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"Recall Alerts"

06-03-2002

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 Seismic Safety Products, Inc. Announce Recall of Earthquake Gas Shut Off Valves
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Announces Warning About Red Devil Gas Grills


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND SEISMIC SAFETY PRODUCTS, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF EARTHQUAKE GAS SHUT OFF VALVES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Seismic Safety Products Inc., a subsidiary of Pacific Aerospace & Electronics Inc., both of Wenatchee, Washington, is voluntarily recalling approximately 600 Earthquake gas shut-off valves. These gas valves could stick in the open position allowing gas to flow freely, which poses a risk of serious injury to consumers from fire and explosion during an earthquake.

The recalled Northridge 2000 Earthquake Valves are about 3-1/2 inches wide by 2-1/2 inches high by 2 inches deep. The valves' bodies are made of aluminum and are coated with a blue color. The recalled valves have a white reset knob in the front that reads, "Northridge 2000 Valve" and a white label on the back that reads in part, "Models M75 [or M100], ASCE 25-97, RR#5370, CSA-OSA, 2 PSI Max Gas Flow." These valves were manufactured in the United States.

Seismic Safety Products sold the valves to plumbers in the Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle, Washington areas from February 2001 through April 2001 for between $200 and $300. The company also sold these valves on their website at www.seismic-safety.com.

Consumers should contact Seismic Safety Products immediately at (800) 948-3782 For more information, consumers also can write to: Pacific Aerospace & Electronics Inc., 430 Olds Station Road, Wenatchee, WA 98801.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles. The release number is 02-2-163, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02163.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) ANNOUNCES WARNING ABOUT RED DEVIL GAS GRILLS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about 155,000 Red Devil gas grills manufactured by e4L Inc., of Encino, California and, Quantum North America Inc., of Encino, California. The product's design allows consumers to light the grill at an air intake tube, instead of at the burner. Though the grill appears to function normally, gas inside the air intake tube ignites. The tube can reach temperatures of up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit and present a burn hazard to consumers. In some earlier grills, the heat produced by lighting the grill at the air intake tube damaged the plastic support piece, and caused the grill to fall to the ground. When it collapses, flames from the grill can burn nearby consumers and ignite surrounding combustibles.

These red metal gas grills have a tripod stand. They have a logo on the label of the lid and grill base showing a devil cooking at a grill with the writing, "Red Devil." The lid also reads "The Portable Outdoor Kitchen." The black plastic base, above the tripod, reads "QUANTUM HOMEWARES." Components sold with the grill include a heat plate, an oversized skillet with handles, a table-safe serving trivet, and carrying totes. They were manufactured in Hong Kong.

CPSC sued e4L Inc. and Quantum North America Inc. to obtain a recall, and an administrative law judge granted CPSC a default judgment when these manufacturers failed to appear. The firms are liquidating their assets under bankruptcy law.

Both the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and QVC voluntarily notified their customers directly about the hazard these grills pose, and provided a remedy.

Grills purchased from retailers other than the HSN and QVC are dangerous, and CPSC urges consumers to stop using them immediately. Since Quantum and e4l have declared bankruptcy, there is no remedy available. Consumers should dispose of these grills to prevent further injuries. Consumers who are aware of any incidents with these grills or who want additional information should contact CPSC at (800) 638-2772 anytime. Vendors who are still selling these grills also are encouraged to stop doing so and contact CPSC.

About 19,300 of these grills, sold directly by e4L, were recalled in July 1998 because the burners could disconnect from the burner pan. The firm received 21 reports of the burners on these grills disconnecting and one consumer suffered burns. Even if consumers participated in this previous recall program, they should stop using these grills since this warning addresses a different hazard.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles. The release number is 02-159, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02159.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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