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"Recall Alerts"

01-13-2006

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, Generac Power Systems Inc. Announce Recall of Fuel Hoses Sold with Guardian® Home Generators
  2. CPSC, Stihl Inc. Announce Recall of Chain Saws


(1) CPSC, GENERAC POWER SYSTEMS INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF FUEL HOSES SOLD WITH GUARDIAN® HOME GENERATORS

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: 12" Braided Flex Fuel Hose sold with certain Guardian® Home Standby Air-Cooled Generators

Units: 20,000

Generator Manufacturer/Hose Distributor: Generac Power Systems Inc., of Waukesha, Wis.

Hose Manufacturer: RB Royal Industries Inc., of Fond du Lac, Wis.

Hazard: The fuel hoses can leak if bent in an unreasonable fashion during installation or upon completion of installation. If an ignition source is present, a fire or explosion can occur.

Incidents/Injuries: Generac has received no reports of fuel hose leaks. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled 12 inch braided flex fuel hoses are used with Guardian® Home Standby Air-Cooled Generators with serial numbers 3789827 and below. The generators are about 4 feet by 2 feet by 2½ feet, tan in color, and have identification decal tags displaying the serial number. The decal tag is affixed to the black divider plate that separates the engine from the control panel and can be found by lifting the top/lid of the metal enclosure. The fuel hose came supplied with the generator kits and connects the fuel supply to the generator. The hose is 12 inches long and covered with braided steel.

Sold at: Independent and national dealers sold these generators with the flex fuel hoses between March 2001 and September 2003 for about $1500 to $2500.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the generator if the fuel hose is bent or if the ferrules (connectors) are cracked, split or damaged in any way. Consumers with a bent hose or damaged connector should contact Generac Power Systems or a Generac authorized service dealer, to arrange for a free inspection and replacement of the flex fuel hose.

Consumer Contact: Call Generac Power Systems at (800) 949-7440 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.generac.com

Generac’s Media Contact: Stephanie Borowski at (262) 544-4811.

To view this recall online, please visit our website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06064.html



(2) CPSC, STIHL INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CHAIN SAWS

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: Stihl-brand MS 192 T Chain Saws

Units: About 23,500

Manufacturer: Stihl Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va.

Hazard: These chain saws can leak fuel, posing a fire hazard. A connection in the ignition grounding system could loosen and create a spark, posing a fire hazard. Also the springs in the clutch assembly could come out of position allowing a spring of the clutch to be projected from the saw housing resulting in injury to the user.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled Stihl-brand chain saws have model number MS 192 T, located on the side of the chain saw’s starter housing. They include serial numbers 264371702 through 266087005, which is located on the top/front of the chain saw’s housing.

Sold at: Authorized Stihl dealers nationwide from January 2005 through July 2005 for about $280.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these chain saws immediately and return them to an authorized Stihl dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: Call Stihl Inc. at (800) 610-6677 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Stihl’s Web site at www.stihlusa.com

To view this recall online, please visit our website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06063.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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