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"Recall Alerts"

03-24-2005

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. CPSC, Whirlpool Announce Recall of KitchenAid® Toasters


(1) CPSC, WHIRLPOOL ANNOUNCE RECALL OF KITCHENAID® TOASTERS

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: KitchenAid® ProLine® Toasters

Units: About 40,000

Importer: Whirlpool Corp., of Benton Harbor, Mich.

Hazard: An interruption of power to the toaster can cause the heating elements to unexpectedly self-start and could ignite any flammable items left on top of the unit, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Whirlpool has received three reports of incidents involving heating elements unexpectedly self-starting, including one case outside the U.S. in which items on top of a toaster caught on fire. There are no reports of personal injury or property damage.

Description: The recalled KitchenAid® ProLine® countertop toasters are painted die-cast metal or stainless steel and come in 2-slice or 4-slice models. The model and serial numbers, which are on labels affixed to the bottom of the toasters, include:

2 – Slice Models 4 – Slice Models
KPTT780PM KPTT780ER KPTT890PM KPTT890ER
KPTT780BU KPTT780TG KPTT890BU KPTT890TG
Serial Numbers of the recalled products begin with the letters “WTP…” or “WTR…”

Sold through: Various catalogs and specialty retailers nationwide from August 2003 through January 2005 for between $250 and $300.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the toaster and contact KitchenAid® to arrange for a free replacement. Consumers should not return the toaster to the retailer where it was purchased, as retailers are not prepared to take them back.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should call KitchenAid® at (800) 874-0608 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, or go to the firm’s Web site at www.KitchenAid.com/repair.


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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