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"Recall Alerts"

02-20-2001

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Pebco, Inc. Announces Recall of Hairdryers
  2. Nissan Recalls 268,000 Quest Minivans
  3. Subaru Recalls Certain Year 2001 Legacy Models
  4. Ford Recalls 1993 - 1997 Mercury Villager


(1) PEBCO, INC. ANNOUNCES RECALL OF HAIRDRYERS

The CPSC and Pebco, Inc. of Congers, New York is recalling about 22,500 hairdryers. These hairdryers have undersized wiring, are not equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters to cut off electrical current in case of contact with water, and have loose electrical connections.

The recalled hairdryers sold under the Pebco and Dubl Duck brand names are identified as the Black Jet 1200, Black Jet 1700, and Pebco 1500 models. The 1200 and 1700 models are black, with gold lettering on the hairdryer, and the 1500 model is white, with purple lettering.

For more information, call Pebco, Inc. toll-free at (888) 391-0900 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-084, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01084.html


(2) NISSAN RECALLS 268,000 QUEST MINIVANS

The fuel tank vent hose allows air to vent from the fuel tank during refueling. Cracks have developed in the vent house. If (1) the fuel tank is overfilled, not allowing excess fuel in the vent hose to flow back into the tank; (2) the vehicle is driven only a short distance after refueling; and (3) there is subsequently significant heating of the fuel tank, the fuel in the tank can expand into the vent hose and leak fuel.

Fuel leakage can result in a fire. 268,229 vehicles are affected by this recall.

For more information, contact Nissan at (800) 647-7261. The NHTSA Recall No. is 00V419001. The notice issued by the NHTSA can be viewed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov


(3) SUBARU RECALLS CERTAIN YEAR 2001 LEGACY MODELS

The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting certain 2001 Subaru Legacy automobiles. On certain passenger vehicles, possible fuel leakage of under-hood fuel hoses at low ambient temperatures (- 40 degrees F) could result after the fuel hoses age and become less flexible. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. This recall affects 1,456 automobiles.

Hoses and fuel hoses with Lot Numbers 0804 and 0806 numbers will be replaced.

The NHTSA Recall Nos. are 00V391 and 00V393. The notice issued by the NHTSA can be viewed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov


(4) FORD RECALLS 1993 - 1997 MERCURY VILLAGER

The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 1993 through 1997 Mercury Villager. On certain minivans, the fuel tank vent hose allows air to vent from the fuel tank during refueling. Cracks have developed in the vent hose. If (1) the fuel tank is overfilled, not allowing excess fuel in the vent hose to flow back into the tank; (2) the vehicle is driven only a short distance after refueling and; (3) there is subsequently significant heating of the fuel tank, the fuel in the tank can expand into the vent hose and leak fuel. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire. 394,000 automobiles are affected by this recall.

The NHTSA Recall No. is 00V419002, Manufacturer No. is 00S59. The notice issued by the NHTSA 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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