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"Recall Alerts"

04-14-2006

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, Tap Enterprises Inc. Recalls Air Compressors Due to Fire and Electrocution Hazards


(1) CPSC, TAP ENTERPRISES INC. RECALLS AIR COMPRESSORS DUE TO FIRE AND ELECTROCUTION HAZARDS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturers named below, today announced voluntary recalls of the following consumer products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Mini 2-Galllon Pancake Air Compressors

Units: About 11,300

Importer: Tap Enterprises, Inc., dba Cummins Industrial Tools, of Spring Hill, Kansas

Hazard: An undersized power cord can overheat and pose a fire hazard. In addition, improper assembly of the power cord strain relief component and improper routing of internal conductors can cause a shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 40 reports of compressors failing to work, including two incidents of smoke and fire. One incident resulted in $30,000 worth of property damage to a stand-alone garage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The mini-pancake air compressors were sold with yellow, blue, gray or silver-painted tanks. Item #2112 and “CUMMINS INDUSTRIAL TOOLS, AIR COMPRESSOR (OILESS), 110V.60Hz, 2 Gallon, Made in China” can be found on the motor housing.

Sold Through: Mobile merchant sales, Web sites, and newspaper advertisements nationwide from June 2004 through March 2006 for about $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the 2-gallon mini compressors immediately and contact Cummins for a refund of the purchase price including shipping.

Consumer Contact: For more information on how to return the air compressors, consumers should contact Cummins www.cumminstools.com

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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