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"Recall Alerts"

01-25-2008

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Nordstrom Recalls Taper and Votive Candles Due To Fire Hazard
  2. Pottery Barn Recalls Decorative Candles Due to Fire Hazard
  3. The Wick & Petal Co. Recalls Candles Due to Fire Hazard
  4. A.O. Smith Recalls Exhaust Fan Electric Motors Due to Fire Hazard
  5. Torchiere Lamps Recalled By L G Sourcing Due to Fire Hazard; Lamps Sold Exclusively At Lowe’s Stores
  6. North American Breaker Co. Recalls Counterfeit Circuit Breakers Due to Fire Hazard
  7. Lenox Recalls Covered Warmer Dishes Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
  8. Christmas Candle Sets Recalled By Specialty Merchandise Corp. Due to Fire Hazard
  9. DeWALT Recalls Cordless Drills due to Fire Hazard


(1) NORDSTROM RECALLS TAPER AND VOTIVE CANDLES 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: Nordstrom “At Home” Taper and Votive Candles

Units: About 2,500

Importer: Nordstrom Inc., of Seattle, Wash.

Hazard: The candle's exterior coating can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Nordstrom has received four reports of flames or smoke coming from the candle or the exterior coating. One instance of property damage was reported but no injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Nordstrom “At Home” 10-inch taper candles and Nordstrom “At Home” votive candles. The taper candles were sold under style numbers NR-07059G and NR-07059S. The votive candles were sold under style numbers NR-07001G and NR-07001S. The candles came in silver and gold and were sold in a box of six. The style number can be found on a sticker at the bottom of the packaging.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Sold at: Nordstrom stores nationwide from September 2007 through December 2007 for about $18 for the taper candles and about $12 for the votive candles.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these candles immediately and return them to any Nordstrom store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Nordstrom at (800) 804-0806, 24 hours per day, visit the company’s Web site at www.nordstrom.com, or email contact@nordstrom.com


(2) POTTERY BARN RECALLS DECORATIVE CANDLES 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: Round and Egg-Shaped Decorative Candles

Units: About 185,000

Importer: Pottery Barn of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The candle’s exterior coating can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Pottery Barn has received two reports of the gold paint on the candle exterior igniting. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves egg-shaped and large and small round candles sold in three sizes. The candles were sold in green, red and white with gold glitter and leaf designs. The recall includes all styles of this candle, including style numbers 9444811, 9444928, 9444936, 9444944, 9444944, 9445214, 9445222, 9445222, and 9445313. The style number for the candles can be found on the price ticket under the candle.

Sold at: Pottery Barn stores nationwide from September 2007 through December 2007 for between $10 and $20.

Manufactured in: Hong Kong

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candles and return them to any Pottery Barn store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pottery Barn toll-free at (888) 922-9245 between 7 a.m. and 12 a.m. ET Monday through Sunday, or visit the company’s Web site at www.potterybarn.com


(3) THE WICK & PETAL CO. RECALLS CANDLES 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: Jar candles

Units: About 1,300

Manufacturer: The Wick & Petal Co. of Indianapolis, Ind.

Hazard: The candles can burn with a high flame, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Wick & Petal has received seven reports of the candles burning with high flame, some resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves all Wick & Petal jar candles. The candles have a cylindrical shape and a chrome lid. The lid has a white label with a picture of the fragrance, the fragrance name, and “Wick & Petal Co.” printed on it.

Sold at: Select candle retailers and craft fairs in Indiana from October 2007 through December 2007 for between $8 and $18.

Manufactured in: United States

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

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wick & Petal at (317) 441-8008 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s Web site at www.wickandpetal.com. The company will accept collect calls on their main line number.


(4) A.O. SMITH RECALLS EXHAUST FAN ELECTRIC MOTORS 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: Whole-house Exhaust Fan Electric Motors

Units: About 6,300

Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Electrical Products Co., of Tipp City, Ohio

Hazard: The fan’s electric motor can be miswired and overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled electric motor is part of a residential whole-house exhaust fan that is typically mounted on the floor of an attic. The shutters of the fan are visible on the ceiling of the floor beneath the attic and must be opened and closed by the consumer. The motors were included with exhaust fans manufactured and distributed by Air Vent Inc. and Triangle Engineering of Arkansas Inc. “A.O. Smith,” the model number, and the service date code are printed on the rating plate of the motor. The recall includes model numbers S56A30A54 and S56A30A97, and service date codes 032076M – 334076M, 03207JY – 33407JY, and YB07 – YL07. Units that have a sticker indicating that the unit has been rewired are not subject to this recall.

Sold at: The recalled motors, included with the exhaust fans, were sold at home improvement stores nationwide or by professional installers or builders from February 2007 through November 2007 for about $3,000.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled unit immediately and contact A.O. Smith to arrange for a free inspection and repair of the motor.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact A.O. Smith toll-free at (866) 567-3878 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.aosmithmotors.com


(5) TORCHIERE LAMPS RECALLED BY L G SOURCING DUE TO FIRE HAZARD; LAMPS SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT LOWE’S STORES

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: Portfolio Incandescent Torchiere Lamps

Units: About 90,000

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

Manufacturer: Field Smart Lighting Co. Ltd., of China

Hazard: A short circuit in the lamps’ wiring can pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: L G Sourcing has received two reports of lamp fires. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled lamp has a black steel frame and a bowl-shaped light fixture. The item number 179878 is printed on the packaging and the bottom of the base of the lamp. Only lamps sold between March 2005 and October 2007 with UL listing number E246506 are included in the recall. Lamps marked “ETL listed” are not included in the recall.

