‘HEALTH CONSEQUENCES’: Costco recall of gel pads, Canadian Tire recall of snowblowers and Toys R Us recall of bicycle helmets trigger Health Canada’s warning to shoppers

Health Canada is warning shoppers about a series of recalls affecting some department stores.

The first recall involves Dimensions Bluetooth speakerphones sold at Toys R Us stores.

The helmets are black with black straps and a black buckle. The white label inside the helmet has item #ACTGEAR-238BTS in the lower left corner, according to the Health Canada recalls “warning.

The affected helmets do not meet the U.S. federal CPSC safety standard for bicycle helmets, posing a risk of head injury, Health Canada said.

As of March 10, 2022, the company has received no incident or injury reports in Canada and the United States.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact Sakar International, Inc. for a free replacement helmet,” Health Canada said.

Another recall involves the Yardworks 15-amp, 22-inch corded electric snowblower, sold at Canadian Tire. Lot numbers can be found on the back of the product.

The power cable of affected units may become brittle and break when exposed to temperatures below -20C, which can lead to injury from electric shock, Health Canada said in its reminder warning.

As of March 10, 2022, the company had received six incident reports related to power cord embrittlement and rupture in Canada, and no injury reports.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to any Canadian Tire store for a full refund,” Health Canada said.

For more information, consumers may contact the Canadian Tire Call Center by telephone at 1-800-387-8803. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Another — voluntary — recall involves the Philips HeartStart home defibrillator — in English or French — sold at Costco stores.

Philips Healthcare has notified Health Canada of a voluntary recall of AED gel pads for HS1/OnSite/Home AED units.

Health Canada describes this recall as a Type II recall, “meaning this is a situation where use of (or exposure to) a recalled device may result in temporary adverse health consequences, or when there is no significant likelihood of serious adverse health consequences”. according to a statement on Costco’s recall page.

Between 2010 and 2021, Philips shipped more than five million sets of AED gel pads and received a total of 115 complaints about gel pads exhibiting peeling or melting appearances, according to the release.

Last year, a total of 84 reports were made.

Costco members may continue to use the Home AED and pads as-is, per the instructions provided in the following notice, or use this link or QR code to complete an online form that will allow Philips to ship a free replacement pad set per registered AED device, once available

If you did not receive the FAQ by email or if you need more information about this voluntary recall, please email Philips Canada directly at [email protected]

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