With every year that passes, consumer products get taken off the market. Even when a product may comply with regulations and pass industry inspections, sometimes a situation happens that reveals the product to be more dangerous than first assumed. Those situations are typically injuries, poisonings, and in tragic cases, deaths.
When this happens, and the products are to blame, they are recalled by manufacturers to keep the public safe. Then it’s a race against time to get the news out to the people who bought those products, so they realize the potential danger and get rid of the item. Often, there are class action lawsuits and compensations that are handed to the manufacturer on behalf of those affected.
That’s why we have this rundown of the most dangerous consumer products that have been sold in the US, then recalled in 2021. Here you’ll learn all about product recalls, the most recalled products, which hazards are most common, and which manufacturing countries register the most dangerous products.
We are referencing some very specific instances in this guide, along with covering some legal concepts, so we have linked to supporting materials where appropriate.
Why Some Products Get Recalled
Before we get into the specific products and situations that happened in 2021, let’s make sure everybody understands what product recalls are and why some products get recalled.
When a product is identified as being defective or unsafe, it will either be voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer or forcibly recalled by a regulatory body. The authorities differ across countries but, in the USA, that would be the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
While recalls can happen for any defective feature in the product, the recall process can be expensive. That’s why the most publicized product recalls are for serious conditions where there isn’t any other option. They can also be damaging to a company’s reputation. That’s why recalls are most often accompanied by a PR campaign that aims to be transparent but leaves onlookers with a positive impression of the company going forward.
Most product recalls fall into four groups:
1. Safety Issues
Products may be recalled due to safety concerns surrounding the product. Without causing direct injury or poisoning, both of which we’ve covered in more detail below, products with safety issues may have a malfunction or unforeseen effect on their environment.
For example, a product that is electrically flawed and can shock somebody or burst into flames poses a grave safety issue even if nobody has been harmed from it yet. Such concerns have been documented with smartphone chargers and other apparatus that get plugged into power supplies, like vaping devices.
Injuries are more serious than generalized safety issues. These are where there have been recorded cases of, or a demonstrable risk of, bodily harm occurring during the standard use of the product.
This can be as simple as the product falling over, where it can collide with somebody, or maybe the product uses mechanical parts that can maim. This includes choking on or ingesting small parts of a product, which is common with small children. This is why packaging that contains small parts has warnings about choking hazards at every available opportunity.
If there are enough cases and enough attention brought to those cases, relatively minor injuries can trigger a product recall. Unfortunately, injuries can and do maim and kill consumers across the USA, which triggers product recalls ASAP.
Physical injury isn’t the only threat a product can pose to its consumers. Many modern products are made from plastics and other chemicals that bestow a certain property or color onto the item. Sometimes, the chemicals pose a threat to consumers who interact with the product.
As you’d expect, most of these are related to the ingestion of certain chemicals or chemical residues after contact with the item. Naturally, this is devastating if the item in question is consumable. In more serious cases, just skin contact or breathing in the substance is found to be harmful.
Fortunately, product recalls that come from a concern of poisoning don’t often result in debilitation or deaths for those involved. However, like with injury, there are rare cases where the poisoning is so potent that it proves fatal to human beings. In those cases, a mandatory product recall is pursued with immediate effect.
4. Poisoning Of Animals
Just because a product isn’t poisonous to human beings, that doesn’t mean it’s safe for everybody in the household. With American culture placing much significance on household pets, products are often recalled for poisoning domesticated animals in the household.
We keep many things in the home that are toxic to dogs, cats, and birds, but some products are poisonous even when they are expected to come into contact with our pets. That is when a recall of those products will take place.
Naturally, this is common for foods and other consumables that are discovered to be harmful to the animals’ health. Most cases are often managed by the Food & Drug Administration, such as this year’s Sportmix aflatoxins story.
Top 10 Recalled Products By Number Of Injuries
Now that we understand what a product recall is and how products get recalled, let’s go into more detail about the cases we have seen in 2021. First, let’s start with the top ten dangerous consumer products that have caused the most injuries.
Joy/JM-Branded My Little Steamer & My Little Steamer Go Mini
The product recall that stemmed from the most injuries involved a series of handheld steamers under the Joy/JM brand. They were recalled on the 26th of May 2021, under recall number 21-138, with the remedy being a refund for those who received defective models. Defective units were sold between January 2018 to December 2020, though a partial refund is available for units received between January 2015 to December 2017.
