The following information has been received by our office from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Commerce Township, Michigan – February 9, 2007 – HoMedics, Inc announced today a voluntary recall, to the consumer level of approximately 292,108 of its heating pads which were produced in 2001 and subsequently shipped to retailers in 2001 and 2002.
These heating pads were sold nationwide to Walgreens as well as to drug stores, discount stores and department stores.
It has been determined that some of the heating pads contained an inadequate connector crimp, which lead to a high resistance connection that generated excessive heat, thereby posing a risk of burn injuries, fire or damage to the heating pad itself or to materials (like bedding and furniture) that could come into contact with the pad. HoMedics has received eight reports of minor or first degree burns associated with the use of the heating pads and five additional reports of minor or first degree burns possibly related to the use of the heating pads, as well as reports of property damage. If burned, the consumer should seek medical attention if appropriate.
Models involved in this recall include –
Model 802857 (Walgreens by HoMedics) Standard Size Moist/Dry Heating pad; sold exclusively through Walgreens
HoMedics Thera-P Model HP-100 Standard Size Dry Heating Pad
HoMedics Thera-P Model HP-150 Standard Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad
HoMedics Thera-P Model HP-200 Standard Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad with Auto Shut-off
HoMedics Thera-P Model HP-300 King Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad
HoMedics Thera-P Model HP-500 King Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad with Auto Shut-off
Each HoMedics heating pad is marked with a unique 4-digit date code located both on the back of the hand control as well as on the bottom panel of the color box. ONLY 4-DIGIT DATE CODES ENDING IN “01” ARE SUBJECT TO THIS VOLUNTARY RECALL.
In order to accurately identify the date code, consumers should refer to the diagram included in this release.
Consumers whom have any of these particular heating pads should discontinue the use of the product immediately and return it to the retailer of purchase for a full refund. HoMedics is currently contacting the retailers of these heating pads to communicate return instructions. Further information can be obtained by going to http://www.homedics.com/.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-466-3342.
The recall is being conducted with the full knowledge of the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by telephone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
This product may have been distributed in your area. Please spot-check stores for effectiveness of the recall. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office at 317/233-7360.