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"Recall Alerts"

05-16-2013

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Avon Recalls Microwave Popcorn Maker Due to Burn and Fire Hazards; New Instructions Provided


(1) AVON RECALLS MICROWAVE POPCORN MAKER DUE TO BURN AND FIRE HAZARDS; NEW INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Touch Point Portable Baseboard Convection Heaters

Recall Date: May 16, 2013

Recall Number: 13-193

Name of product: Microwave Popcorn Makers

Units: About 54,700

Hazard: When cooked too long, the popcorn can overheat in this popcorn maker and ignite, posing a fire or burn hazard to consumers.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the popcorn maker immediately and contact Avon to receive a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely use the microwave popcorn maker. The new instructions can also be obtained from independent Avon representatives and on Avon's website under the Product Recall section.
Description: This recall involves Avon's Microwave Popcorn Maker sold in the U.S. with item number 474-105 in Avon's brochures and website. The recalled plastic popcorn maker consists of a clear tub and a yellow vented lid. The tub is 6 inches high and measures 7.5 inches in diameter and has three feet at the base. "DO NOT REMOVE WITH BARE HANDS. HOLD UNIT WITH GLOVES" is molded into the plastic of the lid and "USE IN MICROWAVE OVEN ONLY" is molded into the underside of the bowl. "Made in Taiwan" is printed on an adhesive label located on the underside of the bowl.

Incidents/Injuries: Avon has received 20 reports of the popcorn makers overheating, including two incidents involving fires that resulted in damage to microwave ovens. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Through independent Avon sales representatives and online at
www.avon.com from October 2012 through February 2013, for about $13.

Importer: Avon Products, Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Manufacturer: Okay Enterprise Co., Ltd., of Kunshan City, Taiwan

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Consumer Contact: Avon Products; (800) 367-2866 from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online atwww.avon.com and click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for new instructions and more information.

To see this recall go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Avon-Recalls-Microwave-Popcorn-Maker





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.

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