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"Recall Alerts"

01-26-2004

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Browning Announce Recall of Flashlight Batteries
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kyocera Wireless Corp. Announce Recall of Batteries in Smartphone Cell Phones
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and SCG Miyairi Announce Recall of Liquid Propane Overfill Protection Devices


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND BROWNING ANNOUNCE RECALL OF FLASHLIGHT BATTERIES

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Browning of Morgan, Utah announce recall of Browning CR123A lithium batteries sold with Browning Black Ice flashlights.

Hazard: The batteries can short out, causing the flashlight's canister to rupture and pose injury to the consumer.

Description: The recalled 3-volt lithium batteries were packaged in pairs with Browning Black Ice 6-volt Xenon 6 LED flashlights. The batteries were also sold separately in packs of two. No other Black Ice model flashlights are involved in this recall.

Remedy: Consumer should remove the batteries from the flashlights and contact Browning for information on receiving a refund or replacement.

Consumer Contact: Contact Browning at (800) 637-0230 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.Browning.com/recall.

The CPSC release number is 04-067. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04067.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND KYOCERA WIRELESS CORP. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF BATTERIES IN SMARTPHONE CELL PHONES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kyocera Wireless Corp. announce the recall of batteries in Kyocera Cell Phones (Model 7135 Smartphones).

Manufacturer: Coslight International Group, of Hong Kong, manufactured the batteries for Kyocera Wireless Corp., of San Diego, California.

Hazard: The recalled batteries can short-circuit and erupt with force or emit excessive heat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Kyocera Wireless Corp. has received four reports of battery failures, including one minor burn injury.

Description: The recalled batteries are included in Kyocera model 7135 Smartphone cell phones. The black and silver flip-up phones say “Kyocera” at the top of the screen. The recalled batteries have the red and white Kyocera name printed on the front and a product code ending with -05 printed on the underside.

Sold at: Verizon Wireless, US Cellular and ALLTEL Corporation stores, in addition to Web site and telemarketing retailers nationwide, sold the cell phones with the -05 battery from September 2003 through December 2003 for about $500. The batteries also were sold separately during this time for about $21.

Remedy: Consumers with the recalled units should immediately stop using the battery in the cell phone. Kyocera Wireless will contact consumers to arrange for delivery of a free replacement battery. If consumers are not contacted by Kyocera by Feb. 6, 2004, they are asked to contact the firm to receive the free replacement battery. The batteries should be stored in an environment with non-flammable materials.

Consumer Contact: Call Kyocera Wireless Corp. at (800) 349-4478 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC release number is 04-068. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04068.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND SCG MIYAIRI ANNOUNCE RECALL OF LIQUID PROPANE OVERFILL PROTECTION DEVICES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and SCG Miyairi (Thailand) Company, LTD, of Thailand announce the recall of SCG Liquid Propane Overfill Protection Devices (OPD valves).

Hazard: When the cylinder on the gas grill is filled to capacity and exposed to increased temperatures, liquid propane instead of gas vapor can leak out and cause the gas regulator valve to freeze. When the regulator valve thaws, if it has not been turned off, gas will flow to the grill. The resulting build-up of gas in the grill can pose a serious fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: SCG has received five reports involving leaks from the OPD valve, though no injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled SCG Overfill Prevention Devices (OPD) have "V5QA OPD" engraved on the body and handle and either "DT 3.8" or "DT 3.8A" printed on one side of the wrench pad and "07-02," "08-02," or "10-98" printed on the other side. The valves are installed on 20-pound liquid propane gas cylinders manufactured by the Sahamitr Pressure Container Public Co. Ltd. in Thailand. The cylinders are marked "SMPC DOT-4BA240" and have a serial number in the range of 375201 to 396800. There is no hazard with the cylinders.

Sold at: Department and hardware stores nationwide sold the gas cylinders with the recalled OPD valves from August 2002 through August 2003 for about $30. Some cylinders also were sold with certain Sunbeam gas grills.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the gas cylinders immediately and contact the company. SCG will identify, for callers who have one of the recalled units, a local LP gas exchange center which will replace the cylinder with one that has a new OPD valve. Do not take the LP gas cylinder to an LP gas refiller. Consumers should not attempt to remove the OPD or gas valve themselves.

Consumer Contact: Call SCG Miyairi at (800) 636-9346 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at www.scgmiyairi.com.

Firm's Media Contact: Xavier Williams at (305) 255-1005

The CPSC release number is 04-070. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04070.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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