At Jones & Swanson, it is our goal to keep readers informed of the
most recent product recalls in an effort to lower the number of injuries
sustained as a result of dangerous products. Recently, two unrelated,
yet equally dangerous, product defects were discovered in items that may
affect your home or loved ones.
First, Calhoun, Georgia’s Mohawk Industries Inc. announced a recall
affecting more than 100,000
rugs sold in the United States. The specific type of rug included in the
recall is the “Altitude Gold shag rug”, which comes in numerous
sizes, including 59” x 84”, 72” x 120”, 84”
x 120”, 24” x 36”, and 24” x 48”. The recalled
rugs are gold in color and are made of polyester. While no injuries or
deaths have been reported as a result of these defective rugs, the product
fails to meet federal safety standards for flammability. This means that
these shag rugs could pose a fire danger if located in your home. They
were sold at
Home Depot between August 2013 and September 2014 in the price range of $20-$247.
If you’re not sure whether your rug is included in the recall, look
for a label on the underside of the rug with “Altitude Gold”,
the size, and SKU number printed on it. A complete list of affected rug
SKU numbers can be found at
www.cpsc.gov. In the event that you purchased one of these rugs, you should contact
Mohawk at 877-737-8343 immediately.
The second recalled product that we feel may pose a danger to your home
or family members is the Philips Lifeline non-breakaway neck cord Help
Button. These Help Button pendants are worn around the neck by many elderly
and disabled citizens as a safety precaution in case of a fall or injury.
These products have been marketed to provide extra safety, especially
for those living alone that may need emergency assistance quickly. Unfortunately,
three versions of the Philips Lifeline products have been deemed unsafe
due to strangulation risks. Because the cords are not equipped with breakaway
features, they can cause strangulation if entangled or caught on a walker,
wheelchair, or other object. So far, two reports of deaths have been said
to possibly be related since 2009, both in Canada. The three models included
in the product recall are the Lifeline AutoAlert Personal Help Button,
Classic Personal Help Button and the Slimline Personal Help Button. More
than 100,000 units are said to have been distributed before 2011 in Canada.
If you or a loved one use one of these products that does not have the
breakaway neck cord, you should contact
Philips Lifeline Canada immediately to order a replacement cord.