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"Recall Alerts"

01-08-2001

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Ford Recalls 1995 Contour-Engines
  2. Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives Recall to Inspect Propane Gas


(1) FORD RECALLS 1995 CONTOUR-ENGINES

Ford Motor Company is recalling 300,000 1995 Contour and Mercury Mystique sedans equipped with the 2.5 V6 engine. Tightening of the engine cooling fan motor bearings, up to and including motor stall, can result in increased motor torque and higher than normal motor current and accompanying high motor temperatures.

Overheating of the cooling fan motor due to excessive current can result in smoke and odors from bearing grease, insulation and other internal motor components. If electrical current continues to be applied to the motor, internal motor components could ignite possibly igniting other engine compartment components.

The recall notice is at the following http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/mmy.cfm at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


(2) CENEX HARVEST STATES COOPERATIVES RECALL TO INSPECT PROPANE GAS

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives (CHS) of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, is voluntarily coordinating the testing of propane gas delivered to dealers in five states. The propane may not have contained enough odorant to allow consumers to smell leaking gas, presenting a fire, explosion or thermal burn hazard to consumers.

CHS learned of two explosions involving propane gas in Montana that resulted in four injuries. CHS is coordinating the testing of propane gas distributed to the following dealers to ensure that the propane produced at the CHS Refinery in Laurel, Montana contained adequate quantities of odorant.

    Idaho
  • Bingham Co-op, Blackfoot
  • CHS Propane Plant, Challis
  • Farmers Supply Cooperative, Council
  • CHS Propane Plant, Jerome
    Montana
  • Farmers Union Oil, Baker
  • Rocky Mountain Supply, Belgrade
  • Farmers Union Oil, Chinook
  • Columbus Propane, Columbus
  • Mountain View Co-op, Dutton
  • Farmers Union Oil, Great Falls
  • Farmers Union Association, Hardin
  • CHS Country Operations, Havre
  • CHS Country Operations, Kalispsell
  • Town and Country Co-op, Laurel
  • Central Montana Propane, Lewistown
  • Farmers Union Oil, Lodge Grass
  • CHS Country Operations, Miles City
  • CHS Country Operations, Missoula
  • Farmers Union Oil, Worden
    Oregon
  • CHS Propane Plant, John Day
    Washington
  • Skagit Farmers Supply, Mt. Vernon
    Wyoming
  • Johnson County Co-op, Buffalo
  • Farmers Cooperative, Gillette
  • CHS Propane Plant, Gillette
  • Farmers Co-op Oil, Sherida
  • Big Horn Co-op Association, Worland

For more information, call County Energy, LLC, an affiliate of CHS, 24 hours per day at (800) 635-3998. The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 01-061, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01061.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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