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"Recall Alerts"

04-21-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Nordstrom Inc. Recalls Egg-Shaped Candle Holders for Fire Hazard
  2. HP Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard


(1) NORDSTROM INC. RECALLS EGG-SHAPED CANDLE HOLDERS FOR 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.

Name of Product: Egg-Shaped Candle Holders

Units: About 5,300

Importer: Nordstrom, Inc., of Seattle, Wash.

Hazard: The candle holder is constructed of plastic and could ignite if exposed to flame, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Nordstrom has received one reported incident involving the holder igniting. Minimal smoke damage occurred. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled product is an egg-shaped tea light candle holder sold under style numbers 2C0755A, 2C0755B, and 2C0755C. The tea light holder came in the colors sky blue, pool blue and lavender. Both the style number and the color can be found on a sticker at the bottom of the candle holder.

Manufactured In: China

Sold at: Nordstrom stores nationwide from February 2005 through July 2005 for between $3 and $6.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these candle holders immediately and return them to a Nordstrom store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can contact Nordstrom at (800) 695-8000 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. PT Monday through Saturday, or email the firm at contact@nordstrom.com


(2) HP RECALLS NOTEBOOK COMPUTER BATTERIES 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.

Name of Product: HP and Compaq Notebook Computer Batteries

Units: About 4,100 (about 15,700 batteries worldwide)

Importer: Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, Calif.

Hazard: An internal failure can cause the battery to overheat and melt or char the plastic case, posing a burn and fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: HP has received 20 reports of batteries overheating, including two in the United States. One minor burn injury has been reported. Eleven cases of minor property damage were reported, including one in the United States.

Description: The recalled lithium ion rechargeable batteries are used with various HP and Compaq notebook computers. The recalled batteries are a subset of those manufactured in early January 2005, and will have a bar code label starting with L3. HP and Compaq Notebook Model Series that may contain a recalled battery include:

HP Pavilion Family HP Compaq Family Compaq Presario Family
dv1xxx
ze2xxx
nx48xx V2xxx
M2xxx

The notebook model is located on the display screen bezel or in the labeling on the bottom of the notebook.

Sold at: National and regional computer and electronics stores, online stores, and at hp.com and hpshopping.com from January 2005 through December 2005 for between $1,000 and $3,000. The battery packs also were sold separately for between $100 and $130.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the L3 coded batteries immediately and contact HP to determine if the specific battery is one of the ones being recalled, and if it is, receive a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers should plug in the AC adapter to power the notebook until a replacement battery arrives.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, visit the HP Battery Replacement Program Web Site at www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement , or contact HP at (888) 202-4320 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Media Contact: Tom Augenthaler at (281) 514-4126

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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