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"Recall Alerts"

02-03-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Fire Hazard with Oscillating Heater Sold in Wal-Mart Prompts Recall
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Suzuki Motorcycles
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of International Trucks
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Nissan Vehicles
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of DaimlerChrysler Vehicles
  6. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of AAC Fuel Pumps
  7. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Carter Fuel Pumps


(1) FIRE HAZARD WITH OSCILLATING HEATER SOLD IN WAL-MART PROMPTS RECALL

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: Maxi-Heat™ Dream Tower Heater

Units: About 75,000

Distributor: King of Fans Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Hazard: The wires inside the oscillating heater can short circuit and spark, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: King of Fans has received 31 reports of heaters smoking or sparking, and one report of a house fire. There have been no reports of injuries.

Description: The recalled model is CH920. The ceramic portable electric heaters are the oscillating tower type. They are grey and have a control panel attached to the top of the unit. “Maxi-Heat™” is printed on the control panel. The model number is printed on the ETL label on the bottom of the back side of the unit.

Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from August 2005 through December 2005 for about $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these heaters and unplug them. Return the recalled heaters to a Wal-Mart store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact King of Fans toll-free at (866) 443-1291 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s Web site at www.kingoffans.com


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF SUZUKI MOTORCYCLES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
SUZUKI / SV1000 2003
SUZUKI / SV1000S 2003-2006
SUZUKI / SV650 2003-2006
SUZUKI / SV650S 2003-2006
Manufacturer : AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORP.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V013000

Mfg's Report Date : JAN 11, 2006

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 4841

Summary: ON CERTAIN CALIFORNIA-SPECIFICATION MODEL MOTORCYCLES, REPEATED STRESS FROM VIBRATION CAN CAUSE A CRACK TO FORM IN THE AREA WHERE THE LIQUID/VAPOR SEPARATOR BRACKET IS WELDED INSIDE THE FUEL TANK. THIS CAN ALLOW FUEL LEAKAGE TO OCCUR.

Consequence: FUEL LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE CAN RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL TANK FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY 2006. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT AMERICAN SUZUKI AT 714-572-1490.

Notes: SUZUKI RECALL NO. 2086. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
INTERNATIONAL / 5000 2004-2005
INTERNATIONAL / 9000 2004-2005
Manufacturer : INTERNATIONAL TRUCK & ENGINE CORPORATION

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V004000

Mfg's Report Date : JAN 09, 2006

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1371

Summary: ON CERTAIN TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH CATERPILLAR DIESEL ENGINES, THE VARIABLE VALVE ACTUATION (VVA) OIL LINE MAY WEAR AGAINST THE SHARP EDGE OF THE CYLINDER HEAD IF NOT POSITIONED CORRECTLY.

Consequence: THE OIL LINE MAY BE CUT ON THE CYLINDER HEAD CAUSING AN OIL LEAK AND A POSSIBLE FIRE.

Remedy: CATERPILLAR, IN CONJUNCTION WITH INTERNATIONAL, WILL BE CONDUCTING THE OWNER NOTIFICATION AND REMEDY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS MAY CALL CATERPILLAR AT 309-675-6496, OR INTERNATIONAL AT 1-800-448-7825.

Notes: INTERNATIONAL RECALL NO. 06501. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV


(4) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF NISSAN VEHICLES

Make / Models : NISSAN / MURANO

Model/Build Years: 2003-2006

Manufacturer : NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V003000

Mfg's Report Date : JAN 09, 2006

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 205000

Summary: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, DUE TO THE LOCATION OF THE FORWARD EDGE OF THE FUEL TANK, IN THE EVENT THAT A VEHICLE FRONT TIRE RUNS OVER A SMALL, SHARP OBJECT IN THE ROAD, CATCHES IT AND PROPELS IT TOWARDS THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE, IT MAY STRIKE AND PUNCTURE THE FUEL TANK.

Consequence: A PUNCTURED TANK COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSTALL PROTECTORS IN FRONT OF THE TANK FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MARCH 21, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

Notes: CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(5) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF DAIMLERCHRYSLER VEHICLES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
CHRYSLER / CIRRUS 1999-2000
DODGE / STRATUS 1999-2000
PLYMOUTH / BREEZE 1999-2000
Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V001000

Mfg's Report Date : JAN 04, 2006

Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 216299

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.4 LITER ENGINES, THE HIGH PRESSURE POWER STEERING HOSE MAY PREMATURELY HEAT AGE AND DEVELOP A LEAK.

Consequence: POWER STEERING FLUID LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE MAY RESULT IN AN UNDERHOOD FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HIGH PRESSURE POWER STEERING HOSE FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes: DAIMLERCHRYSLER RECALL NO. E23. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(6) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF AAC FUEL PUMPS

Make / Models : AAC / MECHANICAL FUEL PUMP

Model/Build Years: 9999

Manufacturer : AUTOMOTIVE ACCESSORY CO. LTD.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06E002000

Mfg's Report Date : JAN 03, 2006

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1579

Summary: CERTAIN AUTOMOTIVE ACCESSORY CO. (AAC) MECHANICAL FUEL PUMPS, P/NOS. N577, N588, AIRTEX BRAND P/N 9501, AND FUEL CASTINGS, P/N AAC712, SOLD FOR USE AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT ON VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE FUEL PUMPS AND FUEL CASTINGS WERE SHIPPED BETWEEN MAY 9 AND DECEMBER 22, 2005. THESE FUEL PUMPS CONTAIN A DEFECTIVE VALVE HOUSING THAT COULD ALLOW FUEL TO LEAK.

Consequence: FUEL LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: AAC WILL NOTIFY CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE FUEL PUMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 22, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AAC AT 204-942-2514.

Notes: CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(7) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF CARTER FUEL PUMPS

Make / Models : CARTER / FUEL PUMP

Model/Build Years: 9999

Manufacturer : FEDERAL-MOGUL CORPORATION

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06E001000

Mfg's Report Date : DEC 28, 2006

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 775

Summary: CERTAIN FEDERAL-MOGUL MECHANICAL FUEL PUMPS, P/N M847, SOLD UNDER THE BRAND NAMES OF NAPA AND CARTER FOR USE AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT ON VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE FUEL PUMPS WERE SHIPPED BETWEEN MAY 1 AND DECEMBER 20, 2005. THESE FUEL PUMPS CONTAIN A DEFECTIVE VALVE HOUSING THAT COULD ALLOW FUEL TO LEAK.

Consequence: FUEL LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: FEDERAL-MOGUL WILL NOTIFY CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE FUEL PUMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 13, 2006.

Notes: CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.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.

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