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.