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"Recall Alerts"

03-26-2001

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces Recall of Backpack Blowers
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Maytag Corporation Announce Recall of Maytag Magic Chef Gas Ranges
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Jade Products, Inc. Announce Recall of Dynasty Gas Ranges
  4. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Remington Products Co., LLC Announce Recall of Hairdryers
  5. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Hurricane Products Announce Recall of Propane Regulators
  6. Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Achieva and Pontiac Grand AM Automobiles Recalled


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ANNOUNCES RECALL OF BACKPACK BLOWERS

The CPSC and Backpack Blowers - STIHL Inc. of Virginia Beach, Virginia is voluntarily recalling about 890 backpack blowers. The recalled blowers have a model number of R 420C and a serial number in the following ranges: 47988257 through 47989256 and 49014561 through 49015560. The name "STIHL," and the model number, BR 420C, appear on the starter. The serial number is printed right above the starter. The backpack blowers were sold through STIHL dealers in California between November 2000 and January 2001 for about $400.

The fuel hose on the carburetor can be dislodged, and leak fuel, presenting fire and burn hazards.

For more information, call STIHL, Inc. toll-free at (800) 711-7959 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Kim Dulic, release number 01-109, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183. The notice issues by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01109a.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION AND MAYTAG CORPORATION ANNOUNCE RECALL OF MAYTAG MAGIC CHEF GAS RANGES

The CPSC and Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa, is recalling about 14,800 Maytag and Magic Chef gas ranges. The vent flue insulation can be out of position on these ranges. Using the broil or self-clean functions on these ranges can cause scorching or burning of the cabinetry around the range, posing a fire hazard.

The recall involves Maytag and Magic Chef gas ranges. They have model numbers CGS1230, CGS1740, CGS3760, MGS5770 or MGS5870. They also have serial numbers ending in WU, WW, WY, WZ, YB, YF and YH. The model and serial numbers are located on a plate just behind the front of the roll-out storage drawer. "Maytag" or "Magic Chef" is on the front of the range.

For more information, go to Maytag's web site at http://www.maytag.com/mths/homepage.jsp?referrer=null&cs=0&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 01-107, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01107.html.


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION AND JADE PRODUCTS, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF DYNASTY GAS RANGES

The CPSC and Jade Products, Inc. of Los Angeles, California is recalling about 3,300 Dynasty gas ranges. The igniters are too far from the burners, which can cause a delayed ignition of gas. The large amount of gas released can cause fire to escape from the oven, putting consumers at risk of burn injuries and house fires.

The recalled Dynasty gas ranges are model numbers DGRSC and DGR(c), with serial numbers from 050198-A through 280200-Z. The serial plate, which contains the model and serial numbers, is located under the right burner grate support on model DGRSC, and under the left burner grate (on the left side wall) on model DRG(c). Consumers must remove the burner grill to see the serial plate.

Consumer can call Jade Products toll-free at (888) 607-5694 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 01-108, (310) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01108.html.


(4) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION AND REMINGTON PRODUCTS CO., LLC ANNOUNCE RECALL OF HAIRDRYERS

The CPSC and Remington Products Co., LLC of Bridgeport, Connecticut is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 hairdryers. These hairdryers are not equipped with an appliance leakage current interrupter plug (ALCI plug) to cut off electrical current in case of contact with water. If dropped in water, the hairdryers pose an electrocution hazard to consumers.

The 1600 watt hairdryers have a chrome body, with black speed and heat controls. The model name "Remington Vortex Ultra," is printed in black on one side of the air intake grill; with the model number V-1030, and the words, "Do Not Immerse In Water" and "Made in China" printed in silver on the other side. The hairdryers have a UPC number of 0-74590-87541-6, which is located on the packaging box.

FThe recalled hairdryers were sold nationwide in K-Mart; Sears; Target; Bed, Bath & Beyond; K's Merchandise; Service Merchandise; Eckerd; and Army and Air Force Exchanges.

For more information, call Remington toll-free at (800) 992-9686 or Remington's contact is Alexander R. Castaldi at (203) 332-9731.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-111, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issues by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01111.html


(5) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION AND HURRICANE PRODUCTS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF PROPANE REGULATORS

The CPSC and Hurricane Products of Valencia, California is voluntarily recalling about 20,000 propane regulators. These propane regulators, manufactured by Chen Fong Enterprise Co. Ltd., of Taiwan, are used to regulate the flow of propane from pressurized containers. These regulators can leak propane, which can result in a fire or explosion. The leak can cause the appliance flame to be larger than expected, possibly causing burns to nearby consumers and cause nearby combustibles to catch fire.

Hurricane Products, the importer and distributor, has received 125 reports of these regulators leaking propane. There have been no reports of fires or injuries occurring as a result of these regulators leaking

The regulator has two input valves and one output valve. "Model 6000" is imprinted on the top of the regulator. The patent number, "5103861," is imprinted on the bottom of the regulator, as well as "MADE IN TAIWAN." The date of manufacture also is imprinted on the bottom of the regulator in a four-digit date code, indicating the month and year manufactured. Regulators of "0196," indicating January 1996, through "1099," indicating October 1999, are part of this recall.

Consumers should contact the outlet where the regulator was purchased or call Emerald Isle, which is conducting the recall for Hurricane Products, at (877) 673-3278 toll-free.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 01-112, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The notice issued by the CPSC c an be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01112.html.


(6) BUICK SKYLARK, OLDSMOBILE ACHIEVA AND PONTIAC GRAND AM AUTOMOBILES RECALLED

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 1994-1995 Buick Skylark Oldsmobile Achieva and Pontiac Grand Am Automobiles.

If the engine starter fails to engage and the driver holds the key in the "start" position for an extended period, high current flows through the ignition switch, producing heat that can melt switch parts. A fire can occur in the steering column and spread to the interior of the car.

Consumers should contact Buick at (800) 521-7300; Oldsmobile at (800) 442-6537; or Pointiac at (800) 762-2737. The NHTSA Recall No. is 00V287000/Mfg. #: 00079. The notice issued by the NHTSA can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/01/287.htm

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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