Breaking news! YETI, the beloved brand known for their high-quality outdoor gear, has issued a recall for 1.9 million soft coolers and gear cases. The reason? Safety concerns involving magnetic closures that could potentially pose a hazard to consumers.
The affected products include the YETI Hopper M30 Soft Cooler 1.0 and 2.0, Hopper M20 Soft Backpack Cooler, and SideKick Dry Gear Case. These products all feature a main-pocket closure lined with powerful magnets, which are enclosed in a heat-sealed plastic strip.
If you own any of the recalled products, stop using them immediately and contact YETI for a full refund or replacement. You can visit www.yeti.com for instructions on returning the product free of charge for the choice of a suggested replacement product of equal or greater value or full refund in the form of a YETI gift card with an additional $25 value.
So why exactly is YETI recalling these products? Well, the company has received a whopping 1,399 reports of the magnet-lined closures degrading or failing, including reports of missing or detached magnets. While no injuries have been reported, the potential for magnets to become detached and ingested poses a serious hazard to consumers.
These coolers and gear cases were sold in a variety of colors, with the YETI logo proudly displayed on the front. The recalled products were sold at popular retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, ACE Hardware, Academy Sports + Outdoors, as well as online at Amazon and YETI’s official website.
The SideKick Dry Gear Case measures about 11 inches wide and 7 inches high, while the M20 Soft Backpack Cooler measures about 18 inches wide and 18 inches high. The M30 Soft Cooler 1.0 and 2.0 is the largest of the bunch, measuring about 25 inches wide and 17 inches high. A hang tag with the product name is attached to each cooler and gear case.
YETI is an American company based in Austin, Texas, but these products were manufactured in the Philippines, Vietnam, and China. The recall number for this incident is 23-145.
While this recall is undoubtedly unfortunate news for YETI fans, the company’s commitment to consumer safety is commendable. So, if you own any of the affected products, make sure to follow YETI’s instructions and contact them immediately for a refund or replacement.