Approximately 5,400,000 units were sold in the US with a further 14,300 being sold in Canada. Both sizes of the product were affected, the My Little Steamer and the My Little Steamer Go Mini, and the affected models had triangular or flat steamer heads.
HSN received 227 reports of burns that resulted from hot water spraying or leaking from the models. Unfortunately, nearly half of those incidents included burn injuries (106). 8 of them were second-degree burns while 6 of them were serious third-degree burns.
UPPAbaby Adapters Included With RumbleSeats
This product recall calls for the return of the adapters that were included with UPPAbaby RumbleSeats, an accessory that was fixed to their proprietary strollers and sold separately. The recall was announced on the 30th of June 2021, under recall number 21-158.
Presenting a fall hazard to young children, UPPAbaby started a voluntary recall after 135 detachments from the stroller were reported. 77 of them resulted in injuries, ranging from scrapes, minor impact injuries, and in 2 broken noses in the most serious cases.
Approximately 86,000 units were shipped in the US. Anyone who received an adapter manufactured between September 2014 and July 2019 will be provided with replacements after contacting UPPAbaby.
This was one of the biggest product recall stories of the year, where a renowned brand saw a spate of injuries and, sadly, a death. On the 5th of May 2021, Peloton issued a product recall for their Peloton Tread+ models (recall no. 21-128) after 72 injuries were reported. As we said, one of the injuries caused death, and others caused lacerations, friction burns, and broken bones.
These treadmill models would pull objects under them when at higher speeds, which is what happened for a majority of the injuries reported. Adults, children, and even pets were pulled under and injured by these devices. Some instances were caught on camera, where big media institutions like the New York Times reported on the story.
Approximately 125,000 units were shipped to the USA and, if consumers still have a Tread+ in the home, they should contact Peloton and get a full refund. The refund scheme ends on November 6th, 2022, after which refunds will be partial.
Ravin White Arrow Nocks
The next most dangerous product recall involved arrow nocks for crossbows. Ravin’s White Arrow Nocks were recalled due to injuries related to the fingers, which makes sense as the product was used to pull back incredibly taut and powerful crossbow strings. The recall was announced on the 18th of August, 2021, under recall number 21-186. 51 injuries were reported in total, 21 of them being serious cases.
Around 220,000 units were retailed in the US, along with 3,600 in Canada, and anyone who has them should stop using them immediately. Instead, contact Ravin Crossbows to receive replacement orange nocks and an extra 1 dollar of credit for each nock that gets returned.
Facebook Technologies Removable Foam Facial Interfaces For Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headsets
Here’s another high-profile case involving Facebook (now Meta Platforms) and the Oculus brand, which had been acquired by Facebook in 2014. Their latest VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2, was recalled on the 27th of July, 2021, and assigned product recall number 21-768. The recall wasn’t for any of the complex VR technology that the headsets use, it was for the foam inside them.
There were 5,716 reports of skin irritation resulting from contact with the foam inside the VR headsets, which has been classified as a form of allergic reaction. In 45 cases, there were injuries that required medical attention.
Being a popular brand and product, 4,000,000 units in the US were affected and around 172,600 Canadian units were also caught in the recall. If you own one such model, you may have already received correspondence offering a free silicone cover for the inside of the headset. If not, you should contact Facebook Technologies yourself.
Cheyenne Products Mainstay Folding Metal Padded Chairs & Barstools
The next most dangerous product recall of 2021 involves a falling hazard tied to Cheyenne Products’ folding chairs and barstools. The recall was announced on the 19th of May with recall number 21-137.
The issue was that the weld that connected the legs to the bottom of the chair/stool was unsound, so they’d break and the seating fell from under people. While there were 41 reports, there were fortunately just 19 injuries. At its worst, there were 4 fracture reports and 1 torn ligament.
795,000 units were shipped to the USA. Consumers who have one of these products should get off them and contact Cheyenne Products for a full refund.
Gramr Brushed Gold Tea Kettles
The 7th most dangerous product recall is another one that comes from hot water and injury reports of burning. Under recall code 21-756, this June 24th recall concerns Gramr’s Brushed Gold Tea Kettles expelling hot water or steam from them. There were 122 reports where this happened and, of those reports, 18 of them resulted in minor burn injuries.
92,135 kettles were moved in the US while 12,865 were moved in Canada. Many were distributed as part of Winter 2020 boxes by Alltrue, formerly CAUSEBOX, which sends boxes of equipment based on subscriptions.
Consumers who suspect that they have one of these defective kettles should contact Gramr to get either a refund or credit towards another purchase. Gramr has reached out to those who may have received defective models.
