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"Recall Alerts"

04-05-2004

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 Salton, Inc. Announce Recall of Timex Outdoor Appliance Timers
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing Co. Announce Recall of Sun-Sational Electric Heater
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Brass Light Gallery Announce Recall of Wall Sconces


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND SALTON, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF TIMEX OUTDOOR APPLIANCE TIMERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Salton, Inc. of Lake Forest, Illinois announce the recall of Timex Outdoor Appliance Timers

Hazard: The Timex timers have reverse polarity in the wiring, which allows current to flow to the attached appliance when the timer is turned off. Consumers can receive an electric shock.

Description: The timer is designed to be mounted on a wall and plugged into a 120V outlet. It has an outlet on the underside for the appliance plug. Consumers can program the device to turn lights and appliances on or off at desired intervals. The word “Timex” is printed on the front door of the timer and on the dial inside. A label on the back includes the words “Model Number: 12/810.”

Remedy: Consumers should contact Salton to receive a prepaid shipping label to return the recalled timer. Salton will send the consumer a replacement timer.

Consumer Contact: Call Salton toll free at (800) 919-3101 between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday, or email Salton at salton@saltonusa.com

The CPSC release number is 04-092. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04092.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND LAKEWOOD ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF SUN-SATIONAL ELECTRIC HEATER

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing Co., of Chicago, Illinois announce recall of Sun-Sational Electric Heater

Hazard: Electrical connections inside of the heater can become loose. This could cause the metal portion of the heater to become energized, posing a serious shock hazard to consumers.

Description: The recalled “Sun-Sational” Deluxe Radiant heaters have a metallic gray heating element, white base, and red control knobs. The heater has a label at the base that reads, “SUN-Sational” and “Warning: Risk of Fire.” The oval-shaped heater has an 800 Watt and 1200 Watt setting and has a sensor to alert users of overheating.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these heaters, unplug them, and contact the company for a free repair or replacement. Lakewood also will provide consumers with instructions as to how to return the heater to the company free of charge.

Consumer Contact: Call Lakewood toll-free at (888) 858-3506 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday or log on to the company’s Web site at www.lakewoodeng.com

The CPSC release number is 04-098. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04098.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND BRASS LIGHT GALLERY ANNOUNCE RECALL OF WALL SCONCES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Brass Light Gallery of Milwaukee, Wisconsin announce recall of wall sconces.

Hazard: The tie-downs, which secure the electrical wires to the mounting bracket, may come loose, causing the wire to touch the bulb and pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Description: The wall-mounted light fixtures have a translucent, natural alabaster stone cover. The recalled wall sconces include model numbers AL-3208, AL-5008, and AL-5108. Models AL-3208 and AL-5008 use one light bulb; whereas, Model AL-5108 uses two bulbs. The alabaster covers measure 8 inches in width and between 9 ½ and 15 inches in height.

Remedy: Consumers should contact Brass Light Gallery for instructions on receiving a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: Call Brass Light Gallery toll-free at (888) 212-4953 anytime.

The CPSC release number is 04-099. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04099.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.

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