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RECALL: Shock hazard with 3M hard hats sold online • 16-201

June 24, 2016 | By Anthony Capkun

June 24, 2016 – The U.S. CPSC has advised us of a recall involving certain 3M vented hard hats sold online that were marketed to protect against electric shock but, in fact, do not.

The recall involves about 7500 units sold under the 3M, 3M Tekk Protection and AOSafety brands. The hard hats are white, have eight, 3/4-in. long ventilation slits along each side at the hat’s crown, and have a ratchet adjustment for fit.

“3M” or “AOSafety” is moulded into the white plastic on the top of the brim. “XLR8 VENTED” is moulded onto the bottom of the brim. “ANSI Z89.1” is printed on a sticker inside the hard hats.

The hats were sold online at Alliedelec.com, Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com from January 2008 through April 2016 for about $15 US. They were manufactured in the United States.


Again, this recall only involves the 3M hard hats sold online. No incidents or injuries have been reported, and it unknown how many units (if any) made it into Canada.

Consumers who purchased the hard hats online for protection against electrical shock should immediately stop using them and contact 3M for a free replacement. Call 3M at 800-494-3552 or visit www.3MSafety.com and looks for the Safety Recall link.

— Photo courtesy CPSC

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