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"Recall Alerts"

01-08-2010

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Fire and Burn Hazards Prompt Recall of Gas Grills Sold at Lowe’s Stores
  2. Stainless Steel Cookware Recalled by Cost Plus World Market Due to Burn Hazard
  3. Goodman Company Reannounces Recall of Air Conditioner/Heat Pump Units Due to Fire Hazard
  4. JCPenney Recalls Cooks® Outdoor BBQ Grills Due to Fire Hazard
  5. Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves for Large Water Heaters Recalled by Watts Regulator Due to Rupture and Burn Hazards
  6. Christmas Tree Toppers Recalled by Precious Moments Due to Fire Hazard
  7. Home Depot Recalls Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards


(1) FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS PROMPT RECALL OF GAS GRILLS SOLD AT LOWE’S STORES

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

Name of Product: Perfect Flame SLG Series Gas Grills

Units: About 663,000 in the United States and about 1,700 in Canada

Importer: L G Sourcing, Inc., of North Wilkesboro, N.C.

Manufacturer: Lucas Innovation Inc., of China

Hazard: The burners can deteriorate causing irregular flames and the lids of some models can catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received about 40 reports of fires from the burners deteriorating and about 23 reports of the lids catching fire. The firm is aware of one report of an eye injury requiring surgery and 21 incidents of minor burns to the hands, arms or face.

Description: The recalled grills are SLG series “Perfect Flame” brand outdoor propane or natural gas grills. The grills are stainless steel and painted black or gray metal. The model numbers affected by this recall are listed below. The model number can be found in the compartment under the cooking chamber. No other Perfect Flame model numbers are included in this recall.

ModelReplacement BurnersReplacement Lid
SLG2006BYesNo
SLG2006BNYesNo
SLG2006CYesNo
SLG2006CNYesNo
SLG2007AYesYes
SLG2007BYesYes
SLG2007BNYesYes
SLG2007DYesNo
SLG2007DNYesNo
SLG2008AYesYes

Sold exclusively at: Lowe’s retail outlets nationwide from September 2005 through May 2009 for between $200 and $550 (U.S.) and in Canada from December 2007 through May 2009 for between $200 and $250 (CAN).

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact L G Sourcing to receive free replacement burners and, depending on the model of the grill owned, a free replacement lid.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (888) 840-9590 anytime, or visit www.lowes.com

Note: Health Canada’s press release can be seen at: http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=860


SLG2008A Model



(2) STAINLESS STEEL COOKWARE RECALLED BY COST PLUS WORLD MARKET DUE TO BURN HAZARD

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: Stainless Steel Cookware

Units: About 300

Distributor: Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland, CA

Manufacturer: Kraftwares, of Mahalaxmi, Mumbai

Hazard: The handles on the cookware can break, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: This recall involves three stainless steel cookware sets; a 4-piece multi cooker set, a 3-piece steamer set, and a 1.5 quart egg poacher with SKU numbers 422698, 422699 and 422700. The SKU numbers can be found on the sales receipt.

Sold at: Cost Plus World Market stores nationwide in August 2009. The 4-piece multi cooker was sold for $30, the 3-piece steamer set for $15 and the 1.5QT egg poacher for $15.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cookware and return it to any Cost Plus or World Market store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cost Plus toll free at (877) 967-5362 between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. ET anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.worldmarket.com


4-Piece Multi Cooker Set


3-Piece Steamer Set


1.5 Qt. Egg Poacher


(3) GOODMAN COMPANY REANNOUNCES RECALL OF AIR CONDITIONER/HEAT PUMP UNITS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Name of Product: Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (PTACs) Units

Units: About 30,000; previously recalled in August 2008

Manufacturer: Goodman Company, LP, of Houston, Texas

Hazard: The power cords on the PTACs can overheat, posing a burn or fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Goodman has received eleven reports of smoke or fire associated with the PTAC’s power cords. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes 5.0 kW Amana-brand, Comfort-Aire-brand and Century-brand Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner units with model numbers PTxxx3x50xx (Amana) and EKTxxx-150x (Comfort-Aire and Century) and serial numbers 0702112056 through 0804237539. The model and serial numbers are located on the control board plate found under the PTAC unit’s front cover.

