Life is Good Travel Mugs Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

About 15,000 <"">Fall 2009 Newbury Travel Mugs, imported by the S Group, of Portland, Oregon and manufactured by Pow Can, of Zhejiang, China, have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The recalled Fall 2009 Newbury Travel Mugs can become excessively hot to the touch when filled with hot liquids, posing a burn hazard to consumers. To date, the firm has received three reports of excessively hot mugs, including one complaint of a minor burn to the hand.

This recall involves Newbury Travel Mugs. The 7½ -inch tall mugs were sold in blue, green, and orange, each with a navy blue lid. The Life is Good trademark is printed on the mug along with a graphic of a heart, peace symbol, or daisy. The recalled Fall 2009 Newbury Travel Mugs were sold at Life is Good and independent retail stores nationwide and online at from July 2009 through September 2009 for about $20.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Fall 2009 Newbury Travel Mugs and return them to receive a credit or gift certificate for the amount of the purchase price. Life is Good can be reached toll-free at 1-888-339-2987 between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Friday. Consumers can also visit the firm’s Web site at

The recalled Fall 2009 Newbury Travel Mugs were manufactured in China. Of note, defective imports from China have been making headlines in recent years; this recall of defective Fall 2009 Newbury Travel Mugs is another of many such issues on which we have been writing.

In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the United States involved imports from China. Products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin have been found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long been putting United States consumers at significant risk. Also making news is the ongoing <"">Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country.

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