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"Recall Alerts"

04-05-2005

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, DESA Heating Products and Scheu Manufacturing Co. Announce Recall of Propane Heaters
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2003-2005 of E-One Fire Trucks


(1) CPSC, DESA HEATING PRODUCTS AND SCHEU MANUFACTURING CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF PROPANE HEATERS

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: “ALL-PRO”, “Reddy Heater” and “MASTER” Infrared (Tank Top) Propane Heaters

Units: About 88,000

Importers: DESA Heating Products, of Bowling Green, Ky., and Scheu Manufacturing Co., of Upland, Calif.

Hazard: The plastic ring on the heater’s regulator can crack, causing gas to leak out if the propane tank and heater regulator are turned on. This can create a fire hazard if an ignition source is present.

Incidents/Injuries: The firms have received four reports of incidents involving minor burns to the hand and two cases of minor property damage.

Description: DESA and Scheu portable propane infrared (tank top) heaters with the following model names and number are involved in this recall: All-Pro (SPC-15R & SPC-30R), Reddy Heater (HD15A & HD30A) and MASTER (TT15A & TT30A). Reddy, ALL-PRO and Master Heaters imported by DESA have serial numbers between 016,000,000 and 016,159,999. All-Pro heaters imported by Scheu have serial numbers beginning with a “C” or “D” prefix. The model and serial numbers are on the carton and on the heater. The designation “Made in China” is on the carton and warning label attached to the heater. This recall involves only heaters made in China with the serial numbers listed above and does not include those made in Mexico or in China with different serial numbers. The heaters made in Mexico have the same or similar model numbers, but show “Made in Mexico” on the carton and warning label and use the prefix “M” in the serial number. There have been no problems with the Mexican heaters and they are not to be returned.

Sold at: Home centers and hardware stores nationwide from September 2002 through January 2005 for between $45 and $120.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using this heater immediately and return it to the location where you purchased it to obtain a free replacement. If consumers have any questions concerning this recall, they should contact their local retailer or DESA.

Consumer Contact: Contact DESA toll-free at (866) 279-3225 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2003-2005 OF E-ONE FIRE TRUCKS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and E-One, Inc. announce the recall of 2003 - 2005 E-One Fire Trucks.

Summary: On certain fire trucks built with Detroit Diesel Series 60 EGR Engine, the battery to starter motor cable rubs against the hex-head plug on the fuel filter causing insulation damage and unintentional grounding.

Consequence: This could cause a fire in the engine compartment.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the hex head plug on the fuel filter with a 3/8" allen head plug. If the cable is damaged, it will be replaced. The recall began on April 1, 2005. Owners should contact E-One at 1-352-237-1122.

Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 05V143000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/

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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