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"Recall Alerts"

01-29-2001

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. CO2UCH Recalls Rope Lights
  2. Environmental Lighting Concepts Recall Lamps
  3. Baldwin and Hastings Fuel Filters Recalled
  4. 1998 - 2000 Ford Contour Automobiles Recalled
  5. 2000 - 2001 Triumph Sprint RS, Sprint ST and Tiger Motorcycles Recalled


(1) CO2UCH RECALLS ROPE LIGHTS

The CPSC and CO2UCH of Glendale, California is voluntarily recalling about 27,300 rope lights with controller boxes. Rope lights are lights inside a plastic cord used for decorative lighting. The lights are nine (9) feet long with a white electrical cord. The controller box has the following identifying information imprinted on one side "CHENG TUNG, MODEL CT-028."

CO2UCH as received six reports of the controller sparking. One consumer received an electrical burn that blistered the skin.

Consumers should stop using these rope lights immediately, and call CO2UCH toll-free at (877) 652-4087 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday through Friday to receive information about obtaining full refund or credit. Consumers can also contact the company by accessing its web site at http://www.supercouch.com/recall.htm

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-0171b, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01071b.html


(2) ENVIRONMENTAL LIGHTING CONCEPTS RECALL LAMPS

The CPSC and Environmental Lighting Concepts of Tampa, Florida is recalling about 1,560 floor lamps. The floor lamps are sand colored, stand about four (4) feet tall and have flexible gooseneck arms to adjust the position of the fluorescent lights. Labels indicating "OTT-LITE TRUECOLOR FLOOR LAMP" on the stand and "OTT-LITE" on either side of the shade identify the recalled floor lamps. The plugs on the recalled lamps have white lettering on the black label and bear the model number DMBLH-18W or DMBLP-18W.

An electrical component inside the plug can overheat presenting a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Consumers should stop using the recalled floor lamps immediately, unplug them and contact Environmental Lighting Concepts for free replacements. Consumers can call the company toll-free at (800) 842-8848 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-0171b, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01071c.html


(3) BALDWIN AND HASTINGS FUEL FILTERS RECALLED

The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall of Baldwin and Hastings Fuel Filters. This recall affects filters that were manufactured between August 1999 and September 2000.

These filters were designed with a plastic lid attached to the filter element which can be displaced because of a build-up of pressure in the fuel system. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could lead to a fire. 58,261 filters are affected by this recall.

The notice issued by the National Highway Transportation Administration can be viewed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.


(4) 1998 - 2000 FORD CONTOUR AUTOMOBILES RECALLED

The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 1998-2000 Ford Contour. Certain bi-fuel Contour cars may have a fuel tank filler pipe grommet that was damaged during the installation of the bi-fuel system. If the grommet is damaged, fuel could leak. 3,750 automobiles are affected by this recall.

The notice issued by the National Highway Transportation Administration can be viewed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.


(5) 2000 - 2001 TRIUMPH SPRINT RS, SPRINT ST AND TIGER MOTORCYCLES RECALLED

The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 2000-2001 Triumph Sprint RS, Sprint ST and Tiger motorcycles. A fuel leak could occur from the fuel level sender located inside the fuel tank. If this condition occurs in the presence of an ignition source, it could result in a fire.

The notice issued by the National Highway Transportation Administration can be viewed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

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.

Please direct comments, suggestions, stories, and other items to the author by e-mail at palynch@cozen.com

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