Sold at: Goodman and heating and cooling equipment dealers nationwide from February 2007 through June 2008 for between $700 and $1,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should contact Goodman to receive a free replacement power cord. Commercial and institutional owners will be contacted directly and will install the power cord.

Consumer Contact: For additional information regarding Amana-brand units, contact Goodman at (800) 366-0339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday; for Comfort-Aire and Century-brand units call (877) 442-4482 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; or visit www.regcen.com/ptaccord for all products.


(4) JCPENNEY RECALLS COOKS® OUTDOOR BBQ GRILLS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

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: Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills

Units: About 5,600

Importer: JCPenney Purchasing Corp., of Plano, Texas

Hazard: The drip pan on the grill does not allow for adequate drainage, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 11 reports of fires resulting from inadequate drainage. No injuries reported.

Description: This recall involves Cooks® brand outdoor BBQ grills. The grill has a digital thermometer on the hood, stainless steel top and a global LP regulator. Lot number 780-2176 is printed on the underside of the grill’s stand.

Sold exclusively at: JCPenney stores nationwide and online at www.jcp.com from February 2009 through September 2009 for between $190 and $600.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills. To ensure the grills are not useable, consumers should remove the gas regulator and hose assembly. All consumers (whether they purchased the item online or at a JCPenney retail stores) should return the regulator and hose to the Catalog/Customer Service Desk at any JCPenney store for a full refund. Consumers should contact JCPenney for instructions on how to disconnect the gas regulator and hose.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact JCPenney toll-free at (888) 333-6063 anytime of visit the firm’s Web site at www.jcp.com


(5) TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE RELIEF VALVES FOR LARGE WATER HEATERS RECALLED BY WATTS REGULATOR DUE TO RUPTURE AND BURN HAZARDS

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: One-inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves

Units: About 900

Manufacturer: Watts Regulator Co., of North Andover, Mass.

Hazard: The relief valve can fail to reduce pressure and avert failure or rupture of the water heater tank and associated valves, posing rupture and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the one-inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief valves, which are typically used in large water heaters for commercial buildings or possibly for large homes. The valves bear item codes 0259844 (75 psi/210°F); 0259924 (100 psi/210°F); 0259708 (150 psi/210°F); 0259925 (125 psi/210°F); and 0259930 (150 psi/210°F). The affected date codes are 0641R through 0930R. The date code is printed after the model number “M15” on a green metal tag fastened to the pressure relief valve.

Sold by: Authorized distributors nationwide from October 2006 through July 2009 for between $250 and $280. The valves were typically sold as replacement parts for large water heaters used in commercial locations or possibly large homes.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Watts Regulator to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Watts Regulator toll-free at (888) 272-4649 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.watts.com




(6) CHRISTMAS TREE TOPPERS RECALLED BY PRECIOUS MOMENTS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

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: Precious Moments Angel Tree Toppers

Units: About 4,300

Distributor: Precious Moments Inc. of Carthage, Mo.

Hazard: Undersized wiring can cause the tree topper’s switch assembly to overheat and melt posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Precious Moments has received two reported incident involving the tree topper overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled tree toppers are 10 inch tall vinyl angels with LED lighted wings. The angels are white, gold and yellow and they are holding either a star or a set of bells.

Sold at: Menards, Shopko and Blain’s Farm and Fleet nationwide from August 2009 through December 2009 for about $18.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the tree toppers and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Precious Moments at (877) 778-7275 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.preciousmoments.com




(7) HOME DEPOT RECALLS DEHUMIDIFIERS DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS

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: Hampton Bay Dehumidifiers

Units: About 2,000

Importer: The Home Depot, of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: An internal component can fail causing the dehumidifier to overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Home Depot has received 18 reports of the dehumidifiers catching fire. One consumer reported a burn injury to his forearm.

Description: The dehumidifiers are beige, have four wheels, and measure 21 inches high, 13 ½ inches wide and 17 ½ inches long. “Hampton Bay” is printed on the front panel. Model HB-50 is being recalled. The model number is printed on the back interior panel.

Sold at: The Home Depot from November 2000 through May 2007 for between $120 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Home Depot to receive a gift card for the full amount of the purchase price.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact The Home Depot at (800) 553-3199 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.homedepot.com



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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