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"Recall Alerts"

03-10-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Espresso Machines Recalled for Fire Hazard
  2. Fire and Burn Hazards Prompt Nite Lite Recall


(1) ESPRESSO MACHINES RECALLED FOR 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: C1000 Capresso Automatic Coffee Center

Units: About 28,000

Manufacturer: Eugster/Frismag, of Switzerland

Importer: Capresso Inc., of Closter, N.J.

Hazard: The electrical connectors in the espresso machine can erode, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of fires started inside the coffee center. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Description: The Automatic Coffee Centers are espresso machines and have C1000 printed in large type on the front panel and model number 152 printed on the bottom of the machine. These machines grind, compact ground coffee, pressure brew, stop automatically, and discard used coffee grounds. They can also dispense hot water for tea and hot steam to froth and steam milk.

Sold at: Department stores and independent specialty stores nationwide from July 1999 through October 2005 for about $800.

Manufactured in: Switzerland

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled espresso machines immediately and contact Capresso to arrange for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Capresso toll-free at (888) 406-4440 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.capresso.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06106.html


(2) FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS PROMPT NITE LITE RECALL

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: "Forever-Glo Nite Lites"

Units: About 35,000

Manufacturer: American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc. (AmerTac), of Saddle River, N.J.

Hazard: An electrical short circuit in the nite lite can cause it to overheat and smolder or melt which can burn consumers or result in a fire.

Incidents/Injuries: AmerTac has received nine reports of incidents involving the recalled nite lites smoking, burning, melting and/or charring. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled "Forever-Glo Nite Lites" look like small picture frames that plug into the wall. Only model numbers 75001 or 75002 with a manufacture date of April 2004 or later are included in this recall. Model 75001 is white or bronze-colored and has molded scroll-work around the front of the nite lite. "Model 75001" is printed on the back of the nite lite. Model 75002 is silver-colored and has a punched tin frame. "Model C8A5" is printed on the back. Both nite lite models measure about 3 inches by 3 inches and are about 1/4 inch thick. "AmerTac" and a circle with the month and year of manufacture are indicated on the back of the nite lites.

Sold at: Hardware stores, lighting showrooms and home centers nationwide from May 2004 through December 2005 for about $3.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled nite lites immediately. If the units are plugged into the wall, turn off the power at the circuit box and remove the light from the wall socket and contact the firm for a full refund or two free replacement nite lites.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the firm at (800) 420-7511 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit AmerTac's Web site at www.amertac.com or www.recall-center.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06109.html


Model 75001

Model 75001

Model 75002

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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