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"Recall Alerts"

05-20-2002

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 Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation Announce recall of Automotive Chargers that Plug into Automotive Cigarette Lighters
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Philips Electronics Announce Recall Of Speaker Power Adapters
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and E-filliate, Inc. Announce Recall Of Extension Cords


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION ANNOUNCE RECALL OF AUTOMOTIVE CHARGERS THAT PLUG INTO AUTOMOTIVE CIGARETTE LIGHTERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., of Brookfield, Wisconsin, is voluntarily recalling about 18,000 Power Plus automotive chargers that plug into automotive cigarette lighters. The automotive chargers are often used on job sites to charge power tool batteries. When used under low voltage conditions, the chargers can overheat. This poses a fire hazard. The recall includes Power Plus automotive chargers and Impact wrench kits containing these chargers.

A label on the front of the charger reads, "Milwaukee...POWER-PLUS 9.6 Volt - 18 Volt AUTOMOTIVE CHARGERS." A nameplate on the back of the charger lists the catalog number.

Impact wrench kits containing these chargers have serial numbers within the range listed below.

The serial number is located on the side of the Impact wrench kit.
Catalog Numbers:
Serial Numbers
Charger 48-59-0184 All Serial Range
Wrench Kit 9079-23 241A401520001 through 241A402080126

Consumers can contact Milwaukee Electric Tool at (800) 414-6527 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers can locate the nearest service center by visiting the firm's web site at www.heavydutytool.com

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson. The release number is 02-156, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02156.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND PHILIPS ELECTRONICS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF SPEAKER POWER ADAPTERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Philips Electronics, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 93,000 speaker power adapters sold with Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) business desktop computers. The speaker power adapter's power cord connector is not grounded, posing a potential shock hazard to consumers. The speaker power adapters were included in HP's P1534A External Amplified Speaker sets.

There is a label on the bottom of the speakers with the model number "P1534-60001." The package includes a black rectangular power adapter, which is about 3-inches high, 2-inches wide and 2-inches long. The adapter has two permanently attached power cords: one that connects to the light or dark gray speakers and a "T-junction" plug that connects to the computer. The speaker power adapter has "Model D12-1-A-950" and "Made in China" printed on a white label on the power adapter.

Consumers should contact Philips Electronics at (800) 870-7193 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, consumers can log on to the Philips Electronics' web site at www.philips.com/us or Hewlett-Packard's web site at www.hp.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson. The release number is 02-161, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02161.html.


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND E-FILLIATE, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF EXTENSION CORDS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), E-filliate Inc., of Rancho Cordova, California, is voluntarily recalling about 12,000 extension cords. The cords have reversed polarity, which can present electric shock and electrocution hazards to consumers.

The recalled Ziotek brand extension cords are black and about one to two feet long. The letters "MSL" are imprinted on the cord's three- pronged plug. The single-receptacle cords have the website, www.ziotek.com, printed on the cord; while the double-receptacle cords have the name "ZIO TEK" printed on the splitter. These extension cords were manufactured in China.

Consumers should E-filliate at (800) 327-6703 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday to receive a prepaid shipping label to return the cord and to select a free replacement or a full refund. Consumers who return the recalled product will also receive a 10 percent discount on a Cyberguys product. Consumers can visit www.cyberguys.com for additional information.

Cords that have the letters "MSL" imprinted on the plug, but which also have a yellow "QC" label wrapped around the cord, are not included in this recall.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson. The release number is 02-161, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02162.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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