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"Recall Alerts"

05-12-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Mini Fireplace Candle Kits Recalled for Fire Hazard
  2. Hoshino USA Inc. Recall to Repair Electric Bass
  3. Masterfoods USA Recalls M&M’S® Menorah for Fire Hazard


(1) MINI FIREPLACE CANDLE KITS RECALLED 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: “Fireplace in a Box” Candle Kits

Units: About 78,500

Distributor: Running Press Book Publishers, of Philadelphia, Pa.

Hazard: The mini fireplace which houses the candle can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Running Press has received two reports of incidents involving the fireplace igniting. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled Fireplace in a Box kit includes a 2.5-inch high by 2.5-inch wide plastic fireplace that resembles stone masonry with a black mantle, a tea light candle to fit inside the fireplace, and a small booklet “Fireplace in a Box.” “Fireplace in a Box,” “Mega Mini Kits,” and “ISBN 0-7624-1603-3” is printed on the fireplace’s packaging.

Sold at: Chain and independent booksellers nationwide from September 2003 through April 2006 for about $8.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using this recalled product immediately and return it for a full refund to the place of purchase, or directly to: Running Press, 2300 Chestnut Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103, Attn: Fireplace in a Box Safety Recall. Consumers returning the product to Running Press directly must include full names and addresses and can expect to receive a check within four to six weeks.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers should contact Running Press at (800) 343-4499 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.perseusbooksgroup.com/runningpress


(2) HOSHINO USA INC. RECALL TO REPAIR ELECTRIC BASS

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: Ibanez Basses

Units: About 700

Distributors: Hoshino USA Inc., of Bensalem, Pa. and Chesbro Music Company, of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Hazard: If the battery is improperly installed, the bass can overheat causing internal damage and a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of the bass not working due to improper battery installation. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage.

Description and Models: This recall involves 2005 and 2006 Ibanez Soundgear, Roadgear and Gary Willis series basses. Model numbers are located on the back of the headstock. Models included in this recall are:

GWB105NTF SR1000EBGNTF SR1000EFMNTF SR1000EPBNTF SR1000EWNNTF SR1000EZWNTF SR1005EBGNTF SR1005EFMNTF SR1005EPBNTF SR1005EWNNTF SR1005EZWNTF RD900AHNHS RD900FMNT

Sold at: Authorized Ibanez dealers nationwide from March 2005 through March 2006 for between $700 and $1,400.

Manufactured In: Korea

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the basses immediately and contact their local Ibanez dealer for a free inspection and repair. Dealers will remedy the hazard by having affected basses updated with a new battery snap connector.

Consumer Contact: For more information contact Hoshino USA at (800) 669-8262 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ibanez.com


(3) MASTERFOODS USA RECALLS M&M’S® MENORAH 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: M&M’S® Brand Menorah

Units: About 1,008

Distributor: Masterfoods USA, of Hackettstown, N.J.

Hazard: If a candle burns all the way down, the plastic Menorah could ignite and present a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Masterfoods USA has received five reports of the Menorah smoldering or igniting. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled Menorah is an eight-branch candleholder designed to resemble M&M’S® Brand candies. On each end of the Menorah is an M&M’S® Brand character holding a Star of David.

Sold at: M&M’S World® catalogue, M&M’S World® stores in Las Vegas and Orlando, and online at www.mmsworld.com from November 2005 through December 2005 for about $30.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these Menorahs immediately and return them to Masterfoods USA for a full refund including taxes and shipping and handling, where applicable. Masterfoods USA is also offering a $10 gift certificate good towards the purchase of any M&M’S® collectible.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can contact Masterfoods USA at (800) 849-4867 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

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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