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Garden Furniture Sold by UK Store Aldi Recalled For Fire Risk

20 Jun Garden Furniture Sold by UK Store Aldi Recalled For Fire Risk

By Martin Tremblay

Wiltshire Trading Standards has recalled garden items sold by all Aldi stores in Swindon. All five Aldi stores in Swindon urgently need to replace some outdoor cushion covers because they may deteriorate and become more flammable over time.

The replacement will be done for all customers who purchased between February 13 and April 20, 2022. Customers who bought the item in-store are requested to contact the budget supermarket and organize for delivery urgently. On the other hand, Customers who ordered the patio furniture online will be contacted by the store because they already have their details.

On discovering the fire risk paused by the garden items sold from their Drove Road, Hobley Drive, Romsey Street, Shaw Road and N Latham Road – and Royal Wootton Bassett branches, the supermarket chain put up a statement on their website which reads as follows.

Aldi says: “As a precautionary measure, we are sending replacement cushion covers to all customers who have purchased the following garden furniture products between February 13 2022 and April 20 2022 only.”

“Our supplier has advised that the cushion covers’ fire-retardant effectiveness may deteriorate over time.”

The products affected are:

  • Bench add on rattan effect – all colors – 718472, 718473, 718474
  • Add on stool two-pack – all colors – 718488, 718489, 718490
  • Cushion set rattan effect corner set – 718487
  • Rope effect coffee set 3 pc – 812106, 812664
  • Rattan corner sofa set (with cover) – all colors (the UK only) – 718223, 718224, 718225
  • Rattan corner sofa (without cover) – all colors – 718220, 718221, 718222
  • Hanging egg chair with cover (the UK only) – 812611, 812612
  • Hanging egg chair – 812599, 812606, 812608

Heatwave in the UK

The recall and replacement news came after the MET Office predicted hotter summer months this year.

The MET said “Whilst this doesn’t necessarily mean heat waves will occur, it does increase the likelihood of heatwaves compared to normal, particularly in June and July,” 

“The increased chance of hot conditions could just as easily reflect a mix of hot and cool days, warm nights, or less extreme levels of warmth rather than heatwave conditions specifically.” 

The extreme heat waves may or may not occur, but if they do, residents should take the necessary precaution measures to prevent unfortunate occurrences on outdoor furniture like fire.

Protecting Garden Furniture from Heat Waves

Heat wears down fibers used to make patio furniture. In the case of Aldi sold cushion covers, the deterioration over time may cause the cushion covers to catch fire.

To protect outdoor furniture from the adverse effects of heat waves, place them under a shade, so they do not come into direct contact with harsh weather. Moreover, some outdoor furniture has unique covers to protect them from direct sunlight and water.

Such covers work well for furniture which is only exposed over the weekends. Having to remove and replace the covers every day can be tiring.

Customers who purchased any of these products in-store should contact the customer care team in Aldi on 0800 042 0800 (UK) or 1800 991 828 (Ireland) for replacement arrangements. Customers who purchased the items online should expect an email with delivery details from the store.

“All affected customers should dispose of the current cushion covers and await their free replacement covers.” According to a statement issued by Aldi,