3M recalls hard hats for electric shock hazard

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3M Company is recalling about 7,500 hard hats that were marketed to protect against electrical shock, but actually do not provide this protection.

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. The hats were available online at Alliedelec.com, Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com from January 2008 through April 2016 for about $15.

So far, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

3M urges customers to immediately stop using the affected hard hats and contact 3M for a replacement hat.

For more information on the recall, click here.