Yeti Recalls 1.9 Million Soft Coolers Over Magnet Ingestion Risk
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the products can release harmful magnets when the closure systems degrade or fail
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Austin, Texas-based cooler company Yeti has recalled nearly two million of its soft-sided coolers and gear cases after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said they pose a health risk. According to the CPSC, the Yeti products in question contain high-powered magnets that, if ingested, can cause injury or even death.
The recalled Yeti products include the Hopper M20 Backpack, SideKick Dry gear case, and two iterations of the Hopper M30 tote-style cooler. The problems impact all colors for each product. The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the products and contact Yeti for a full refund.
Each of the four products feature closure systems that utilize the magnets, and the CPSC reports that “degrading or failing” products can release stray magnets. “When two or more high-powered magnets are swallowed, the ingested magnets can attract to each other, or to another metal object, and become lodged in the digestive system,” the CPSC said in a statement. “This can result in perforations, twisting and/or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning and death.”
According to the CPSC, no injuries or ingestions have been reported, but the group has received 1,399 reports of complications with the magnetic closures. The recalled products were sold between March 2018 and January 2023 at various retailers, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and ACE Hardware.
In a statement provided to Outside, Yeti said: “We made this decision after learning the magnet-lined closures of these products can fail and result in detached magnets, which poses a risk of serious injury or death if two or more are ingested. While we have not been made aware of any injuries as of the time of the recall, the safety of our customers, the quality of our products, and the integrity of our brand are non-negotiable. We ask that any customers who currently have these products to immediately stop using them and follow the recall instructions, which can be found here: YETI Recalls 1.9 Million Soft Coolers and Gear Cases Due to Magnet Ingestion Hazard | CPSC.gov.”
The impacted products are below: