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"Recall Alerts"

04-15-2005

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, Maytag Corp. Announce Recall of Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners


(1) CPSC, MAYTAG CORP. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF HOOVER SELF-PROPELLED UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANERS

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: Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Units: About 636,000

Manufacturer: Hoover Co., of North Canton, Ohio. Hoover Co. is part of the Maytag Corp.

Hazard: The recalled vacuums have defective on-off switches that can overheat the handle and toolholder areas of the vacuum, resulting in a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 249 reports of vacuums overheating, which caused the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire. One minor burn injury requiring no medical attention was reported.

Description: Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners are plastic, upright vacuums with the brand name "Hoover" and words "Self Propelled" printed on the front of the product. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the back of the vacuum.

The following model numbers are included in the recall:
U6423-900U6425-900U6425-950
U6445-900U6445-960U6449-900
U6450-900U6451-900U6455-900

Only those Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners manufactured between May 1998 and November 1999 are included in this recall. The recalled models include serial numbers 0598xxxxxxxx through 1199xxxxxxxx, with the first four digits of the serial number indicating the month and year of production (e.g., 0598xxxxxxxx is May 1998).

Sold at: Household appliance and floorcare retailers nationwide from May 1998 through July 2000 for between $259 and $279.

Manufactured in: U.S.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately and contact Maytag to obtain the name and address of the nearest Hoover repair center to schedule a free repair. Consumers should not return their vacuum cleaners to retailers.

Consumer Contact: Call Maytag Corp. toll-free at (800) 250-6075 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firmsí Web sites at www.maytag.com or www.hoover.com

The CPSC release number is 05-156. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml05/05156.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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