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MOUNTAIN VALLEY 5 GALLON GLASS WATER JUG

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MOUNTAIN VALLEY 5 GALLON GLASS WATER JUG

I just recently became a residential customer of a glass water jug from a company called Mountain Valley, [REDACTED] and had a water cooler and several large five gallon glass containers of water delivered. Today I changed bottles for the first time as we used up the full first jug. As a first time user I was not aware that when I peeled back the white tab covering the center of the neck of the bottle and turned it over to put it on the cooler it would not easily slide through the center. Rather what happens is that it rests momentarily with the full weight of the water and bottle on the plastic center until that breaks away and the bottle drops into the dispenser. Unfortunately if you are not aware of this sudden drop of the water then you don’t know that it will not ease down but rather drops forcefully. My pinky happened to be near the neck of the bottle at a pinch point and as the full weight dropped the force smashed my pinky and shattered the bone. This is a ridiculously dangerous design which should be corrected immediately and significant warnings should be in place for customers to be made aware. I’m in tremendous pain and my fingertip is shattered.

MULTIPURPOSE BIB

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MULTIPURPOSE BIB

I have been made aware of a type of bib that is used for bottle propping. Links to some examples are:

http://www.inspiredbysavannah.com/2011/02/virtual-baby-shower-multi-purpose-bib.html

As a pediatrician and mother of 3, I know that bottle propping has multiple negative consequences, such as tooth decay and the possibility of choking if too much formula is sucked from the bottle. Without a parent holding the infant, it is less likely that they can respond in a timely way.

CREATOLOGY SPIN ART

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CREATOLOGY SPIN ART

The batteries melted/ heated/ popped open after 20 minutes use. I was running the spin art wheel and pouring paint into it. when I opened the battery compartment to take out the batteries they were extremely hot to the touch and melted. I have emailed photos.

LEAF BLOWER

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LEAF BLOWER

Aftermarket battery was in charger. Product ([REDACTED] leaf blower) was used earlier that day so battery was discharged. At about 1am, heard loud noise. Battery has popped out of charger. Moments later, battery exploded several times and burned. Fire extinguisher used. Battery kept exploding for several minutes. Damage to surrounding materials i.e. rug.

THE SYCOM SURGE PROTECTOR

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THE SYCOM SURGE PROTECTOR

On Saturday, August 25, 2018 the Sycom Type 2 120/240 Surge protector attached to our [REDACTED] Air Conditioner popped/exploded, causing fire on the outside of our townhouse and a terrible burning odor. The Vinyl Siding melted, and the inside insulation/siding/inner wall were scorched/burned and melted. The risk was not only to our townhouse unit, but to the other 7 units in our building. The UL Mark and other markings were not able to be distinguished due to the scorched Sycom surge protector.

We contacted our power company PSE&G regarding any transformer issues or power surges in the area, and there were none.

Gold Medal originally installed the [REDACTED] Air Conditioning unit in May of 2015. A call was made to them and they came out today, August 31, 2018. The removed the burned protector, duck taped the wall until the siding is replaced. After the siding repair is complete, Gold Medal advised that they will come out and install a new surge protector. We will make sure it is not the Sycom Type 2

O3 PURE ECO LAUNDRY SYSTEM

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O3 PURE ECO LAUNDRY SYSTEM

California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff recently measured ozone emissions from 17 consumer products and home appliances and published a journal article on the results, which can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ina.12307/pdf. We found that five products in three categories produced ozone at levels that may result in adverse health effects.

Ozone is a reactive gas comprised of three oxygen atoms. While ozone high up in the atmosphere protects us from the sun’s harmful rays, at ground level, ozone can cause adverse health effects such as coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Exposure to ozone may both induce and worsen asthma symptoms and worsen lung disease; it might also increase the risk of premature death. Some consumer products and home appliances are designed to emit ozone either intentionally, or as a by-product of their functions.

This study measured ozone emissions and impacts on indoor ozone levels and associated exposures from 17 consumer products and home appliances that could emit ozone either intentionally or as a by-product of their functions. Nine products were found to emit measurable ozone, one up to 6,230 ppb at a distance of 5 cm (2 inches). Five products in three categories produced ozone at levels that may result in potential health effects, including a residential ozone laundry water treatment appliance, two fruit and vegetable washers, and two [REDACTED]. Use of some of these products increased ozone concentrations in a small room to concentrations that exceeded the level of 1-hr California Ambient Air Quality Standard (CAAQS) for outdoor ozone (0.09 parts per million [ppm]). The greatest increase of room ozone concentrations during typical use of the products resulted from use of the laundry water treatment system. During one wash cycle, this product increased the room ozone concentration by an average of 0.11 ppm.

Due to users’ close proximity to this product, the concentration of ozone that users might actually be exposed to (the personal exposure concentration) can be even higher than the room concentrations measured. During one wash cycle, users of the laundry water treatment system may be exposed to an average of 0.42 ppm ozone potentially for 1 hour. This level of exposure is equivalent to about one-quarter to one-half of the ozone that a typical California resident may be exposed to in one day.

For some products, one use does not increase the room ozone concentrations markedly, but repeated use can result in high personal exposure concentrations for the user. For example, when a fruit and vegetable washer was used for three continuous wash cycles with reused water, the average personal exposure concentration was 2.55 ppm, over 28 times higher than the level of the 1-hr CAAQS. For the remaining products tested, their average ozone emissions were low, but surprisingly high peaks were commonly observed. When using a [REDACTED] were reached.

