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"Recall Alerts"

05-07-2001

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 Tools Exchange, Inc. Recall Novelty Cigarette Lighters
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Harbor Freight Tools Recall Propane Torches
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dell Computer Corp. Recall Notebook Computer Batteries


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND TOOLS EXCHANGE, INC. RECALL NOVELTY CIGARETTE LIGHTERS

Product: Novelty Cigarette Lighters - Tools Exchange Inc., of Lynwood, California, is recalling about 5,300 novelty cigarette lighters. The lighters have two brand names:

The "Hotery Pocke Torch" comes in various colors, including red and green, and is shaped like a fire extinguisher. It is a butane-fueled, torch-style lighter with a black plastic cap that fits over the flame port and ignition switch. "HOTERY POCKE TORCH" is written on one side of the lighter.

The "Pocket Torch" comes in red and dark gray, and is shaped like a fire hydrant. It is a butane-fueled, torch-style lighter with a black cap that fits over the flame port and ignition switch. The words "Fire Plug" appear in red inside of a black disk on both sides of the lighter.

Problem: The lighters do not have child-resistant mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young children could ignite the lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards.

For more information, call Tools Exchange collect at (310) 604-4444.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 01-139, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01139a.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS RECALL PROPANE TORCHES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Harbor Freight Tools, of Camarillo, California, is voluntarily recalling about 500 propane torches. The propane torch, measuring about 22.5 inches long, comes as a "kit" with a wand, flow valve, turbo blast trigger, hard rubber grip and a hose that attaches to propane tanks. Writing on the hose of reads, "IN-8MM OUT-13MM BURST 525 PSI PRESSURE WORK 150 PSI MADE IN CHINA."

Problem: The hose that comes with the propane torch can crack or burst, presenting a fire and explosion hazard.

For more information, consumers should call Harbor Freight Tools at (800) 444-3353.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 01-139, (301) 504-0580, Ext 1187. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01139b.html.


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND DELL COMPUTER CORP. RECALL NOTEBOOK COMPUTER BATTERIES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dell Computer Corp., of Austin, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 284,000 batteries used in notebook-style personal computers. These batteries can overcharge, causing them to become very hot, release smoke, and possibly catch fire.

The words, "DELL," "MADE IN JAPAN," and "Inspiron 5000 Battery Module" are printed on the top of the batteries. An identification number is written on a colored sticker at the rear of the battery. Those batteries that have colored stickers containing either the number "99" or the series "00 51" or less, and the letter "P" in the first line, are being recalled.

For more information, consumers should call Dell toll-free at (877) 237-3355 or go to Dell's website at www.dell.com to order a free replacement battery.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-140, (301) 504-0580, Ext 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01140.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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