Seeking unique or unusual appliances such as wall-mounted fireplaces and outdoor steel fireplaces? Don’t begin your search at a home improvement store. For crying out loud, start by examining the list of recalled appliances at the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Yes, friends, it’s that time of the month to evaluate the latest voluntary recalls by manufacturers who should have pumped more time and energy into R & D and less into marketing.
Regular readers of this blog know how the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) spares homeowners the agony of buying products that blow up, catch fire or take out an eye. This March roundup of recalled items is unique: it includes both indoor and outdoor fireplaces that, well, give you more heat than you bargained on.
Fireplaces that sizzle
Sunjoy has issued a voluntary recall on some 20,000 U.S. and 400 Canadian versions of its Freestanding Steel Outdoor Fireplace. The CPSC has received reports of 14 incidences where the decorative powder coat finish on the outdoor wood-burning fireplaces caught fire. Read more about the Garden Treasures Living fireplace.
Nailing the dismount
While we’re talking fireplaces, consider this month’s recall of some 6,000 Colin Cowie Gel-Fuel Wood Fireplaces. These unique appliances are wall mounted and the manufacturer has received complaints from more than 20 consumers that watched in horror as the plastic mounting screws bent in the heat and the fireplaces plunged from the wall. The Chinese-made fireplaces were sold on Home Shopping Network between October and November 2010 for about $250.
Is it safe?
If you’re one of the 63,100 consumers who have installed Stanley 6K and 7KC series Medium Duty Locksets, don’t buy a wall-mount fireplace! Latches in these Stanley Locksets have a tendency to stick, with at least one consumer reporting that they were trapped in their house.
Feel the surge
Some 2,500 Sanus Elements Surge Protectors have been recalled due to shock hazards. Most were sold to consumers seeking protection for their home theatre systems. The recall is for model ELM205 low-profile power conditioners or surge protectors.
(Note to manufacturers: Just stop it!)