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"Recall Alerts"

05-25-2011

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. STIHL Recalls Yard Power Products Due to Burn and Fire Hazards
  2. Walmart Recalls GE Food Processors Due to Laceration and Fire Hazard


(1) STIHL RECALLS YARD POWER PRODUCTS DUE TO BURN AND FIRE HAZARDS

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: Gas powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap

Units: About 2.3 million

Manufacturer: STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va.

Hazard: The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: STIHL has received 81 reports of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The following yard power tools and model numbers are included in this recall:

Product Name & DescriptionModel NumberSerial Numbers AffectedPhotos
Blower, backpackBR 500Up to 284053456Picture of Backpack Blower, Model BR 500
BR 500
BR 550Up to 284053456
BR 600Up to 284053456
BR 600 MagnumUp to 284053456
Hedge Trimmer, extended reachHL 90KUp to 284101483Picture of Extended Reach Hedge Trimmer, Model HL 100
HL 100
HL 100Up to 284101483
HL 100 KUp to 284101483
Pole PrunerHT 56 C-EUp to 284398635Picture of Pole Pruner, Model HT 131
HT 131
HT 100Up to 284097165
HT 101Up to 284097165
HT 130Up to 284097165
HT 131Up to 284097165
EdgerFC 56 C-EUp to 284180999Picture of Edger, Model FC 70 C-E
FC 70 C-E
FC 70 C-EUp to 284180999
FC 90Up to 284012099
FC 95Up to 284012099
FC 100Up to 284012099
FC 110Up to 284012099
Trimmer/BrushcutterFS 40 C-EUp to 284180999Picture of Trimmer/Brushcutter, Model FS 110 R
FS 110 R
FS 56 C-EUp to 284180999
FS 56 RC-EUp to 284180999
FS 70 RC-EUp to 284180999
FS 90Up to 284012099
FS 90 RUp to 284012099
FS 100 RXUp to 284012099
FS 110Up to 284012099
FS 110 RUp to 284012099
FS 110 RXUp to 284012099
FS 130Up to 284012099
FS 130 RUp to 284012099
Clearing SawFS 310Up to 284012099Picture of Clearing Saw, Model FS 310
FS 310
KombiEngineKM 56 RC-EUp to 284180999Picture of KombiEngine, Model KM 130 R
KM 130 R
KM 90 RUp to 284012099
KM 110 RUp to 284012099
KM 130 RUp to 284012099

Visit STIHL’s website, www.stihlusa.com for additional photos of the power tools involved and photos of the toolless fuel cap.

Sold at: Authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for between $190 and $650.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair. Consumers can contact STIHL for instructions on identifying these toolless fuel caps.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact STIHL toll-free at (800) 233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.stihlusa.com or e-mail to stihlrecall@stihl.us

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11226.html


(2) WALMART RECALLS GE FOOD PROCESSORS DUE TO LACERATION AND 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: General Electric®; Food Processors

Units: About 255,000

Importer: Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard: The safety interlock system on the recalled food processor can fail; allowing operation without the lid secured which poses a laceration hazard. In addition, the product can emit smoke, or catch fire, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Walmart has received a total of 58 incident reports: 24 reports of the food processor operating without the lid in place, of which 21 resulted in injuries to fingertips; and 34 reports of the unit smoking, including 3 reports of fires.

Description: This recall involves GE-branded digital, 14-cup food processors. The food processors are black with stainless steel trim, and model number 169203 is imprinted on the underside of the unit.

Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com from September 2009 through February 2011 for a retail price of about $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled food processor and return the product to any Walmart for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Walmart Customer Service toll free at (877) 207-0923 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.walmartstores.com/recalls

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11227.html

Picture of Labeling on Recalled Food Processor




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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