Clothing Steamer Recall As 5.4 Million HSN Products Pose Serious Burn Hazard

About 5.4 million handheld clothing steamers are being recalled after more than 100 people were burned, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

A recall notice posted on Wednesday said the Joy/JM-branded My Little Steamer and My Little Steamer Go Mini could pose a "serious burn hazard to consumers."

Florida-based HSN, formerly known as the Home Shopping Network, sold millions of the appliances across the U.S. via its website and television network. An additional 14,300 were distributed in Canada.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said HSN had received 227 reports of hot water spraying or leaking from the steamers, including 106 reports of burn injuries.

It added: "These reports include eight reports of second-degree burns and six reports of third-degree burns."

The appliance, manufactured in China, emits steam from a nozzle head to remove wrinkles from clothes and other fabrics.

It was available in two sizes, standard or the compact Go Mini, and could be purchased individually or in a set of two. It came in a variety of colors.

The CPSC notice said: "Recalled models have either a flat or triangular steamer head and the name of the product is printed on the side of the unit."

The commission advised people to "immediately" stop using the steamers and contact HSN to organize a refund.

Units purchased between January 2018 and December 2020 will be eligible for a full refund, while those bought from January 2015 to December 2017 can receive a partial refund.

A voucher will be offered for units bought before January 2015.

The recall of the steamers is part of a settlement following a class-action lawsuit against HSN and its subsidiary, Ingenious Designs.

According to the consumer website Top Class Actions, the court did not rule in favor of the plaintiffs or the defendants, and both sides "agreed to the settlement in order to avoid the risks associated with ongoing litigation."

The website added that consumers may file only one claim per steamer and must provide proof of purchase, ownership and documentation to be eligible.

Consumers who want to find out if they are eligible for the recall can contact HSN toll-free at 855-654-0942 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday to Friday.

Further details can be accessed at steamerrecallsettlement.com or at hsn.com by clicking on the Recall Information link on the home page.

Both paper and online forms can be downloaded from the important documents page at steamerrecallsettlement.com.

Newsweek has contacted HSN and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for further comment.

Millions of steamers are being recalled
Millions of steamers are being recalled across the U.S. HSN