Shock Hazard Triggers Recall for 3M Hard Hats Sold Online

The company beleives that about 7,500 hard hats are potentially defective

Shock Hazard Triggers Recall for 3M Hard Hats Sold Online
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June 24, 2016

The 3M Company has announced a recall for a potentially defective safety product.

The manufacturer is recalling about 7,500 of its vented hard hats sold under the 3M, 3M Tekk Protection, and AOSafety brands. The hard hats were marketed to protect against electric shock, but they do not provide this protection, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

The recalled hard hats are white, have eight, ¾-inch long ventilation slits along each side at the hat's crown, and have a ratchet adjustment for fit. 3M or AOSafety is molded into the white plastic on the top of the brim. XLR8 VENTED is molded onto the bottom of the brim. ANSI Z89.1 is printed on a sticker inside the hard hats. This recall only involves the 3M hard hats sold online.

No injuries have been reported in connection with this issue to date.

Consumers could purchase the recalled hard hats online from January 2008 through April 2016 for about $15.

Customers who purchased the hard hats online for protection against electrical shock should immediately stop using them and contact 3M for a free replacement hard hat.

Individuals with questions about this recall can contact 3M at (800) 494-3552.