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"Recall Alerts"

02-20-2009

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. CPSC, Manufacturers Announce Changes to 1998 Recall Program to Replace Dangerous Home Heating Vent Pipes
  2. Bosch® and Siemens® Model Dishwashers Recalled by BSH Home Appliances Corporation Due to Fire Hazard
  3. Rheem Recalls to Repair Oil-Fired Furnaces Due to Fire Hazard
  4. Catalina Lighting Recalls Halogen Clamp Lamps Due to Fire and Burn Hazard; Sold Exclusively At Staples Stores


(1) CPSC, MANUFACTURERS ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO 1998 RECALL PROGRAM TO REPLACE DANGEROUS HOME HEATING VENT PIPES

Remedy Changes for Registrations after May 1, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and various home heating furnace, boiler, and high-temperature plastic vent (HTPV) manufacturers are urging home owners who have not yet responded to the previously-announced 1998 recall, to do so immediately. After May 1, 2009, the remedy consumers receive under the existing program, which has been operating continuously for almost 11 years, will change.

The recall, first announced in February 1998, included about 250,000 Plexvent and Ultravent HTPV pipe systems attached to gas or propane furnaces and boilers in homes. The HTPV pipes can crack or separate at the joints and leak deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. The following table includes the different remedies available to consumers with qualifying heating systems vented with two leading brands of HTPV pipe - Plexvent and Ultravent.

 Plexvent ownersUltravent owners
Valid claims initiated on or before May 1, 2009, with remediation completed and required documentation submitted by October 1, 2009Will receive a new, professionally-installed venting system free of charge or a rebate up to $400 towards purchase of a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPVWill receive a new, professionally-installed venting system for about $250 or a rebate of $250 towards purchase of a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV
Valid claims initiated after May 1, 2009A rebate up to $400 toward either an HTPV replacement system, or a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPVA rebate up to $250 toward either an HTPV replacement system, or a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV

Consumers who register after May 1, 2009 and who choose to repair their systems will be responsible for up-front payment of parts, labor and permits, and will be responsible for arranging to have the work performed.

Consumers should determine whether they have a recalled HTPV pipe system by checking the vent pipes attached to their natural gas or propane furnace or boiler. Vent pipes subject to this recall can be identified as follows:

  • the vent pipes are plastic;
  • the vent pipes are colored gray or black;
  • "Plexvent," "Plexvent II" or "Ultravent" is stamped on the vent pipe or printed on stickers placed on pieces used to connect the vent pipes; and
  • the vent pipes are located on furnaces (and the pipes go through the sidewalls of structures) or on boilers.

Other plastic vent pipes, such as white PVC, are not included in the recall.

After checking the vent pipes, consumers should call (800) 758-3688 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to sign up for HTPV pipe system replacement. The following manufacturers are participating in this program:

Armstrong Air Conditioning Inc.
Bard Manufacturing Co.
Burnham Corp.
Center Point Energy/Houston Industries (Arkla)
Dunkirk Radiator Corp.
Evcon Industries Inc.
Heat Controller Inc.
International Comfort Prod. Corp. (USA)
Lennox Industries Inc.
Nordyne Inc.
Peerless Heater Co.
Pennco Inc.
Plexco Inc.
Raypak Inc.
Rheem Manufacturing Co.
Slant/Fin Corp.
The Trane Co.
Trianco-Heatmaker Inc.
Utica Boilers Inc.
Vaillant Corp.
Weil-McLain
Westcast Inc.
York International Corp.

CPSC reminds all consumers to have fuel-burning appliances professionally inspected each year to check for cracks or separations in the vents that could allow CO to leak into the home. In addition, CPSC recommends that every home should have at least one CO alarm.

Vent Pipes 
on Home Heating Systems

Vent Pipes 
on Home Heating Systems


(2) BOSCH® AND SIEMENS® MODEL DISHWASHERS RECALLED BY BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION 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.

