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"Recall Alerts"

05-04-2007

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Coast Spas and Franklin Electric Co. Recall Coast Spas Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Char-Broil Recalls Two-Burner Gas Grills Sold Exclusively at Big Lots Stores Due to Fire, Burn Hazard


(1) COAST SPAS AND FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO. RECALL COAST SPAS 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: Coast Spas with Franklin Electric Motors

Units: 8,000

Spa Manufacturer: Coast Spas Manufacturing Inc., of Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Motor Manufacturer: The Engineered Motor Products Division of Franklin Electric Company Inc., of Bluffton, Ind.

Hazard: The recalled spas have a circulating pump and motor assembly, which can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Coast Spas has received 30 reports of spa fires. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled spas were manufactured from January 2002 through October 2004. Only spas manufactured during this time frame with either red or yellow pump and motor assemblies are included in this recall. The spa manufacturerís name and date code and the pump and motor assembly can be located in the spa compartment as shown below. Consumers can access this compartment by lifting out the compartment door and setting it aside.

Sold at: Spa dealers nationwide from January 2002 through October 2004 for between $7,000 and $15,000.

Manufactured in: The spas were manufactured in Canada, and the motors and pump assemblies were manufactured in the U.S.

Remedy: Consumers should contact Coast Spas immediately to arrange for the installation of a free retrofit by a service technician.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should check the firmís Web site at www.spamotorretrofit.com, or call Coast Spas toll-free at (877) 534-5255 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.



One of many different recalled Coast Spa models


(2) CHAR-BROIL RECALLS TWO-BURNER GAS GRILLS SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT BIG LOTS STORES DUE TO FIRE, BURN 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: Char-Broil Two-Burner Gas Grills Model 463720407

Units: About 600

Importer: Char-Broil LLC, of Columbus, Ga.

Manufacturer: Winmax, of China

Hazard: The recalled grills could have an incorrect heat shield that does not fit the grills. Without the correct heat shield, the propane tank, hose, and regulator could overheat and damage these components, presenting a risk of fire and burn to consumers, if a propane leak occurs.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported. Five consumers have received grills without the correct heat shield.

Description: Only Char-Broil gas grills with model number 463720407 are included in the recall. This is a two-burner 360 square inch cooking surface gas grill with a 170 square inch swing-away rack, two side shelves and a condiment basket. Char-Broilís logo is on the top of the lid of the grill. The serial number is located on the white rating label on the back of the upper front panel of the grill. The serial numbers range from G305040611002821 to G305040611003420.

Sold at: Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2007 through March 2007 for about $115 and $130.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should inspect their grill to determine whether the heat shield is properly installed. If the heat shield is missing or cannot be installed per instructions, stop using the grill and immediately contact Char-Broil. Char-Broil will send the consumer, free of charge, the correct heat shield and installation instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Char-Broil toll-free at (866) 671-7988 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firmís Web site at www.charbroil.com

Picture of Recalled Char-Broil Two-Burner Gas Grills Model 463720407
Grill Model 463720407
Picture of Incorrect Heat Shield and Correct Heat Shield
Incorrect Heat Shield ††††-†††† Correct Heat Shield

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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