Defective products are commonly thought to affect primarily vehicles, but relatively every product sold to consumers can be involved in a product recall due to dangerous defects. While automobile recalls have become very common recently, toys and other household items are often recalled due to safety concerns as well. In January of 2015, CR Brands recalled popular household cleaning products because of a mislabeling issue.
Approximately 83,800 Mean Green cleaner and degreaser products were included in the recall because their labels claimed that the products were ammonia free. Unfortunately, it was discovered that the products may contain ammonia after the products were sold to consumers. While this may seem insignificant, this mislabeling issue could potentially pose a chemical hazard to users of the recalled cleaning products. Toxic gases can be produced when certain household chemicals, such as bleach, are mixed with ammonia. Because the labels claim that the products are ammonia-free, consumers may combine usage of those cleaners with bleach, posing a possible irritation.
The specific products being recalled are the Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser, as well as the Mean Green Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser. The date codes included on the recalled bottles are 4225-4230 and can be found below the label on the cleaner bottles. These products would have been purchased from a variety of popular retail locations between August and November of 2014, including but not limited to:
- Dollar Tree
- Dollar General
- Family Dollar
While no injuries have been reported as a result of this cleaner recall, consumers who believe they are using products included in the defective batch should cease use immediately.