Fire Hazard Prompts Verandah Patio Fireplace Recall

About 1,250 <"">Vintage Verandah Patio Fireplaces have been recalled by distributor W.S. Badcock Corporation (Mulberry, Florida) due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The recalled Vintage Verandah Patio Fireplaces were manufactured in China by Fujian Minhou Minxing Weaving Co. Ltd.

A paint used to finish the exterior shell may catch fire, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, W.S. Badcock Corporation has received one report of the exterior shell catching fire. As yet, no injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled Vintage Verandah Patio Fireplace.

The recalled Vintage Verandah Patio Fireplace is made of black metal with wire mesh sides, a black metal cap and chimney, and a metal grate with two accessory tools. The recalled fireplaces retailed for about $300 and were sold at Badcock Home Furniture & More and Badcock Home Furnishings Center stores from September 2008 to November 2009.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the fireplaces immediately and return them to their local Badcock store or place of purchase. W.S. Badcock Corporation’s Corporate call center can be reached toll-free at 1-800-223-2625 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday (EST). W.S. Badcock can also be reached at its Web site at

As we have long been writing, we have been following the issue of defective and, sometimes, dangerous imports making their way into this country from China. The recalled Vintage Verandah Patio Fireplaces is just one of many recalls and issues concerning defective products, food, and medicines imported into this country from China and the second such recall we have discussed on this blog today alone. In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the U.S. involved imports from China. Products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin were found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long put American consumers at significant health risks.

Also making news is the ongoing and massive Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country.

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