Recalls this week: radios, mugs, aquarium filters

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

A line of weather radios that can overheat and post a fire hazard are among this week's recalled products. Others include mugs that have been mislabeled as being safe to microwave.

Here's a more detailed look:


DETAILS: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is expanding its recall of Ambient Weather radios with model numbers WR-333, WR-333A, WR-334-U or WR-334A-U. "Ambient Weather," ''AM/FM/Weather Band Radio" and "NOAA Weather Radio" are printed in white lettering on the front of the radio. Accessories included an AC adapter, DC converter or solar panel charger. The model numbers are printed in the owner's manual. They were sold at Grainger stores nationwide and online at and from October 2012 through June 2014 for between $30 and $90.

WHY: The weather radio can overheat when plugged into an outlet, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: Four additional reports of smoke in the back battery area. No injuries reported.

HOW MANY: About 57,000. In addition, about 12,500 were recalled in August 2015.

FOR MORE: Call Ambient Weather at 877-413-8800 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. MT or visit and click on "Customer Care," then "Recall Information."


DETAILS: Five models of Top Fin Power Filters. The models included in this recall are Top Fin Power Filters 10, 20, 30, 40 and 75. The words "TOP FIN" are molded into the top of the filter. The filters were also sold as part of Top Fin 5.5 and 10 gallon LED aquarium kits. They were sold at PetSmart stores nationwide and online from September 2015 through December 2015 for between $15 and $64.

WHY: A conductor on the pump motor can become exposed and electrify the aquarium water, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 155,000 in the U.S. and about 3,300 filters in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call United Pet Group at 800-338-4896 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit and click on "Product Recalls" at the bottom of the page.


DETAILS: 14-ounce, white ceramic coffee mugs with "Love Today" printed in gold metallic on the outside of mug and sold at Target Stores nationwide and online at between December 2015 and January 2016. "Microwave Safe" and "Illume" are printed on a removable label on the bottom of the mug.

WHY: The mugs were mislabeled as microwave safe. If microwaved, the metallic print on the mug can spark, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: Three reports of mugs sparking during microwaving. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 12,300.

FOR MORE: Call Illume at 888-245-5863 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit , and click on the "Recall Information" button. Or, call Target Customer Service at 800-440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit and click on the "Product Recalls" link on the bottom of the home page.


DETAILS: Pelican 9410L flashlights equipped with lithium ion battery packs and replacement battery packs. "Pelican 9410L" is printed on the front of the flashlights and on the top of the handle. The recalled flashlights have manufacturer part number 9410-021-245 or 9410-021-110 printed on the packaging. The manufacturer part number for the recalled battery pack is 9413-301-001 and is printed on a label on the battery's shrink wrap. Only battery packs that contain green shrink wrapped cells are included in the recall. They were sold at sports and specialty stores nationwide, online at and other industrial supply dealers or distributors from May 2014 through January 2016.

WHY: The battery packs in the flashlights can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: Two reports of overheating battery packs. No injuries reported.

HOW MANY: About 3,800 flashlights and 150 replacement battery packs in the U.S. In addition, about 800 flashlights and 18 replacement battery packs were sold in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Pelican Products at 877-619-0289 or 310-257-5691 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, send email to or visit and click on "Recall Information" at the bottom of the page.