Q1 Recall Index Shows Surge in Household Product Incidents and Injuries
More families were injured by defective household products in the first quarter of 2017 as incidents rose to their highest levels in two decades, according to the Q1 2017 Recall Index.
The report found that while the number of consumer products recalled decreased compared to Q4, products for the home and family posed disproportionate dangers. Just four household product categories accounted for more than 75 percent of all consumer products recalled: home furnishings/fixtures, housewares, toys, and child nursery equipment and supplies. At the same time, the risks of people falling, bleeding, or choking accounted for nearly 75 percent of the top hazards reported based on recalled units.
It’s a concerning trend. Injuries reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) jumped 141 percent in Q1 2017. Incidents also increased 379 percent to 16,649 — higher than any single quarter and any full year since at least 1997.
Falling hazards from products such as faulty baby strollers, swing sets, and patio chairs accounted for the highest percentage of recalled units (39 percent). Other leading hazards included products that caused lacerations (27.4 percent), gas leaks (10.1 percent), and choking hazards (8 percent).