Name of Product: Bosch® and Siemens® Model Dishwashers

Units: About 476,500

Manufacturer: BSH Home Appliances Corp., of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Hazard: An electrical component in certain model dishwashers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: BSH Home Appliances has received 51 reports of incidents, including 30 reports of fires resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves certain Bosch® and Siemens® dishwashers manufactured from May 1999 through July 2005. The brand name is printed on the dishwasher’s front control panel. Model and serials numbers are located inside the dishwasher door panel on the upper right side.

BrandModel Numbers Must Begin WithSerial Numbers within the range of
BoschSHE43C, SHE44C
SHE46C, SHE56C
SHU33
SHU42
SHU432
SHU43C, SHU53A
FD8503 - FD8507
FD8501 - FD8505
FD7905 - FD8505
FD8407 - FD8505
FD8004 - FD8211
FD8205 - FD8507
SiemensSL34AFD8308 - FD8505

Sold at: Appliance and specialty retailers nationwide from May 1999 through December 2006 for between $550 and $1,100.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the listed model dishwashers and contact the repair hotline for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the BSH Home Appliances at (800) 856-9226 anytime or visit the brand’s Web site at www.boschappliances.com or www.siemens-home.com



Picture of Recalled Bosch Dishwasher
Bosch

Picture of Recalled Siemens Dishwasher
Siemens

Picture of Model and Serial Number Locations


(3) RHEEM RECALLS TO REPAIR OIL-FIRED FURNACES 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.

Name of Product: Rheem, Ruud and United Refrigeration Oil-Fired Furnaces

Units: About 14,000

Manufacturer: Air Conditioning Division of Rheem Manufacturing Co., of Fort Smith, Ark.

Hazard: If the furnace is not properly wired, the oil burner can continue to operate when the blower shuts off, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Rheem has received one report in which the furnace was incorrectly wired. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves oil-fired furnaces sold under the Rheem, Ruud and United Refrigeration brands. Only the models beginning with the model numbers listed in the chart below and with date codes ending in 0106 through 5206, 0107 through 5207, or 0108 through 4808 are included in this recall. The model number and date code (designated by the four digits following an "M" in the middle of the serial number) are printed on the unit’s rating plate, which is on the left wall of the furnace’s interior just above the burner. The rating plate can be found by opening the unit’s burner access door, which has slotted openings.

Model #Brand & Description
ROBFRheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Upflow Oil Furnace
ROPFRheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Downflow/Horizontal Oil Furnace
TZOUPUnited Refrigeration "Thermal Zone" Upflow Oil Furnace
TZODHUnited Refrigeration "Thermal Zone" Downflow/ Horizontal Oil Furnace

Sold by: Contractors nationwide to consumers from January 2006 through December 2008 as part of installed systems for between $1,500 and $10,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact the contractor who installed the oil furnace to arrange for a free inspection and repair, if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rheem at (800) 577-3960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.rheemac.com

Picture of Recalled Downflow/Horizontal and Upflow Furnaces

Location of Unit Rating Plate
Location of Unit Rating Plate

Rating Plate with Model and Date Code
Rating Plate with Model and Date Code


(4) CATALINA LIGHTING RECALLS HALOGEN CLAMP LAMPS DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARD; SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT STAPLES STORES

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: Halogen Clamp Lamps

Units: About 2,000

Manufacturer: Catalina Lighting Inc., of Miami, Fla.

Hazard: The UV glass lens on the lamp can crack, exposing the halogen bulb, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Catalina Lighting has received 65 reports of broken lenses. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The halogen clamp lamps, also known as architect’s lamp, have 150 watt halogen bulb, an articulating arm, and a clamp desk lamp that adjusts up, down and swivels. Only lamps with model number 13456-US and lot numbers C06081581V185, C06081582V185 and C06081584V185 are included in the recall.

Sold at: Staples retail stores nationwide from July 2008 through October 2008 for about $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumer should immediately stop using the recalled lamp and contact Catalina Lighting to receive a free replacement lens.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Catalina Lighting toll-free at (866) 949-8567 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.catalinalighting.com

Picture of Recalled Halogen Clamp Lamp

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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