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"Recall Alerts"

04-01-2014

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Dyson Recalls Bladeless Portable Electric Heaters Due to Fire Hazard


(1) DYSON RECALLS BLADELESS PORTABLE ELECTRIC HEATERS DUE TO 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Portable electric heaters

Hazard: The heaters can develop an electrical short and overheat, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Dyson toll-free at (866) 297-5303, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or online at www.dyson.com and click on Safety Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Dyson-Recalls-Bladeless-Portable-Electric-Heaters/

Units: About 338,000 in the U.S. and about 43,000 in Canada

Description: This recall is for all Dyson Hot heaters and Dyson Hot+Cool heaters having model number AM04 and all Dyson Hot+Cool heaters with model number AM05. The heaters are 23 inches tall with a round base and an upper body shaped like an elongated ring. The heaters have no external fan blades. They are made of plastic and were available in the colors silver, black and silver, blue and gray, gray and silver, pink and gray, purple and gray, and white and gray. Each heater came with a remote control. The model number is found above the Dyson logo on the product information sticker on the underside of the heaterís base.

Incidents/Injuries: Dyson is aware of 82 incidents of the recalled heaters short-circuiting and overheating, including four reports of heaters with burned or melted internal parts. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled heaters and contact Dyson for a free repair.

Sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Costco, Fry's, Kohl's, Lowe's, Macy's, Sears, Target and other retailers nationwide, and online at Abt.com, Amazon.com, Dyson.com, Groupon.com, HSN.com, QVC.com and Walmart.com from September 2011 to March 2014 for about $399.

Importer: Dyson Inc., of Chicago

Manufactured in: Malaysia

To see this recall go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Dyson-Recalls-Bladeless-Portable-Electric-Heaters/



Dyson Hot and Dyson Hot+Cool (AM04) and Dyson Hot+Cool (AM05) heaters



The model number is found above the Dyson logo on the product information sticker on the base.

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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