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"Recall Alerts"

01-27-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Holiday Lights Recalled by Target Due to Shock and Fire Hazards
  2. CPSC, Porter-Cable Announce Recall to Repair Routers


(1) HOLIDAY LIGHTS RECALLED BY TARGET DUE TO SHOCK AND FIRE 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: Mini Light and Chasing Light Sets

Units: About 861,000 sets

Importer: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: These lights have undersized and exposed wires, which pose a risk of electric shock and fire hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall includes 50-count multi-color mini light sets, 100-count blue mini light sets, and 140-count chasing light sets. “Mini Light Set” or “Chasing Light Set” is written on the packaging. The 100-count light sets have UL number E254698 or E182192, or there is no UL number written on the tag attached to the light string. The 50-count light sets have UL number E254698 or E182192, or no UL number. The chasing light sets have UL number E254698 or there is no UL number written on the tag.

Sold at: Target Stores nationwide from September 2005 through December 2005 for $1.50 for the 50-count set; $2 for the 100-count set; and $10 for the 140-count chasing light set.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the lights and return them to the nearest Target store for a Target Gift Card in the amount of a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or log on to the firm’s Web site at www.Target.com


(2) CPSC, PORTER-CABLE ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPAIR ROUTERS

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: Porter-Cable 890 Series Routers

Units: About 70,000

Manufacturer: Porter-Cable, of Jackson, Tenn.

Hazard: The motor coil insulation can be worn away by vibration from the motor, which could pose a shock hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled Porter-Cable routers are tools used in conjunction with various bits to cut and shape wood. The model and serial numbers are printed on the nameplate on the top of the router. Routers marked with a “T” above “PORTER+CABLE” on the nameplate are not included in this recall.

Model Number Porter-Cable Product Name Serial Number
891 2 ¼ Peak HP Gripvac™ Router 10001 through 24647
892 2 ¼ Peak HP Router Kit 10001 through 68442
893PK 2 ¼ Peak HP Multibase Router Kit 10001 through 68442
894PK 2 ¼ Peak HP Multibase Router Kit with Gripvac™ Attachment 10001 through 24647
895PK 2 ¼ Peak MP Multibase Router Kit with Router Table Height Adjuster 10001 through 68442
8902 2 ¼ Peak HP Variable-Speed Motor 10001 through 68442

Sold at: Major home improvement stores and hardware stores nationwide from September 2003 through December 2005 for between $180 and $269.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled routers immediately and contact Porter-Cable for a free inspection, and repair if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Porter-Cable toll-free at (800) 949-6348 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.porter-cable.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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