In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, HoMedics has voluntarily recalled three models of its handheld massagers due to electric shock and burn hazards.
The CPSC said the cord can break near the base of the massager and expose the wires. The company said it has received 140 reports of exposed wires, sparks, smoking and some shooting flames coming from the massagers, and 15 reports of burn injuries to consumer’s fingers and other parts of the body.
The recall involves the HHP-375H model handheld dual node percussion massager with heat, HHP-250 model handheld hot and cold massager and the PA-MH-THP model handheld compact percussion massager with heat. All models of the massagers have a 120 VAC, 60 HZ power cord, and “HoMedics” is printed on the massagers. All manufacturing dates for all three models are included in the recall, and the item date code can be found in either one of the cord prongs or in the rating label located on the underside of the product.
About 400,000 units, manufactured in China, were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Rite Aid, Walmart and other stores nationwide and HSN from August 2013 through February 2017 for between about $30 and $50.
The company and CPSC have advised consumers to immediately stop using the recalled massagers and contact HoMedics for instructions on removing the cord and to receive a refund in the form of a credit for any replacement product.