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"Recall Alerts"

02-17-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. DESA Heating Products Recalls Portable Propane Convection Heaters
  2. Lasko Recalls Box and Pivoting Floor Fans Posing Fire Hazard


(1) DESA HEATING PRODUCTS RECALLS PORTABLE PROPANE CONVECTION HEATERS

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: “40-80,000 BTU Portable Propane Convection Heaters”

Units: About 54,500

Importers: DESA Heating Products, of Bowling Green, Ky.

Hazard: The burners on these heaters can “flashback”, which is when fire burns inside the burner tube rather than out the end. This can cause the lower portion of the burner tube to get hot enough to ignite combustible material under the heater.

Incidents/Injuries: DESA has received 40 reports of incidents possibly caused by the flashback hazard, including six reports of fires. The other 34 reported incidents involved minor property damage, including scorching of the flooring under the heater. There have been no reports of injury.

Description: DESA 40-80,000 BTU Portable Propane Convection Heaters generate from 40,000 to 80,000 BTUs an hour. The following model names and number are involved in this recall: Reddy Heater (RCP80VC), All-Pro (SPC-80CC), MASTER (TC80VC), Universal (80-CC), and Dayton (6BY73). These heaters have serial numbers between 017390000 and 017632220. The model and serial numbers are on the carton and on labels attached to the heater. The designation “Made in China” is on the carton and model label attached to the heater.

Sold at: Home centers and hardware stores nationwide from August 2005 through December 2005 for between $100 and $130.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using this heater immediately and return it to the store where purchased for a free replacement, refund or store credit.

Consumer Contact: If consumers have any questions concerning this recall, they should contact their local retailer, or they can contact DESA toll-free at (866) 279-3225 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the DESA Web site at www.desatech.com


(2) LASKO RECALLS BOX AND PIVOTING FLOOR FANS POSING 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.

Name of Product: Lasko, General Electric, Galaxy, and Air King Brand Box and Pivoting Floor Fans

Units: About 5.6 million

Manufacturer: Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester, Pa.

Hazard: An electrical failure in the motor can pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Lasko has received 42 reports of fires possibly associated with motor failures, with seven reports of injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation. At least eight of the reported fires resulted in extensive property damage.

Description: This recall involves various models of Lasko, Galaxy, Air King and General Electric fans manufactured between January 1999 and July 2001, and sold through February 2004. Styles and model numbers of recalled fans, which are either stamped or on a label on the bottom of the fans, are listed below:

Brand Type of FanModel Numbers
Lasko Box Fan
Cyclone Fan
Wind Machine
Air Companion
Air Director
Wind Tunnel
Models 3700, 3723, 3733, 3750
Models 3510, 3550, 3800, 35105
Models 3300 and 3521
Model 3515
Model 2135
Models 3400 and 3410
General Electric Box Fan
Cyclone Fan
Model 106620
Models 106600, 106630
Galaxy Box FanModel 3733
Air King Cyclone Fan (20” deluxe pivot fan)
Air Companion (15” deluxe pivot fan)
Model 9500
Model 9515

Detailed information and pictures of affected models can be found at www.laskoproducts.com

Sold at: Discount department stores nationwide from September 2000 through February 2004 for between $10 and $25.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the fans immediately and contact Lasko to receive a free fan protection cord adaptor.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, visit Lasko’s Web site at www.laskoproducts.com or call the firm at (800) 984-3311 anytime.

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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