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)

Recall Details

Description: This recall involves the WiOn Indoor In-wall Wi-Fi Switch. The switch allows a consumer to control and monitor the lights and appliances at home or at the office with a smart phone from anywhere using a smart phone app. The product is designed to be installed into a single-switch outlet and is white in color with the “WiOn” logo in green on the front.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled switches and contact Southwire to receive $4 to purchase a standard (non Wi-Fi) replacement switch. In addition, consumers will receive a full refund once the recalled Wi-Fi switch is returned to Southwire. Consumers should hire an electrician to perform the replacement and Southwire will reimburse them for this cost.

Recall number: 18-124

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

Click here to learn more about the Southwire recall.

 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
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 or online at and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Husqvarna recall.


Contact: Ben Nasta (202) 682-9530 

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.