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"Recall Alerts"

05-02-2005

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, Sharp Electronics Corp. Announce Recall of Conventional Tube Televisions
  2. CPSC, Heat & Glo Announce Recall of Gas Fireplaces


(1) CPSC, SHARP ELECTRONICS CORP. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CONVENTIONAL TUBE TELEVISIONS

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: 27-Inch Sharp Conventional Tube (CRT) televisions

Units: About 373,000

Manufacturer: Sharp Electronics Corp., of Mahwah, N.J.

Hazard: Power button can break allowing objects to be inserted through the opening. Foreign materials such as crayons, metal objects or straws can ignite posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Sharp has received 23 reports of fires. One incident is reported to have resulted in $20,000 in property damage. The others resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled 27-inch Sharp conventional tube televisions include models 27RS50, 27RS100 and CSR5027. The model number can be found on the label on the back of the television.

Sold at: The recalled televisions were sold at electronics retailers, department stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from March 2001 through February 2005 for about $250.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using these recalled televisions and contact Sharp Electronics Corp. for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: Call Sharp Electronics Corp. at (800) 291-4289 anytime or log onto the firmís Web site at www.sharpusa.com/tv - consumers can also email Sharp at TV@sharpsec.com


(2) CPSC, HEAT & GLO ANNOUNCE RECALL OF GAS FIREPLACES

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: HEAT-N-GLOģ Gem 36 and Gem 42 gas fireplaces

Units: About 7,800

Manufacturer: Heat & Glo, of Lakeville, Minn.

Hazard: Gas in the fireplace can accumulate prior to burner ignition. When ignition takes place, it can cause the glass window to shatter and create a risk of burns or lacerations from broken glass.

Incidents/Injuries: Heat & Glo has received 21 reports of shattered glass, including four minor injuries.

Description: The recall involves all HEAT-N-GLOģ Gem 36 and Gem 42 direct vent gas fireplaces. The model number is located on the rating plate inside the unit on the base pan in front of the gas control. The rating plate can be accessed by removing the lower grille on the fireplace. This recall also includes Gem 36 fireplaces that recently received a replacement burner assembly.

Sold at: Dealers and distributors of Hearth products nationwide sold the fireplace from July 2002 through April 2005 for between $2,380 and $2,700.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the fireplaces immediately and contact Heat & Glo to make arrangements for a free repair. To be sure that no one uses the fireplace by mistake, consumers should shut off the gas supply to the fireplace by removing the lower grille on the fireplace and turning off the ball valve (red lever) on the gas supply line.

Consumer Contact: For assistance in turning off the gas and arranging for a free repair, contact Heat & Glo at (800) 215-5152 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or log on to firmís online registration page at www.gem3642.com or www.heatnglo.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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