HoMedics USA of Commerce Township, Mich., is recalling about 400,000 HoMedics handheld massagers.
The cord can break near the base of the massager and expose the wires, posing an electric shock and burn hazards.
The company has received 140 reports of exposed wires, sparks, smoking and some shooting flames coming from the massagers. There have been 15 reports of burn injuries to consumer’s fingers and other parts of the body.
This recall involves three models of handheld massagers: HHP-375H, HHP-250 and the PA-MH-THP. All models have a 120 VAC, 60 HZ power cord. “HoMedics” is printed on the massagers.
The HHP-375H model Handheld Dual Node Percussion Massager with Heat is white with a gray handle or black with a gray handle. It has three sets of interchangeable nodes.
The HHP-250 model Handheld Hot and Cold Massager is white with a gray stripe or gray with a blue stripe. It has three, five or eight interchangeable nodes.
The PA-MH-THP model Handheld Compact Percussion Massager with Heat is white on the bottom of the base with gray on top. It has two sets of interchangeable nodes.
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. Date codes can be identified as a 4-digit number WWYY where WW is the sequential week of the year and YY is the last two digits of the manufacturing year.
The massagers, 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.
What to do
Consumers should 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 from the firm.
Consumers may contact HoMedics toll-free at 888-803-0509 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday or online at http://www.homedics.com for more information.