones due to the presence of a rare and dangerous bacteria. The CDC has confirmed that bacteria in the spray in a melioidosis patient’s home genetically matches the bacterial strains in the patient and three other patients. The bacteria, Burkholderia Pseudomallei causes melioidosis, a condition that can be fatal. The CDC has been investigating a cluster of four cases of melioidosis, including two deaths. Samples taken by the CDC from a bottle of the Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Spray found the presence of the dangerous bacteria. The CDC has confirmed that the spray or one of its ingredients caused the four melioidosis infections.
The spray was sold at 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at Walmart.com from February 2021 through October 2021. The spray was sold with a pump spray nozzle in the following scents and product numbers:
• 84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Lavender & Chamomile
• 84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Lemon and Mandarin
• 84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Lavender
• 84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Peppermint
• 84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Lime & Eucalyptus
• 84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Sandalwood and Vanilla
Consumers are urged to cease use of this product immediately, double bag the product and place it in a small cardboard box and return it to a Walmart store for a full refund and a $20 gift card. Consumers are also urged to take extra precautions such as washing linens that the spray came into contact with, wiping down surfaces that were exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner, minimize handling of the product and wash hands thoroughly after handling the bottle or linens, and to was hands thoroughly after removing gloves. To date, four cases of melioidosis have been diagnosed and two deaths including a child fatality.
2. AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress
On November 18, 2021, Amazon Services LLC recalled 15,300 units of its AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattresses due to a violation of a federal flammability standard. The mattresses fail to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard for mattresses, which is a fire hazard. The recalled mattresses were 10” and 12” and were manufactured in twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. The mattresses were sold on Amazon.com from April 2020 through March 2021. Amazon is contacting all known purchasers directly and is arranging direct shipment of a cover for consumers to place over the mattress that will bring it to compliance. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.
3. Impex Fitness Olympic Dumbbell Handles
On November 23, 2021, Impex Fitness recalled 77,200 units of its Olympic Dumbbell Handles due to an impact injury hazard. The locking collars on the dumbbell handles can slip, dropping weights when held perpendicular to the floor, which could lead to an impact injury. The recall involves the OBB-20 Olympic Dumbbell handles which can be used with any olympic-size weight plates in any configuration. The dumbbell handles are chrome in color and finish and comes with two locking collars in black. The dumbbell handles were sold at Dicks Sporting Goods stores nationwide and online at www.dickssportinggoods.com from July 2015 through July 2021. Consumers are advised to cease use of the handles immediately and contact Impex Fitness to receive a free replacement set of new locking collars. To date, Impex Fitness has received four reports of locking collars that slipped. No injuries have been reported.