TJX Swivel Counter Stools
Next is another product recall for seating, TJX’s Swivel Counter Stools. The problem here is that the stools would break after being sat upon. After the problem was identified, an August 18th recall was initiated with number 21-184.
There were just 20 reports of these breakages from 4,300 units that were shipped in the USA. Of those 20 instances, 17 resulted in minor injuries. Consumers who have these stools should pack them up and return them to HomeGoods or HomeSense locations. There, they should offer either a full refund or a store gift card.
TJX Outdoor Wooden Folding Chairs
The situation with TJX’s counter stools wasn’t even the first product recall the company faced this year. Three months beforehand, in May, a different recall was started for their wooden folding chairs too, (recall no. 21-127). The problem was similar to the stools, where the chairs were breaking under the weight of people trying to sit in them.
Many more units were moved to the USA, around 82,500. From that, TJX disclosed they received 18 reports of collapsing incidents. 15 of those incidents resulted in minor injuries to the people affected.
Consumers who suspect they received defective chairs should stop using them and contact TJX for further instructions on refunding. You can also return them to retailers such as HomeGoods, Marshalls, or T.J. Maxx to get a full refund.
Greenworks & Powerworks Pressure Washer Spray Guns
Lastly, we have the only product recall here that was pursued due to impact injuries to consumers. Pressure washer guns offered by brands Greenworks and Powerworks and distributed by HongKong Sun Rise Trading, Ltd were reported to have parts break off. Those parts are then catapulted at high speeds, endangering others.
After 15 reports of this happening, 13 injuries were detailed and triggered a 7th of April product recall under number 21-105. 7 of the 13 injuries required medical treatment for broken bones, concussions, and even injuries to the mouth and eyes.
1,060,000 products were moved to the US by the HongKong Sun Rise Trading company. A free replacement spray gun handle is on offer for affected consumers who contact them.
Deaths Related To Product Recalls
There are five instances where deaths were tied to product recalls in 2021. We have a rundown of them all below.
Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Preferred Newborn Loungers, & Pottery Barn Kids Newborn Loungers
The deadliest consumer product in the USA this year was a trio of loungers offered by Boppy. The hazard was suffocation, where 8 infants suffocated as a result of contact with the product. After this came to light, an immediate product recall was initiated on the 23rd of September, recall number 21-198. The recall applies to Boppy’s Original Newborn Loungers, Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Loungers.
3,300,000 of these loungers were distributed in the USA with a further 35,000 in Canada. If consumers have any of these products in the home, they should stop using them, separate them from their child, and contact Boppy for a refund.
Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘N’ Glide Soothers & 2-in-1 Soothe And Play Gliders
The next deadliest product recall is quite similar, another suffocation hazard in which children sadly lost their life. Starting on the 3rd of June, this product recall (no. 21-147) covers two Fisher-Price products – the 4-in-1 Rock ‘N’ Glide Soother and the 2-in-1 Soothe And Play Gliders.
4 deaths occurred with the 4-in-1 Rock ‘N’ Glide Soother after the children were found on their stomachs in incidents between April 2019 and February 2020. The infant ages ranged from 11 weeks old to 4 months old. By extension, the 2-in-1 Soothe And Play Gliders pose the same threat to children.
Together 175,000 units have been moved in the US and 52,000 in Canada. Anyone that still owns these should contact Fisher-Price to receive a full refund.
Better Homes And Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray With Gemstones
Of all the product recalls here, this one deals with a more unique issue related to an essential oil spray from Better Homes and Gardens. After using BHG’s room spray, households in Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, and Kansas were struck with melioidosis. This is caused by a bacteria called Burkholderia pseudomallei, a tropical climate bacteria that had no business being in the USA.
After an investigation by the CDC, they found that the spray bottles were to blame. Unfortunately, 2 deaths were caused by ingestion of the harmful bacteria and one of them was a minor. The November 2nd recall, numbered 22-007, was classified as a chemical ingestion hazard.
In total, 3,900 spray bottles were recalled by Walmart, where the spray will be destroyed and the consumer will be given a full refund or a $20 gift card. Since this is different from the typical product recall, consumers should dispose of the spray with the following steps advised by the CDC:
- Stop using the spray immediately.
- Do not open the bottle or dispose of the bottle or its contents in any way.
- Wash anything that has been treated with the spray and wipe down surfaces.
- Use two clean and clear zip-lock bags to double-bag the spray.
- Seal the bags to contain the spray safely.
