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"Recall Alerts"

04-01-2002

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 Pascal Products Company, Ltd., Recall of Fireplace Screens
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dixon Industries, Inc. Recalls Riding Lawn Mowers
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Toro Company Recall Riding Mowers
  4. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Exmark Manufacturing Recall Riding Mowers


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND PASCAL PRODUCTS COMPANY, LTD., RECALL OF FIREPLACE SCREENS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Pascal Products Company Ltd., of Jackson, Miss., is voluntarily recalling about 600 two-paneled fireplace screens. The paint on the metal mesh can ignite when exposed to a direct flame, posing a serious fire hazard to consumers.

The recalled screens are Wal-Mart Home Trends 2-Paneled Fireplace Screens with model number 500RR. The 500RR model screens have a light rust color and use standard Phillips-head hinge pins.

Consumers should stop using the fireplace screens immediately and return them to any Wal-Mart store for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Pascal at (601) 362-6813 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Fireplace screens that have a dark brown color or have elongated dual-use-screw heads are not included in this recall.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson. The release number is 02-123, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02123.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND DIXON INDUSTRIES, INC. RECALLS RIDING LAWN MOWERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dixon Industries Inc., of Coffeyville Kansas, is recalling about 28,000 riding lawn mowers. The fuel tanks on these mowers can crack and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard and risk of burn injuries to consumers.

Dixon has received about 532 reports of fuel leaking from these mowers. There are no reports of injuries or property damage, other than minor lawn damage.

The recall includes the following model Dixon ZTR riding mowers, which are blue, with the serial numbers in the following ranges:

Dixon ZTR
Serial Numbers
Model 2301 2555 through 3100
Models 3303 and 3304 54241 through 66276
Model 3014 14116 through 23741
Model 4421 88987 through 89316
Model 5020,5022, 5023, 5503 2118 through 6575
Models 5017, 5423, 5425 - 4580 through 5835
Model 5502 8484 through 8547
Model 5601 2103 through 2116
Classic Series 97579 through 97798 or 97844 through 97883

The model numbers are located on the body of the mower near the bottom of the seat, or on both sides of the front of the body above the wheels. The serial numbers are located on the left rear corner of the riding mowers, behind the engine. The name "DIXON" is on the front of the mowers.

Consumers should stop using these mowers immediately and contact their nearest Dixon dealer for free installation of a replacement fuel tank. For more information, consumers should contact Dixon at (877) 288- 6673 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at www.dixon-ztr.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris. The release number is 02-124, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02124.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND THE TORO COMPANY RECALL RIDING MOWERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minnesota., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Toro-brand commercial-grade riding mowers. The riding mower's exhaust system can ignite fuel vapors from spilled fuel if the engine backfires.

Toro has received 10 reports of fires caused when these mowers backfired and ignited nearby fuel vapors.

The recall includes Toro-brand Zmaster Z100 series riding mowers. They are red, equipped with 17 to 23 horsepower engines and have mowing decks from 44 to 52 inches. The mowers have independently controlled rear-drive wheels, front casters, and a centrally mounted mowing deck. The brand and model names (Toro Zmaster) appear on the front of the mower.

Consumers should contact Toro or their local Toro dealer to determine if their riding mower's model numbers and serial numbers are included in the recall. The model and serial number are located on a decal located on the right side of the operating console below the seat. If needed, the dealer will schedule a repair of the riding mower's exhaust system. For more information, contact Toro at (800) 225-0578 anytime or visit the firm's web site at www.Toro.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris. The release number is 02-125, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02125.html


(4) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND EXMARK MANUFACTURING RECALL RIDING MOWERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Exmark Manufacturing, of Beatrice, Nebraska, is voluntarily recalling about 21,000 Exmark-brand commercial-grade riding mowers. The riding mower's exhaust system can ignite fuel vapors from spilled fuel if the engine backfires.

The recall includes Exmark-brand Lazer Z HP series riding mowers, which are red. They are equipped with 17 to 23 horsepower engines and have mowing decks from 44 to 52 inches. The mowers have independently controlled rear-drive wheels, front casters, and a centrally mounted mowing deck. The brand and series names (Exmark Lazer Z HP) appear on the front of the mower.

Consumers should contact Exmark or their local Exmark dealer to determine if their riding mower's model numbers and serial numbers are included in the recall. The model and serial numbers are visible from the right side of the unit. They are located on a decal on the right side of the controls console. If needed, the dealer will schedule a repair of the riding mower's exhaust system. For more information, contact Exmark at (800) 479-8379 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday, or write an email to service@exmark.com. Consumers also can go to the firm's web site at www.exmark.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris. The release number is 02-126, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02126.html.

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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