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"Recall Alerts"

01-02-2001

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. DewaltŪ Industrial Tool Company Recalls Battery Chargers
  2. GEM Stores Recalls Christmas Lights/Christmas Trees
  3. Sun Sun Industries, Inc. Recalls Miniature Christmas Lights
  4. Pioneer Paper Company Recalls Christmas Lights
  5. GE Announces Free Repair Supplement of Rebate Program for Recalled Dishwashers


(1) DEWALTŪ INDUSTRIAL TOOL COMPANY RECALLS BATTERY CHARGERS

DEWALT Industrial Tool Company of Baltimore, Maryland is voluntarily recalling about 1.7 million battery chargers used with cordless power tools.

The Black & Decker Industry & Construction battery chargers have model numbers 97015 and 97016. The model number is written on the front of the chargers. They have date codes from 9616 through 9752, which is located on the bottom of the chargers. The Black & Decker Industry & Construction chargers are black. "Black & Decker Industry and Construction" is written on the front of these chargers. Home center and hardware stores sold these battery chargers nationwide form May 1996 through August 2000 for between $50 and $60. During the same time, these chargers also were sold with some DEWALTŪ and Black & Decker Industry & Construction cordless tools.

To locate the nearest service center, or for more information, call DEWALT toll-free at (866) 543-3401 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday, or go to DEWALT's web site at http://www.dewalt.com/us/core/

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number is 01-057, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01057.html


(2) GEM STORES RECALLS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS/CHRISTMAS TREES

Christmas Lights - GEM Stores of Jamaica, New York, is recalling 50,000 sets of miniature Christmas lights and icicle-style lights. The lights are flashing steady burning or chasing light in various colors and they ware made in China. The lights were sold in GEM Stores throughout New York from November 2000 to December 2000. A "GEM STORES" orange price sticker is affixed to each box.

PROBLEM: The lights have undersized wires that can easily pull out of the plugs and light sockets, posing electric shock and fire hazards to consumers.

For more information, call GEM Stores collect at (718) 217-5600 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. The CPSC point of contact is Kim Dulic, release number 01-060, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01060a.html


(3) SUN SUN INDUSTRIES, INC. RECALLS MINIATURE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The CPSC and Sun Sun Industries, Inc. of Carlstadt, New Jersey is recalling 12,000 sets of miniature Christmas lights. The recalled lights are sets of 100 miniature lights in various colors that are steady burning or flashing. The red box reads in part, "100 MINIATURE LIGHTS, MADE IN CHINA, IMPORTED BY SUN SUN INDUSTRIES, INC." A Christmas tree is on the box. The lights were sold in M&S Bargain Hunter stores throughout New York from October 2000 to December 2000.

PROBLEM: The lights have undersized wires that can easily pull out of the plugs and light sockets, posing electric shock and fire hazards to consumers.

For more information you can call Sun Sun Industries collect at (201) 935-4637 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. The CPSC point of contact is Kim Dulic, release number 01-01060b, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01060b.html


(4) PIONEER PAPER COMPANY RECALLS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The CPSC and Pioneer Paper Company of Brooklyn of New York is recalling about 2,600 sets of musical and miniature Christmas lights and sets of 100 miniature lights. Both light sets come in various colors that are steady burning or flashing. The musical lights play eight melodies. The white box reads in part, "VALUE, 100 LIGHTS, MADE IN CHINA." Stars are on the box. The lights were sold at discount stores throughout New York from September, 2000 to December, 2000.

PROBLEM: The lights have undersized wires that can easily pull out of the plugs and light sockets, posing electric shock and fire hazards to consumers.

The lights should be immediately returned to the store where purchased for a full refund. Or call Pioneer Paper Company collect at (718) 417-1717 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. The CPSC point of contact is Kim Dulic, release number 01-01060c, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01060c.html


(5) GE ANNOUNCES FREE REPAIR SUPPLEMENT OF REBATE PROGRAM FOR RECALLED DISHWASHERS

In cooperation with the CPSC, General Electric Appliances Company of Louisville, Kentucky is voluntarily offering a free repair option in the form of a rewiring for its recalled GE and Hotpoint dishwashers. With the free rewire option, a GE-authorized technician will rewire the slide switch at no cost to consumers. This supplements the original rebate program announced October 19, 1999. The dishwashers have a slide switch that can melt and ignite, presenting a fire hazard. CPSC is aware of approximately 90 incidents associated with these dishwashers. GE manufactured 3.1 million of these dishwashers between 1983 and 1989.







The slide switch allows consumers to choose between heated drying and "energy saver" functions. Over time, the slide switch can melt and ignite, presenting a fire hazard. In the free rewiring program announced, GE-authorized technicians will rewire the slide switch, eliminating it from the electrical circuit and thereby eliminating the fire risk.

There have been approximately 90 incidents of fire, smoking and melted switches, 14 of which included fires that spread beyond the dishwasher. Approximately 10 incidents have occurred since the recall announcement. No injuries have been reported.

The GE and Hotpoint dishwashers involved are models beginning with GS D500D, GSD500G, GSD540, HDA467, HDA477, or HDA487 with a serial number that has a second letter of A, M, R, S, T, V, or Z (for example, BM12345). The model and serial numbers are located on a rectangular label that is on either the right or left front edge of the inner tub. The GE or Hotpoint brand name is on the front of the dishwasher.

For more information, contact GE at (800) 599-2929 anytime or at http://www.geappliances.com/plcy/rcll.htm The CPSC point of contact is Russ Rader, release number 01-054, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01054.html

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), palynch@cozen.com (e-mail), http://www.cozen.com. Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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