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"Recall Alerts"

05-31-2004

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 Kmart Announce Recall of Martha Stewart Everyday® Safety Matches
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Genan Import, Inc. Announce Recall of Kinetic Lighting Pictures
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2000 – 2004 Chrysler PT Cruisers


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND KMART ANNOUNCE RECALL OF MARTHA STEWART EVERYDAY® SAFETY MATCHES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kmart of Troy, Michigan announce recall of Martha Steward Everyday® safety matches.

Hazard: These matches may ignite upon impact, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Description: The recalled matches come in a yellow checkered box, with the UPC code – 045774700237 – printed on the back. The matches are 11 inches long.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the matches immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kmart toll-free at (866) 562-7848 anytime or log on the company’s Web site at www.kmart.com





(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND GENAN IMPORT, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF KINETIC LIGHTING PICTURES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Genan Import, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois announce recall of Kinetic Lighting Pictures (Moveable Waterfall Pictures).

Hazard: These pictures have inadequate construction, incorrect wiring, and use flammable materials, all of which pose fire and electric shock hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Genan Import has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.


Description: The recalled Kinetic Lighting Pictures are framed artwork that utilize electric lights and sound and feature moving background scenes, including waterfalls and snow. Some of the pictures have nature scenes with a church or a barn in the background. The paintings come with wooden, glass mirror, or plastic frames that depict wolves, elephants, or dolphins. The pictures come in seven different sizes: 178cm x 112cm; 148cm x 99cm; 118cm x 74cm; 110cm x 74cm; 99cm x 48cm; 65cm x 47cm; and 41cm x 32cm.

Remedy: Return the picture to Genan Import for a refund.

Consumer Contact: For information on returning the picture, consumers should call Genan Import at (800) 517-5795 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday or log on to the company’s Web site at www.genanimport.com


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2000 – 2004 CHRYSLER PT CRUISERS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Chrysler is recalling 438,000 PT Cruiser cars over problems with defective power steering hoses that can leak fluid into the engine compartment potentially causing engine fires.

The routing of the hose in some of the 2.4 liter automatic versions of the retro sedan could cause it to come into contact with the transaxle cover, potentially damaging the hose and allowing steering fluid to leak in to the engine. Power steering fluid that comes into contact with hot engine components can ignite.

A spokeswoman for the DaimlerChrylser unit said the automaker had received nine reports of underhood fires that were apparently linked to the problem.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect and relocate, or replace as necessary, the power steering hose and confirm torque of the hose fastener at the steering gear end. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 04V268000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/

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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