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"Recall Alerts"

01-06-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. CPSC, C & A Scientific Co. Announce Recall of Metal Alcohol Burners
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of International Trucks


(1) CPSC, C & A SCIENTIFIC CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF METAL ALCOHOL BURNERS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Metal Alcohol Burners (used in scientific experiments)

Units: About 3,000

Manufacturer: C & A Scientific Co. Inc., of Manassas, Va.

Hazard: Alcohol can leak from defective soldering around the burnerís copper tubing that acts as a wick, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: C & A Scientific has received 12 reports of incidents involving leaks from the soldering around the copper tubing on the burnerís lid. One student received a minor burn to the hand.

Description: The metal alcohol burner consists of a stainless steel tank with a screw-on steel lid. A copper tubing wick in the shape of a loop is soldered on the top of the burnerís lid. The burner and lid measure 3-inches in diameter by 3 Ĺ-inches high. The burner also has a separate metal top which fits over the copper wick to act as a snuffer, and a metal heat shield designed to sit on top of the lid. Item number 97-5320 is printed on the burnerís packaging.

Sold at: Education supply dealers, including Home Training Tools Ltd., by catalog mail order or Web retailers from November 2004 through October 2005 for about $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled metal alcohol burners immediately and return them to place of purchase for replacement or refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact C & A Scientific toll-free at (800) 681-6886 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

To view this recall online, please visit our website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06061.html


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
INTERNATIONAL / 7600 2002-2006
INTERNATIONAL / 7700 2002-2006
INTERNATIONAL / 8600 2002-2006

Manufacturer: INTERNATIONAL TRUCK & ENGINE CORPORATION

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V567000

Mfg's Report Date: DEC 19, 2005

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 6848

Summary: ON CERTAIN HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH CATERPILLAR DIESEL ENGINES, THE ENGINE ELECTRICAL GROUND CABLE THAT CONNECTS THE ENGINE BLOCK WITH THE STARTER MAY BE ROUTED IN A WAY THAT COULD CAUSE CHAFING AGAINST THE STARTER'S POSITIVE BATTERY CABLES.

Consequence: IF CHAFING OCCURS BETWEEN THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CABLES, AN ELECTRICAL SHORT MAY RESULT AND MAY CAUSE A VEHICLE FIRE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE ENGINE GROUND CABLES FOR PROPER ROUTING. IF ANY CHAFING IS FOUND, THE ENGINE BLOCK GROUND CABLE WILL BE REPLACED WITH A SHORTER (280MM) CABLE AND ANY OTHER DAMAGED CABLES WILL BE REPLACED AND ROUTED CORRECTLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 21, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT INTERNATIONAL AT 1-800-448-7825.

Notes: INTERNATIONAL RECALL NO. 05523. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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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