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"Recall Alerts"

04-23-2001

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 American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc. Recalls Rope Light Switches
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Light Tech Recall Cable Light Switches
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Disney Store Recall Little Mermaid Costumes
  4. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and LG Electronics, Inc. Recall Dehumidifiers


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND AMERICAN TACK & HARDWARE CO. INC. RECALLS ROPE LIGHT SWITCHES

Rope Light Switches - American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc., of Monsey, N.Y., is recalling about 270,000 on/off switches sold in packages of Westek rope lights. Rope lights are lights inside a plastic cord used for decorative lighting. They consist of a rectangular white plastic box about 1 inches long. The box contains a wheel-type switch through the middle that rotates to turn the power on and off. The Westek "Rope LightingKits," which can be identified by the words "Westek" written on the plastic tube of the rope lights, were sold in 9-foot and 18-foot lengths in clear red, yellow, green, blue, and orange. The switches also were included in Westek "Power Cord Kits" designed for use with bulk rope lights.

Problem: If the rope lights are plugged in, even if the lights are not lit, the recalled switch on the power cord could allow the rope lights to remain energized. This poses a potential electric shock hazard to consumers.

For more information, contact American Tack & Hardware Co., Inc. toll-free at (800) 777-0802 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-127, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01127.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND LIGHT TECH RECALL CABLE LIGHT SWITCHES

Cable Light Switches - Light Tech, of Grand Rapids, Mich., is recalling about 350,000 on/off switches that were included in cable lights packages. "Cable lights," also known as rope lights, are lights inside a plastic cord used for decorative lighting. The on/off switches for the cable lights were included as an optional accessory for consumers to attach to the power cords. They consist of a rectangular white plastic box about 1 inches long. The box contains a wheel-type switch through the middle that rotates to turn the power on and off.

The switches were included in 36-inch and 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24-foot lengths in power pack kits, which are designed for use with bulk cable lights. The cable lights are clear and have the words "Cable LightsTM" written on the plastic tubing.

For more information, contact Light Tech toll-free at (800) 485-3080 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-127, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01127.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND DISNEY STORE RECALL LITTLE MERMAID COSTUMES

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Disney Store, of Glendale, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 54,000 Princess Ariel (The Little Mermaid) costumes. Fabric used in these costumes can ignite readily and presents a serious risk of burn injuries in violation of the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act.

The Princess Ariel costume has a green skirt with two layers of netting on top and a sequined purple metallic bodice with a picture of Ariel. The costumes were sold in youth sizes 2-4, 4-6X and 8-10. The neckline labels read "The Disney Store."

For more information, contact Disney at (800) 328-5902 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.

The CPSC point of contact is Sondra Haley, release number 01-129, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01129.html


(4) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND LG ELECTRONICS, INC. RECALL DEHUMIDIFIERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), LG Electronics Inc., of Seoul, South Korea, is voluntarily recalling about 100,000 Goldstar, General Electric, and Sears Kenmore portable dehumidifiers. These dehumidifiers have an internal electrical connection that can overheat, presenting a potential fire hazard to consumers.

LG Electronics has received seven reports of dehumidifiers overheating, including four reports of fire within the units, with smoke damage to surrounding objects.

The recalled dehumidifiers are white, with a red auto shut off button, and regulators for fan speed and humidity control. The dehumidifiers were manufactured between November 1998 and May 1999, and have the following brand names and model numbers: Goldstar DH2510, DH4010 and DH5010; General Electric AHG25LAG1, AHG40LAG1 and AHG50LAG1; and Sears Kenmore 580.59600890 (60-pint model only).

For more information, contact LG Electronics toll-free at (800) 651-1602.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-130, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01130.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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