- Pack the spray into a small cardboard box
- Take the box to Walmart for your refund.
We have covered this highly-publicized case already in our section above about product recall injuries. Here’s a rundown of the situation:
- May 5th, 2021 – Recall Number 21-128.
- 125,000 units shipped to the USA.
- People, children, pets, and other objects were being pulled under the treadmill during use.
- 72 injuries were reported because of this defect, with some being captured on video and going viral online, gathering media attention. Injuries included friction burning, lacerations, and broken bones.
From those 72 reported cases, there was one death involving a 6-year-old child after being pulled under the treadmill in March.
CEO John Foley issued an open letter urging parents to keep the space around the treadmill clear and offering condolences to the families of that child and other injured children. After resisting the recall request from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton was threatened with a subpoena but later entered the process voluntarily after more cases came forward.
PIEPS DSP Pro, DSP Pro Ice, & DSP Sport Avalanche Transceivers
Our last death related to a product recall in 2021 actually comes from a malfunction that indirectly caused 2 injuries and 1 death. On the 12th of April, a product recall numbered 21-108 was issued after Black Diamond received malfunction reports.
The affected products, their PIEPS DSP Pro, Pro Ice, and Sport Avalanche Transceivers, caused 65 documented cases where the modes of the transceiver switched without input. As a result, false and potentially dangerous information was being given to climbers, mountaineers, skiers, and other outdoorsmen. 66,100 were sold in the USA while 12,500 were distributed in Canada.
A skier got caught in an avalanche in British Columbia after the transceiver failed to notify them. They suffered a broken arm. We don’t have any details on the death that was related to the transceiver though it was likely a similar circumstance.
Anybody with one of the problematic transceivers should contact Black Diamond for a free repair, a free hard case, and a user guide.
Top 10 Recalled Products Based On Number Of Units In The Market
Now that we know which product recalls caused the most injuries and deaths, let’s look at the most widespread product recalls from this year. While injuries and deaths are devastating to everybody involved, product recalls have far-reaching effects that can be felt by millions of people.
Where we have already covered a product recall case in detail above, we have provided a brief rundown of the key facts behind the recall.
10 Million Zen Magnets & Neoballs Magnets Recalled Due To Ingestion Hazard
The most widespread product recall of 2021 involves Zen Magnets LLC and the products that they offer. Having started on the 17th of August, numbered 21-179, this recall is for a shocking 10 million units moved in the US. That’s more than half of the next item in this list.
Zen Magnets and their Neoballs Magnets range are made from tiny neodymium magnet balls approximating 5 millimeters, so it makes sense there would be so many of them shipped across the USA. The recall was mandatory after reports of them presenting an ingestion hazard, specifically to minors. Those with these magnets should stop using them and contact Zen Magnets LLC for a refund.
In two cases, ingestion led to injury after the magnets required surgery to remove from the intestines and bowels. This recall was treated seriously because, while unrelated to Zen Magnets LLC, people have died from ingesting small magnets in the past.
HSN Recalls 5.4 Million Handheld Clothing Steamers Due to Serious Burn Hazard
The very first product recall we covered on this page is also the second-most far-reaching recall of 2021. Here’s a brief of this product recall case:
- May 26th, 2021 – Recall Number 21-138.
- 5,400,000 units shipped to the USA.
- 227 reports of hot water leakage or spraying resulting in over 100 injuries.
With 5,400,000 units distributed across the United States (and a further, negligible 14,300 in Canada), the My Little Steamer and My Little Steamer Go Mini were some more serious cases of the year. With so many products in circulation and about 50% of reports including injuries, it makes sense that the recall effort would be sweeping.
That’s why there are so many units wrapped up in this recall – because the products aren’t new. They have been retailing since before January of 2015. As we covered above, refunds are available for defective units between January 2015 to December 2017, then from January 2018 to December 2020.
Facebook Technologies Recalls 4 Million Removable Foam Facial Interfaces For Oculus Quest 2 VR Headsets Due To Skin Irritation Hazard
Here’s a rundown of this case that we have already covered in more detail above. Below we have explained why over 4,000,000 units were involved in this product recall.
- July 27th, 2021 – Recall Number 21-768.
- 4,000,000 units shipped to the USA and a further 172,600 units in Canada.
- The removable foam interfaces retailing with the Oculus Quest 2 were causing skin irritation.
- 5,716 reports of skin irritation/allergic reaction resulting in 45 injuries.