Sold at: Lowe’s retail stores nationwide from March 2005 through October 2007 for about $17.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and return them to any Lowe’s retail outlet to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact L G Sourcing toll-free at (866) 916-7233 anytime or visit www.lowes.com


(6) NORTH AMERICAN BREAKER CO. RECALLS COUNTERFEIT CIRCUIT BREAKERS 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: Counterfeit Circuit Breakers labeled as “Square D”

Units: About 50,000

Distributor/Retailer: North American Breaker Co. Inc. (NABCO), of Burbank, Calif.

Hazard: The recalled circuit breakers labeled “Square D” have been determined by Square D to be counterfeit and can fail to trip when they are overloaded, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The counterfeit circuit breakers are black and are labeled as Square D QO-series models 110, 115, 120, 130, 210, 215, 220, 225, 230, 235, 240, 250, 260, 280, 1515, 1520, 2020, 2125, 315, 340, 350, 360, and 3100. Actual Square D circuit breakers have (a) the amp rating written on the handle in white paint on the front of the breaker; (b) the Square D insignia molded onto the breaker side, and; (c) a yellow chromate mounting clip with half of the top of the clip visible. If your breaker, labeled as Square D, does not match this description, it could be counterfeit.

Sold by: NABCO, electrical distributors, and retailers nationwide from March 2003 through April 2006 for between $3 and $85.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact NABCO to determine if the breaker they have is counterfeit and to arrange for a free inspection and replacement or refund if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact NABCO at (866) 505-5851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, email the firm at recall@nabreaker.com, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.nabcorecall.com - this is not a Square D Company recall.


(7) LENOX RECALLS COVERED WARMER DISHES 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: Covered Warmer Dishes with Rack

Units: About 43,000

Importer/Distributor: Lenox Group Inc., of Bristol, Pa.

Hazard: Flames from the tea candle can extend up the sides of the dish. In addition, a label on the bottom of the dish causes excessive smoke when exposed to the flame. This poses fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received eight reports of flames extending up the sides of the dish and smoking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves covered ceramic warmer dishes with a rack and tea light candle. A label with “Lenox” and the SKU number is on the bottom of the warming dish. The following warmer dishes are included in this recall.

Pattern NameSKU Number
Holiday782673
Winter Greetings782697
Holiday Gatherings782670
Orchard & Bloom783368
Butler’s Pantry783357
Butterfly Meadow783362

Sold at: Lenox and department stores nationwide from October 2007 through December 2007 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China (rack and tea light), Indonesia (ceramic dish)

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled warming dish with rack and tea light and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Lenox at (800) 635-3669 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.lenox.com/recall


(8) CHRISTMAS CANDLE SETS RECALLED BY SPECIALTY MERCHANDISE CORP. 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: Christmas Candle Sets

Units: About 13,000

Distributor: Specialty Merchandise Corporation (SMC), of Simi Valley, Calif.

Hazard: The snowman candle could tip over and the exterior coating on both candles can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the 2-pieced Snowman and Christmas tree candle set. The snowman candle measures 6 and ¼ inches high and the Christmas tree candle measures 7 inches high.

Sold through: SMC’s catalog from October 2003 through September 2007 for between $4 and $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the candles immediately and contact SMC to return the candle for a refund of the original purchase price.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact SMC at (888) 839-8757 or visit the company’s Web site at www.smcorp.com/recall


(9) DEWALT RECALLS CORDLESS DRILLS 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: DEWALT Cordless Drills

Units: About 346,000

Manufacturer: DEWALT Industrial Tool Company, of Towson, Md.

Hazard: The trigger switch of the cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: DEWALT has received 11 reports of trigger switches overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves DEWALT individual cordless drills listed below:

Model NumberDescriptionDate Codes
DC920Heavy-Duty XRP™ 1/2” (13mm) 18 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver200723 through 200742
DC930Heavy-Duty XRP™ 1/2" (13mm) 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver200625 through 200746
DC935Heavy-Duty XRP™ 1/2" (13mm) 14.4 Volt Cordless Hammerdrill/Drill/Driver200627 through 200746
DC936Heavy-Duty XRP™ 1/2" (13mm) 14.4 Volt Cordless Hammerdrill/Drill/Driver200635 through 200746
DC940Heavy-Duty XRP™ 1/2" (13mm) 12 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver200635 through 200746

The model number is printed on a sticker on the side of the unit. The date code is embossed on the bottom of the unit. Units stamped with an “M” following the date code have been repaired and are not included in this recall. The packaging of repaired drills has a green dot sticker near the UPC label.

Sold at: Wholesale distributors and retailers from about June 2006 through December 2007 for between $180 and $280.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the drills immediately and contact DEWALT for the location of the nearest service center to receive a free inspection and, if necessary, free repair.

Consumer Contact: Call DEWALT toll-free at (888) 742-9168 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit firm’s Web site at www.DEWALT.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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