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Safety Alert

3M Recalls Hard Hats Due to Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Vented hard hats

Hazard: Hard hats sold online were marketed to protect against electric shock, but they do not provide this protection, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact: 3M Company at 800-494-3552 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.3MSafety.com and click on "Safety Recall" for more information, or www.DIY.3M.com and click on "Safety Recall" for more information.

Units: About 7,500

Description: This recall involves 3M vented hard hats sold under the 3M™, 3M™ Tekk Protection™ and AOSafety™ brands. The 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.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: Consumers 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.

Sold at: Online at Alliedelec.com, Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com from January 2008 through April 2016 for about $15.

Importer: 3M Company, of St. Paul, Minn.

Distributor: 3M Company, of St. Paul, Minn.

Manufactured in: U.S.