You may be able to guess why this was one of the more far-reaching product recalls this year. Even before being acquired by one of the biggest social media companies in the world, the Oculus brand was one of the earliest commercial VR projects that were crowdfunded using the website Kickstarter.
So, it was a popular brand anyway, and then got acquired by Facebook to become one of the best-funded and most prevalent devices in the emerging VR industry. Even with this minor setback, future offerings by Meta Platforms and Oculus will move millions more units as the industry grows.
The Boppy Company Recalls Over 3 Million Original Newborn Loungers, Bobby Preferred Newborn Loungers & Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers After 8 Infant Deaths
Sadly, the next most popular dangerous consumer product was also the deadliest. As we detailed, multiple loungers offered by The Boppy Company resulted in the tragic death of 8 infants. Here’s the brief:
- September 23rd, 2021 – Recall Number 21-198.
- 3,300,000 units shipped to the USA.
- After becoming positioned face-down on multiple lounger types, 8 children died from suffocation.
- While only 8 cases are known, all of them proved fatal.
When it comes to children’s products, there is rightly a more urgent reaction to any danger that may be present. Where an adult may survive when a product poses a danger, by seeking medical attention or removing themselves from the situation, children can’t do that. That’s why these 8 deaths were too many, triggering a recall of over 3 million lounger products from Boppy.
Verizon Recalls 2.5 Million Ellipsis Jetpack Mobile Hotspots Imported By Franklin Wireless Due To Fire & Burn Hazards
We have a similar case to the Facebook/Oculus recall with the ongoing Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack Mobile Hotspots. Being a product offered by a popular technology company, it makes sense that the recall would be so expansive to cover everybody affected.
The product recall, numbered 21-106, began on April 8th, 2021, after Verizon mobile hotspots imported by Franklin Wireless presented fire concerns. 15 reports came in of the Ellipsis Jetpack devices overheating. In 6 cases, this was to the point of causing fire damage and 2 cases resulted in minor burn injuries.
2,500,000 of these Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack hotspots were asked to be returned to Verizon. Many of them were handed out by schools, pumping up the numbers that needed to get recalled.
Verizon has also provided tips for disposing of or handling the devices before sending them away:
- The devices should be stored safely in a well-ventilated area before transportation.
- If they must be used, prevent them from charging when plugged in and powered on.
- Unplug and securely store the device when not in use.
- Get a replacement hotspot when possible.
Edsal Recalls 2.2 Million Shelving Units Due To Injury Hazard
Early in the year, on the 10th of February 2021, commercial shelf manufacturer Edsal issued a product recall numbered 21-076. This came after 2.2 million of them had already been circulated across the USA.
The shelves were breaking and presenting an injury hazard, as outlined in 7 reports. In one of those incidents, a person suffered a broken toe after placing objects on the shelf until they broke.
Consumers shouldn’t test their shelf if they believe it is defective. Instead, contacting Edsal will get the consumers a full refund.
2 Million Dehumidifiers With Well-Known Brand Names Recalled Due To Fire & Burn Hazards; Manufactured By New Widetech
On the 4th of August, dehumidifiers manufactured by New Widetech were recalled. The recall effort is numbered 21-174 and encompasses more than 2,000,000 units. Approximately 2 million units were distributed in America alone while a lesser (but still substantial) 380,000 units in Canada.
The recall came after 107 incidents were made known to New Widetech. In those instances, dehumidifiers overheated to the point of potentially catching fire. While it is estimated that $17 million in property damage was the result, fortunately nobody was injured or killed.
Anybody in possession of affected dehumidifiers should contact New Widetech and get a refund. Refund amounts are pro-rated depending on how old the dehumidifier model is.
1.6 Million Non-Contact Voltage Testers Recalled By Klein Tools Due To Shock Hazard
Our next product recall comes with a little irony. Non-contact voltage testers retailed by Klein Tools have been recalled after causing an electrical shock hazard in people trying to use them, so they definitely had contact with some voltage.
The recall (#21-150) started on June 9th after two reports came in of the testers not working properly, with one instance ending in a shock injury. A total of 1,690,000 units were moved in the USA, and then 67,800 in Canada. With electrical injuries, shocks can quickly turn into deaths, hence Klein Tools’ sweeping reaction to this news.
Consumers who have some of those 1.6 million shipped units should contact Klein Tools and get a free replacement tool.
