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"Recall Alerts"

02-16-2004

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Buick / Skylark 1998; Chevrolet / Cavalier 1998-2001; Oldsmobile / Achieva 1998; Pontiac / Grand Am 1998; Pontiac / Sunfire 1
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Lamson & Sessions, Inc. Announce Recall of Drop-In Floor Box
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Car Seat Warmers


(1) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF BUICK / SKYLARK 1998; CHEVROLET / CAVALIER 1998-2001; OLDSMOBILE / ACHIEVA 1998; PONTIAC / GRAND AM 1998; PONTIAC / SUNFIRE 1

Make / Models / Model/Build Years: Buick / Skylark 1998; Chevrolet / Cavalier 1998-2001; Oldsmobile / Achieva 1998; Pontiac / Grand Am 1998; Pontiac / Sunfire 1998-2001.

Recall Date: January 27, 2004

Component: Electrical System Ignition Switch.

Summary: On certain passenger vehicles. If the engine fails to start and the driver holds the key in the "start" position for an extended period, high current flows through the ignition switch, and sometimes produces enough heat to melt internal switch parts.

Consequence: If the switch is damaged, a fire could occur in the steering column, even with the engine off and the key removed. The fire could spread to the interior of the car, which could injure occupants or cause damage to adjoining structures.

Remedy: Dealers will install a relay kit in these vehicles to prevent high current from flowing through the ignition switch, and check that your car will start with a properly charged battery and, if necessary, replace the ignition switch. Owner notification will begin on March 1, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438, Pontiac at (800) 620-7668, Buick at (866) 608-8080, or Oldsmobile at (800) 630-6537. Customers can also check their vehicle online by going to www.mygmlink.com and entering the vehicle’s identification number.

Notes: GM Recall No. 04002. Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at (888) dash-2-dot (888-327-4236).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 04V036000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND LAMSON & SESSIONS, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF DROP-IN FLOOR BOX

Name of product: Drop-In Floor Box.

Manufacturer: Lamson & Sessions Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio.

Hazard: The recalled floor boxes contain undersized wires and are wired with the polarity reversed. These problems present a risk of shock or electrocution and a possible fire hazard.

Description: These Drop-In Floor Boxes are used to provide an extra electric outlet in the floor. The floor boxes are pre-wired electrical receptacles to be installed in the floor. They were sold under the Carlon brand name as Model No. B112FBB. The product was sold as a kit that includes the floor box, wired receptacle, hole saw, and optional mounting plates.

Remedy: Consumers should contact Lamson & Sessions to arrange for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: Call Lamson & Sessions at (800) 505-5159 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday. Visit the firm’s Web site: www.lamson-home.com/recalls.htm

The CPSC release number is 04-083. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04083.html


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF CAR SEAT WARMERS

Model: Clever Gear Model – Car Seat Warmer 51926

Recall Date: February 9, 2004

Component: EQUIPMENT

Summary: Clever Gear Car Seat Warmers, product number 51926. These warmers can melt and if left undetected, they can smoke and burn, possibly resulting in personal injury.

Consequence: When this product melts, it can burn.

Remedy: Johnson Smith Company will notify its customers and repurchase the product. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact customer service at (800) 853-9490.

Notes: Also, customers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline at (888) dash-2-dot (888-327-4236).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 04E008000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/

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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