Another product recall, and while not a kitchen tool, it is one that may be of interest to our readers. Royal Appliance has issued a recall of the Dirt Devil® Total Pet Cyclonic Upright vacuum.
The danger involved the vacuum’s electric cord plug prong, which can detach and remain in the electrical outlet when the vacuum is unplugged. The detached prong poses an electrical shock hazard if it remains connected with the electrical outlet.
This recall involves both the US and Canadian market with joint releases coming from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada.
The recall involves about 149,000 machines in the United States and 9,700 in Canada, of three specific models of the Dirt Devil Total Pet Cyclonic Upright vacuums, model UD70210, UD70210CA and UD70210RM. The model number and manufacture date code are printed on a silver label on the back side of the vacuum.
The vacuums are identical with black, gray and clear housing with red and purple trim. “Total Pet” is printed underneath the Dirt Devil logo in the center of the vacuum.
Only vacuums with the first three digits of the four digit manufacture date code that begin with B14 through I15 are included in the recall. All recalled vacuums were manufactured between February 2014 and September 2015.
As of this writing, the company has received 14 reports of a detached prong that remained in an electrical outlet, but no injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vacuums and contact Dirt Devil for instructions on receiving a free replacement vacuum.
Dirt Devil at 800-373-6290 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or online at www.dirtdevil.com and click on the “Support Main” tab at the top or bottom of the page, then after the new page is there, page down and look for “Recalls” to see full details.
The vacuums were sold at ABC Warehouse, Boardman Furniture, Fred’s, Walmart stores nationwide, Dirt Devil via telephone and online at www.dirtdevil.com, www.ebay.com and www.walmart.com from February 2014 through November 2015 for between $45 and $70.
The products in question were manufactured by Royal Appliance Mfg. Co., of Glenwillow, Ohio, where else – in China.
Note: Federal laws in the US and Canada bar any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.