DōTERRA Recalls 1.3 Million Bottles Of Deep Blue, PastTense & Deep Blue Touch Essential Oils Due To Failure To Meet Child Resistant Packaging Requirement: Risk Of Poisoning
Here is one of the most positive product recalls we’re covering today since it has no incidents, injuries, or deaths attached to it. The MLM DōTERRA provides essential oils and other similar products to their customers. Their Deep Blue, Deep Blue Touch, and PastTense oils were recalled on the 1st of April, #21-734.
The products in question didn’t harm anybody, as we said, but they did contain methyl salicylate. Under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, products containing methyl salicylate need to have child-resistant packaging. The three named product lines did not.
This recall is a pre-emptive strike to avoid any issues in the future by taking the wrongly packaged products off the market and replacing them with corrected versions. 1.3 million units have been recalled in the USA and, if consumers still have some, they should contact dōTERRA to get a free replacement or a substitute product of equal value.
1 Million Greenworks & Powerworks Pressure Washer Spray Guns Recalled Due To Impact Injury Hazard; Distributed By HongKong Sun Rise Trading
The last product recall that made a big splash where the Greenworks and Powerworks pressure washers that we have already discussed. Here are the details:
- April 7th, 2021 – Recall Number 21-105.
- 1,060,000 units were shipped in the USA.
- 15 reports of parts breaking off the pressure washers, becoming a dangerous projectile propelled by their water stream. Of those 15 reports, 13 were injuries, and 7 required treatment.
- The Greenworks and Powerworks products were distributed by HongKong Sun Rise Trading Ltd.
Product Recalls By Hazard Type
In 2021, there have been a total of 575 reported injuries that are tied to dangerous consumer products and the ensuing product recalls. There were probably more but consumers often run into trouble with their products and then throw them out, without notifying the company or relevant authorities.
The most common forms of hazard were falling and burning. It makes sense when you consider that products made to be sat, stood, or climbed on face more environmental stresses than other products – typically from you. Likewise, products using heated water can pose a threat that is instantly painful and damaging should anything go wrong. Most burns are heated water, though there are cases of electrical or overheating burning.
Here’s a full list of the different hazards tied to product recalls and the number of people that were wounded from them.
- Falling – 163
- Burn – 151
- Injury (Pulled Under) – 72
- Injury (Finger) – 51
- Allergic Reaction – 45
- Cuts – 20
- Death – 16
- Impact – 13
- Suffocation – 12
- Amputation – 8
- Chemical Ingestion – 4
- Crashing – 4
- Electrical Shock – 3
- Ingestion – 2
- Injury (Malfunction) – 2
- Tip-Over – 2
- Injury (Broken Wrists) – 2
- Carbon Monoxide – 1
- Choking – 1
- Fire – 1
- Injury (Body) – 1
- Injury (Broken Toes) – 1
Product Recalls In The US By Country Manufactured
Throughout 2021, there have been 194 product recalls. The products that were recalled are split across 20 different countries. Here’s a breakdown of the top results.
- China – 105: With a shocking 54.1% of product recalls over the last year, it may come as no surprise that China topped the list. China is a massive manufacturing hub, so their products’ exposure to recalls is much higher than in other countries.
It also has a reputation for having lax health and safety and quality assurance, both of which may result in a dangerous consumer product passing inspection and entering the market.
- United States – 28: At 14.4%, 28 product recalls were tied to items homegrown in the USA. For example, the Ravin White Arrow Nocks were manufactured and distributed by an American company. While China has its own reputation, US-made products are known to be hit-and-miss when it comes to quality.
- Mexico, Taiwan, & Vietnam – 10: At ten product recalls each, Mexico, Taiwan, and Vietnam tie for third in the product recall ranking. All are countries that are becoming increasingly industrialized as they develop.Taiwan in particular is a hub for consumer electronics related to smartphones and their chargers.
As for the other countries with product recalls tied to their manufacturers, here’s our list:
- India – 9
- Austria – 4
- Thailand – 3
- Canada – 2
- Indonesia – 2
- Japan – 2
- Belgium – 1
- Germany – 1
- Korea – 1
- Latvia – 1
- Malaysia – 1
- Sweden – 1
- Switzerland – 1
- Turkey – 1
- United Kingdom – 1
That brings us to the end of our guide to 2021’s most dangerous consumer products.
We’ve covered the product recalls that involved the most injuries, the most deaths, the most recalled units, and included information about product recalls and how they work. We have also identified the most common manufacturing countries that trigger product recalls and which injuries are most frequent in them.
Whether you came here because you owned one of the affected products or you’re just interested in the space, you should know more about product recalls and the cases that defined 2021. As we move towards 2022, there’s no doubt we will see more recalls for other products that have unidentified issues.