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"Recall Alerts"

02-21-2005

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Trane and American Standard Companies Announce Recall of Gas-Electric Heating/Cooling Units
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 1992 – 1999 Prevost/LX Automobiles


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND TRANE AND AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANIES ANNOUNCE RECALL OF GAS-ELECTRIC HEATING/COOLING UNITS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Trane and American Standard, divisions of American Standard Inc., of Tyler, Texas announce the recall of Trane and American Standard Gas-Electric heating/cooling units.

Hazard: A gas leak can occur if there is a crack in the gas valve body near the inlet pipe connection. A build-up of gas in the burner compartment of the unit could occur, which could be ignited by an internal spark.

Description: The recalled units include 2 through 5-ton Trane and American Standard heating and air conditioning packaged units. Affected units are combination gas heat and air conditioning systems installed outdoors only. Gas furnaces installed indoors are not included in this recall. The units have identification plates displaying the model number; serial number; and the year, month and day of manufacture. The plate is located on one end of the unit. The first four digits of all serial numbers indicate the year, fiscal week and day of manufacture. The recall includes:

All units with model numbers beginning with YCP or YCX, and having serial numbers beginning with 3383 through 4475;

All units with model number beginning with YCY or YCZ, and having serial numbers beginning with 4282 through 4475.

Remedy: Consumers with recalled units are being contacted by the independent dealers that installed them. Consumers who think they have recalled units and have not yet been contacted, should call their installer for more information. Using their model and serial numbers, consumers also can visit the firms’ Web sites to confirm if their unit is included in the recall. Consumers with recalled units should contact their installer to arrange for a free inspection.

Consumer Contact: Contact Trane/American Standard toll-free at (888) 556-0125 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday or visit www.trane.com or www.americanstandardair.com

Media Contact: Lisa Glover at (732) 980-6048.

The CPSC release number is 05-100. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml05/05104.html


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 1992 – 1999 PREVOST/LX AUTOMOBILES

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA and Prevost Cars, Inc. announce the recall of 1992 – 1999 Prevost/XL automobiles.

Summary: On certain transit buses manufactured with Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines, the turbocharger compressor wheel can break, resulting in shaft imbalance and lubricating oil passes into the exhaust system.

Consequence: This can result in an engine compartment fire, possibly resulting in personal injuries.

Remedy: Detroit Diesel is conducting the owner notification and remedy for this campaign. Dealers will install an exhaust temperature sensor and reprogram the EMC calibration. owners should contact Detroit Diesel at 313-592-3708 or Prevost at 418-831-5432.

Prevost Recall No. SR05-02. customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 05V048000. 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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