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How likely are you to remove and ingest the magnets that seal the YETI soft-sided coolers? Probably not very likely but YETI prioritizes safety with their products.
Roy and Ryan Seiders created their first YETI cooler in 2005. Many people were skeptical about a $300 cooler, but the brothers wanted to build a product that would stand the test of time. Nowadays, their products have created a cultural niche within the outdoor community. People love their YETI products. I’m one of them.
It always seems to be a common trait with popular products. The more produced, the wider they are distributed, the more they are tested, and the higher the likelihood they can have misuses. On March 9, 2023, YETI identified such an example.
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YETI voluntarily recalled the Hopper M20, Hopper M30 1.0 and 2.0, and SideKick Dry products sold between March 2018 and January 2023. A potential hazard was discovered with the magnets that seal the cooler closed.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “The magnet-lined closures can fail and result in detached magnets, posing a risk of serious injury or death if ingested. 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. This can result in perforations, twisting and/or blockage of the intestines, infection, blood poisoning and death.”
That. Sounds. Terrible. YETI recommends that you immediately stop the use of these products immediately and contact them for a replacement.
Fill out the form on YETI’s website to receive your choice of either a suggested replacement product of equal or greater value than the recalled product or a full refund in the form of a YETI gift card with an additional value depending on the product and market.
Also, don’t swallow magnets.