Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Chainsaws Due to Serious Injury Hazard

Name of product: Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric 14 inch electric chainsaws
Hazard: The power switch can malfunction and allow the chainsaw to continue operating after the operator moves the switch to the “off” position, posing a serious injury hazard to the operator.
Remedy: Replace
Recall date: May 14, 2018
Units: About 1,020,000   

Consumer Contact:
Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT, email at recall@harborfreight.com or online at www.harborfreight.com and click on “Recall Safety Information” on the bottom of the homepage for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Harbor Freight recall.


The Importance of Checking for Reverse Polarity

Starting with its next iteration in 2020, the NFPA 70 (National Electric Code) standard will require all newly-manufactured RVs to come equipped with a reverse polarity detector, but in the meantime, issues involving reverse polarity continue to challenge RV park owners and operators.

What is reverse polarity?
Simply put, it’s when the hot wire and neutral wire have been swapped. This can be caused by improper wiring of a pedestal, or if an RV with reverse polarity plugs into a pedestal—the latter of which could cause reverse polarity on all linked pedestals—and the result could be dangerous.

In a position paper requesting the standard, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) said “In a situation of reverse polarity, power is "fed" to the neutral conductor and a short in the wiring could energize the exterior skin or other metal parts, creating a shock hazard that could cause severe burns or possibly death.”

Because of this potential safety hazard, most RV manufacturers are not waiting until 2020, however, and have already started installing reverse polarity detectors in current new models.

How do I check for reverse polarity at my park?
It’s best to check for reverse polarity at the beginning of the season before campers start arriving, so you start with a clean slate.

“If you check for it at the beginning of the season, it just helps isolate the issue quicker if it does present itself,” says Wade Elliott, president of Utility Supply Group. “If you’ve identified that the park’s wiring isn’t the problem, you’ve isolated the issue to a visiting RV.”

Reverse polarity easily can be detected using an inexpensive tool—there are models specific to 30 amp and 50 amp services. If detected, it’s best to call a certified electrician or maintenance man to fix the issue.

Interested in learning more about NFPA standards?
ARVC offers a program called the Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194® which is designed to teach park owners and operators the in-depth knowledge of the current standards for RV parks and campgrounds. CLICK HERE to learn more. The next program is July 25-26 in Denver, with other programs being offered in 2018 in Tampa, Oklahoma City and State College, PA.



H-E-B Recalls Halogen Lightbulbs Due to Laceration and Fire Hazards

Name of product: GTC halogen light bulbs
Hazard: The halogen light bulbs can shatter while in use in a lamp or light fixture, posing laceration and fire hazards to consumers.
Remedy: Refund
Recall date: March 29, 2018
Units: About 2.5 million   

Consumer Contact:
H-E-B at 800-432-3113 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.heb.com and click on Product Recalls under the Customer Service heading at the bottom of the homepage for more information

Click here to learn more about the H-E-B recall.


Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Name of product: Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models PI2010 and PI9010
Hazard: A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.
Remedy: Replace
Recall date: March 21, 2018
Units: About 452,000 in the U.S. (In addition, about 40,000 were sold in Canada.)   

Consumer Contact:
Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Kidde recall.


Briggs & Stratton Recalls Riding Mowers Due to Risk of Injury

Name of product: Snapper, Simplicity, and Massey Ferguson riding mowers
Hazard: The reverse-mow option switch can malfunction and allow the riding lawn mowers to unintentionally mow when being driven in a reverse direction, posing a risk of injury to bystanders.
Remedy: Repair
Recall date: March 20, 2018
Units: About 18,000 (In addition, about 300 were sold in Canada)

Consumer Contact: Briggs & Stratton at 800-227-3798 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, online at www.briggsandstratton.com and click on “Recalls & Warranty” for more information. Dealers can be found using the dealer locator at www.simplicitymfg.com, www.snapper.com , or www.masseylawn.com for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Briggs & Stratton recall.


Southwire Recalls Wi-Fi Switches Due to Fire Hazard

Name of product: WiOn Indoor In-wall Wi-Fi Switches
Hazard: The wi-fi switches can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy: Refund, Replace
Recall date: March 15, 2018
Units: About 24,000 (In addition, about 6000 were sold in Canada)

Consumer Contact: Southwire toll-free at 888-770-7156 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. CT or online at www.wionproducts.com or www.southwire.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Southwire recall.




 

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ben Nasta (202) 682-9530
  bnasta@funoutdoors.com 


Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Welcomes Government Recognition
of Industry as GDP Contributor

Inaugural Report Highlights Economic Influence of Outdoor Recreation Industry


Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2018)
– The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) today applauded the release of the first-ever government report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Released by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)—the government agency responsible for reporting U.S. GDP—the report calculated the outdoor recreation industry’s annual gross output to be $673 billion, surpassing other sectors such as agriculture, petroleum and coal, and computer and electronic products. The report marks a critical step forward for the outdoor recreation industry by formally recognizing its economic influence.

“Today’s report affirms what those of us in the outdoor community already know – outdoor recreation has a far-reaching positive impact across the U.S. and our economy,” said Thom Dammrich, ORR chair and president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “As an industry, we are proud to generate millions of American jobs and be a driving economic force from coast to coast, and we are grateful that BEA and the Department of Commerce have decided to recognize that. This report is further evidence of the need for sound public policy that encourages continued growth in the outdoor recreation industry.”

ORR was formed in February 2018 with the merger of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations, and the American Recreation Coalition, an organization of recreation interests that has had a significant and positive impact on outdoor recreation for more than three decades. ORR is committed to advancing the basic elements needed to grow this vital economic sector, including sound and sustainable management of U.S. public lands and waters, and updating infrastructure and technology on those lands to create quality experiences in response to changing recreation preferences.

In addition to reporting on the outdoor recreation industry’s annual gross output, the BEA’s initial findings report that outdoor recreation makes up 2.0 percent of the U.S. GDP. More importantly, the outdoor recreation industry's GDP has increased an average of 4.4 percent since 2012, significantly greater than the 3.6 percent average increase in the overall U.S. GDP. 

“This is a welcome signal of the critical economic role outdoor recreation plays in the United States,” said Paul Bambei, Arvc CEO and ORR Board member. “We are thrilled to represent a rapidly growing industry that helps keep America’s economy strong and brings enjoyment to millions of Americans. Given the right public policies, outdoor recreation will continue to be an American economic engine for years to come.”

The full report issued by ORSA and BEA can be found here.

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  Husqvarna Recalls Residential Zero Turn
Riding Mowers Due to Fire Hazard

Name of product: Residential zero turn riding mowers
Hazard: An incorrect routing of the fuel line can cause it to wear and leak, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy: Repair
Recall date: February 8, 2018
Units:
About 7,100

Consumer Contact: Husqvarna toll-free at 877-257-6921 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at recalls@husqvarna.com or online at http://www.husqvarna.com/ and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Husqvarna recall.