Aldi recalls product due to an ‘increased risk of fire’

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Aldi recalls a line cushion cover for outdoor furniture because of a serious fire safety hazard. According to the United Kingdom’s Office for Product Safety and StandardsThis recall covers 8 products because fire retardant treatments can deteriorate over time. As summer approaches, this could present a serious threat.

This recall covers cushion covers for many outdoor furniture items including benches, sofas, hanging chairs, and stools. The U.K. OPSS website has the product names and codes listed. Two of these specifically mention “Recall for Cushion Covers”. “U.K. only”These products were also included. It is unknown if any of these products are sold internationally. However, the Aldi U.S. site does not list any comparable recalls for this calendar year. These products are not believed to have been sold in the United States and therefore did not require recall.

Aldi reported that it initiated the recall when the supplier informed Aldi that the fire-retardant properties of these products might deteriorate over the years. This raises the fire risk and places it above the acceptable risk threshold.

Aldi offers replacements for customers who own these cushion covers. The cushions cannot be returned to the place of purchase and exchanged. Because of the possibility that the cushions might be salvaged or used unknowingly, the OPSS doesn’t mention how to dispose of them.

The OPSS functions in the same manner as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Similar to agencies that oversee the recall and testing of drugs and food, the OPSS monitors the safety of non-consumable items to ensure they pose no danger to the average consumer. The CPSC in the USA was created in the early 1970s. It reports directly to the President and Congress.

All recalls are listed. On the CPSC’s Website. You can subscribe to the CPSC here for email alerts regarding recalls. You can also find the agency’s profile on several social media platforms and an RSS feed.