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"Recall Alerts"

01-06-2003

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Power Conversion Corp. Announce Recall of Back-Up Power Supply Systems
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Innova, Inc. Announce Recall to Replace Exploding Frying Pans


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION CORP. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF BACK-UP POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Power Conversion Corporation (APC), of West Kingston, Rhode Island, is voluntarily recalling about 900,000 back-up power supply devices. These devices are primarily used to protect computers in case of a power failure. The power supply device can fail, causing the unit to overheat, which may pose a fire hazard to consumers.

APC has received six reports of units overheating resulting in the melting of the unit's outer casing and three reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled Back-UPSŪ CS Uninterruptible Power Supply devices include the Back-UPS CS350 and the Back-UPS CS 500 models. The model number can be found on the front of the unit, along with the words, "Back-UPS CS" and "APC." In addition, one of the following numbers shows up on the bar code label located on the bottom of the unit: BK350, BK500, BK500BLK. The recalled power supply devices also have one of the following serial numbers - AB0048 through AB0251, BB0104 through BB0251, and JB0125 through JB0251 - which can be found on the bottom of the unit. Units with an "R" at the end of the serial number within the above ranges are not part of this recall.

To obtain a free replacement unit, consumers should contact the company at (888) APC-RELY (272-7359) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday or log on to the company's website at www.apc.com/rely

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 03-068, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03068.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND INNOVA, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPLACE EXPLODING FRYING PANS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Innova Inc., Davenport, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling to replace about 8,700 Ultrex Thermal/Double Wall frying pans. The pans can explode or separate when preheated, used on high heat, or used for frying, which can pose a serious burn hazard from hot oil or food contents spilling onto consumers.

Innova has received 16 reports of these frying pans exploding, including two consumers who received burns from hot oil and eight reports of property damage.

The pans were manufactured in China and include an 8-inch omelet pan with stick handle and lid, an 8-inch fry pan with stick handle and no lid, a 9 1/2 -inch fry pan with buffet handles and lid, and an 11 1/2-inch deep chicken fryer with stick handle and helper handle and lid.

The outside of the pan is stainless steel and the inner surface has a black, non-stick coating. The pans have "DESIGNED IN THE USA, GOURMET QUALITY, ULTREX DOUBLE WALL, STAINLESS STEEL, INNOVA INC., DAVENPORT IA" engraved on the bottom.

HSN LP (Home Shopping Network) sold the pans nationwide from October 2001 through September 2002 for between $20 and $50 individually and between $150 and $300 as a set.

Consumers should stop using the frying pans immediately. Consumers do not need to return the recalled pans to the company; a letter will be sent to all consumers with information about the recall and the free replacement pan. For more information, consumers should call Innova at (800) 845-7447 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log on to the HSN website at www.hsn.com

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, release number 03-069, (301) 504-7066. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03069.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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