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"Recall Alerts"

02-01-2012

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. The Container Store Recalls Brightly-Colored Power Strips Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Holiday Tea Light Candle Warmers Recalled by Christmas Tree Shops Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
  3. Hurricane Style Lights Recalled by Christmas Tree Shops Due to Fire Hazard


(1) THE CONTAINER STORE RECALLS BRIGHTLY-COLORED POWER STRIPS 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Lush Life® power strips

Units: About 7,200

Importer: The Container Store Inc., of Coppell, Texas

Hazard: The power strips have undersized wiring, and the wiring and plastic strip fail to meet the requirements for fire resistance, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves three designs of brightly-colored, six-outlet power strips with model number 8001-6 embossed on the back. Power strip designs include Pop Power Strip in Scroll (black with white scroll), Dot (blue with orange, white and lime green dots and a lime green cord), and Zebra (black and white zebra stripes). The power strips have three-foot power cords. “Lush Life® power strips by design” is printed on the product’s packaging.

Sold at: The Container Stores nationwide and on the firm's website www.containerstore.com from October 2011 through December 2011 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled power strips immediately and return them to any of The Container Store locations for a full refund plus a $15 merchandise card.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers should contact The Container Store toll-free at (888) 266-8246 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, and between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at www.containerstore.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12097.html



Picture of recalled Power Strips


(2) HOLIDAY TEA LIGHT CANDLE WARMERS RECALLED BY CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPS 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Holiday-themed tea light candle warmers

Units: About 5,700

Importer: Nantucket Distributing Co. Inc., of Middleboro, Mass.

Retailer: Christmas Tree Shops, of Union, N.J.

Hazard: The candle warmers can catch fire because the warming bowl is positioned too close to the tea light candle, posing fire and burn hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of the Snowmen candle warmer catching on fire causing a minor burn injury to a consumer’s hand.

Description: This recall involves holiday-themed tea light candle warmers in the shapes of snowmen and gingerbread houses. A warming bowl with wax fragrance tablets is suspended above the tea light candle. The Snowmen model has SKU/UPC 000016005396 and the Gingerbread house model has SKU/UPC 000016005372 printed on a label on the bottom of the product. The tea light candle warmers are about eight inches tall.

Sold exclusively at: Christmas Tree Shops in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest from November 2011 through December 2011 for about $8.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tea light candle warmers and return them to any Christmas Tree Shops store to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Christmas Tree Shops toll-free at (888) 287-3232 any time, or visit the firm's website www.christmastreeshops.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12098.html



Picture of recalled Gingerbread house tea light candle warmer
Gingerbread house tea light candle warmer



Picture of recalled Snowmen tea light candle warmer
Snowmen tea light candle warmer


(3) HURRICANE STYLE LIGHTS RECALLED BY CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPS 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Hurricane Style Lights

Units: About 4,500

Importer: Nantucket Distributing Co. Inc., of Middleboro, Mass.

Retailer: Christmas Tree Shops, of Union, N.J.

Hazard: An electrical short circuit can occur in the light’s internal wiring, causing smoke and posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of the product causing smoke and a burning smell. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled Hurricane Style Light is a circular lamp with a white metal basket and moveable handle for hanging or carrying at the top. It has a colored glass insert in blue, pink, or green and uses a mini light bulb. The model number “DML0593” and SKU/UPC number “000015806710” are printed on the price tag attached to the product.

Sold at: Christmas Tree Shops in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions from December 2010 through November 2011 for about $7.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and return it to any Christmas Tree Shops location for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Christmas Tree Shops toll-free at (888) 287-3232 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.christmastreeshops.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12099.html

Picture of recalled Hurricane Style Lights


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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