Although their market share is unknown, these products can easily be obtained due to their low unit price and widespread advertising via the Internet and television. Thus, the exposures associated with the use of such products may be widespread. However, none of these products are regulated for their ozone emissions, which is a critical gap in consumer protection. Actions should be taken to protect consumers from potential exposures to high levels of ozone from these products.

STAR TRAC MULTI STATION

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STAR TRAC MULTI STATION

On the evening of January 6th 2019 my husband was severely injured using a STAR TRAC Multi-Station. While using the machine to do Tricep exercises the the adjustable pulley mechanism crashed down on the back of his head causing 2 large and long lacerations which required over 20 staples along with several stitches. He was taken by ambulance to the local emergency room where he was treated for his injuries. During his treatment he suffered a very big drop in blood pressure, a significant loss of blood, lost consciousness, required IV fluids as well as potassium, epinephrine with a numbing agent, and a tetanus shot. Once discharged from the Emergency Room after hours of being treated I was advised to provide concussion watch for my husband for 48 hours.

Injuries includes:
1. severe lacerations
2. severe bleeding
3. swelling
4. unconsciousness
5. concussion

FRONT LOAD WASHER

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FRONT LOAD WASHER

I have an [REDACTED] front load washer. Their is no controling the mold and the smell. I have always kept the door open when it’s not in use. I have washed it with bleach,chlorine, [REDACTED] wipes ,[REDACTED] bleach,I have tried every cleaner in my house and the [REDACTED] store and still mold inside the rubber gasket. My husband and granddaughter both have breathing issues. The cloths smell worse coming out then when I put them in. Then you dry the cloths with a dryer sheet now our cloths smell like [REDACTED] fresh mold it’s hross

CEPTICS BRAZIL TRAVEL ADAPTER PLUG WITH DUAL USA INPUT

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CEPTICS BRAZIL TRAVEL ADAPTER PLUG WITH DUAL USA INPUT

I am writing to identify dangerous design flaws in three products. The products are the following, and the flaw is the same in all of them.

Ceptics Brazil Travel Adapter Plug with Dual Usa Input – Type N (3 Pack – Ultra Compact

Ceptics Brazil Travel Plug Adapter (Type N) – 3 Pack

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These adapters incorrectly wire the neutral socket to the pin which enters the hot socket on a Brazilian wall outlet, and they wire the hot socket to the pin which enters the neutral socket on the wall outlet. This results in reversed polarity, which is a dangerous condition that may cause your device to fry or may even cause electrocution!

The condition may go unnoticed because almost all contemporary devices will still work when they are connected to power and neutral on the wrong pins. But it is easy to verify by testing the circuit either with a multimeter, an electrical tester, or even a surge suppressor that has an LED to indicate when there is a wiring fault.

I bought more than Ceptics adapters and several more [REDACTED] adapters for my American devices before moving to Brazil, and am dismayed these adapters have this inexcusable flaw!

I first noticed this when my surge suppressors complained of a wiring fault, and then confirmed it with a multimeter. In the US, in a typical type C outlet, the left socket is taller and is intended for netural, the right socket is shorter and is intended for power, and the middle socket is round and offset below the others and intended for ground. In Brazil, in a typical type N outlet, all sockets are the same shape, which can lead to confusion. But the spec clearly states that the left socket should be wired for neutral, the right socket for power, and the middle socket is for ground. However, unlike in the US, where the ground socket is offset below the two others, the Brazilian ground socket is offset above the other two.

The people at Ceptics and [REDACTED clearly misunderstood this, and designed the pins upside down, as if the ground socket should be below the others like in the US, not above the others where in Brazil it belongs. These adapters put the pins into the wall socket are UPSIDE DOWN!

This causes reversed polarity, and it puts all devices that are plugged into these adapters, and everyone who may touch them, at risk.

It should not be a surprise, one of my [REDACTED adapters also sparked and burned when I turned on a night light on that was plugged into it.

These adapters should be pulled off the market due to the danger they cause!

Note that I am now living in Brazil, but I maintain a US mailing address. For simplicity’s sake I will provide my US address in the form below.

WALL CHARGER KIT SET WITH MICRO 2.0 USB CABLE

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WALL CHARGER KIT SET WITH MICRO 2.0 USB CABLE

The following [REDACTED] Wall Charger kit:
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was purchased on Amazon.com and shipped from Amazon.com on November 1, 2019 purchased by [REDACTED] for me.

Despite using the [REDACTED] brand name “[REDACTED]” this item is not made but [REDACTED] but is instead a Chinese manufactured knockoff product. On the sales page the seller specifically warns potential buyers that the charger may get extremely hot and also cause the phone to become extremely hot.

I used this product for less than 24 hours before the supplied charging cable became so hot that it burned out and ceased to function. During that brief usage it caused the lithium ion battery to become so hot that the battery swelled popping the back cover of my [REDACTED] smart phone to pop off.

[REDACTED] smart phones can indicate when [REDACTED] charging is taking place. At no time did my smart phone indicate [REDACTED] charging was occurring despite the battery becoming almost hot enough to go critical and explode starting a fire. Had the charging cable not burned out and failed a fire could easily have occurred.

Unfortunately I no longer have this dangerous product as Amazon demanded I return it to obtain a full refund. I still felt the need to report this product because I believe it is dangerous and because the seller is telling potential buyers to ignore extreme overheating conditions which by itself is very dangerous advice to give to consumers.