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"Recall Alerts"

06-03-2005

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. CPSC, Whirlpool Announce Recall of KitchenAid(r) Coffeemakers
  2. CPSC, Generic Value Products Announce the Recall of GVP Hair Straightening Irons
  3. CPSC, Home Interiors & Gifts Inc. Announce Recall of Candle Tins
  4. Hitachi Cable Manchester Inc. Announce Recall of 25- and 50-Pair Plenum Network Cables


(1) CPSC, WHIRLPOOL ANNOUNCE RECALL OF KITCHENAID(R) COFFEEMAKERS

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.

Name of Product: KitchenAid® Coffeemakers.

Units: About 529,000.

Distributed by: Whirlpool Corp., of Benton Harbor, Mich.

Hazard: An internal electrical component of the coffeemaker can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Whirlpool Corp. has received 13 reports of incidents involving coffeemakers overheating resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled KitchenAid® coffeemakers are black, white, red, or blue in color. They are manufactured in 10- and 12-cup models. Consumers can determine if they have one of the recalled coffeemakers by identifying the product’s model and serial numbers, which are located on a label on the bottom of the coffeemaker. The affected models include:

10 - cup models 12 - cup models
KCM120OBKCM300OBKCM200OBKCM400OB
KCM120WHKCM300WHKCM200WHKCM400WH
   KCM400ER
   KCM400BU

KitchenAid® Coffeemakers


12-Cup Model (White)

12-Cup Model (Black)

10-Cup Model (White)

10-Cup Model (Black)


(2) CPSC, GENERIC VALUE PRODUCTS ANNOUNCE THE RECALL OF GVP HAIR STRAIGHTENING IRONS

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.

Name of Product: GVP™ Ceramic Hair Straightening Iron.

Units: About 20,000.

Distributor/Retailer: Sally Beauty Company Inc., of Denton, Texas

Manufacturer: Generic Value Products, of Omaha, Neb.

Hazard: The heated ceramic plates on these irons can loosen and detach during use, posing a risk of burn injuries to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Generic Value Products has received 38 reports of the ceramic plate in these irons overheating and detaching from the plastic housing, including two minor skin burns from a detached plate.

Description: This hair straightening iron has a black housing with golden-colored ceramic heating plates. “Generic Value Products™” is written on the top of the iron and “GVP™” is written in a white circle on the side of the iron. The iron was packaged in a black and white box with the letters GVP™ in large type in the upper left hand front corner. The SKU is 264800, which is written on the packaging.

Sold At: Sally Beauty Supply stores nationwide and Puerto Rico from March 21, 2005 through April 5, 2005 for about $70.

Manufactured in: South Korea

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these irons immediately and return them to any Sally Beauty Supply store for a full refund or exchange for a different straightening iron.

Consumer Contact: Call Generic Value Products toll-free at (800) 526-3009 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or go to their Web site at www.GVPrecall.com


(3) CPSC, HOME INTERIORS & GIFTS INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CANDLE TINS

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.

Name of Product: Home Interiors Fundraising Candle Tin Series

Units Sold: About 300,000.

Manufacturer: Home Interiors & Gifts Inc., of Carrollton, Texas.

Hazard: The candle flames could flare up out of the tin container during use, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been ten reports of candles flaring up. Some surfaces where candle tins were placed were scorched by these candles. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes 6.5 ounce, individually packaged candle tins that are 3-1/4 inches wide and 2 inches tall with an approximate burn time of 35 hours. The lidded tins are silver with fragrance name labels on the side. Fragrances include Sandalwood, Suede, Mulberry, Seaside Breeze, Hawaiian Delight, Carrot Cake, Fresh Peach, Baked Apple Pie, Vanilla Crčme and Lemon Torte.

Sold At: Home Interiors’ fundraising programs and through direct sales associates from April 2005 through May 3, 2005 for $8.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled candles immediately. Consumers with the recalled candles should go to the firm’s Web site at www.homeinteriors.com and click on the candle tin recall for instructions on how to return the candle tins free of charge. Consumers without Internet access can call the firm directly at the toll free number listed below. Information will be available as of Friday, May 27, 2005 via the Home Interiors’ website and the toll free number. For every candle tin returned, consumers will receive a replacement Home Interiors Candle Tin of the same fragrance and also one of Home Interiors’ fragranced body care products.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Home Interiors at (877) 707-8842 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the Web site at www.homeinteriors.com


(4) HITACHI CABLE MANCHESTER INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF 25- AND 50-PAIR PLENUM NETWORK CABLES

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following product.

Name of Product: These network communication cables are used to connect computer and electronic equipment, typically in data centers. These are 25- and 50-pair, category 5 and 5e, CMP cables.

Units Sold: About 1.7 million feet.

Manufacturer: Hitachi Cable Manchester (HCM), Inc. of Manchester, N.H.

Hazard: The recalled cables do not meet the fire resistance standards for cable used in plenum applications. Plenum is the space typically used for air circulation in heating and air conditioning systems. If the cables were exposed to a fire source, smoke or fire could spread more quickly than permitted by the standard for this type of cable. This recall is only for certain CMP cables used in plenum (air duct) applications. CMP cables used in riser (non-plenum) applications are not included in this recall.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled cables typically were installed in data centers and other commercial applications. The part numbers for the recalled cables are 39419-50 (25-pair, category 5e); 30171-100 (50-pair, category 5e); and 30105-50 (25-pair, category 5). Only HCM brand cables with the following lot numbers are affected by this recall: AE589 and A4309 through A5551. The part number and lot number are printed on the jacket of the cables.

Sold At: Authorized electrical or data communication distributors from about June 2003 through December 2004.

Manufactured in: Manchester, N.H.

Remedy: Cables installed in a plenum application will be removed and replaced. Users should contact HCM to coordinate this work among HCM, the property owner and an installer. Because these products were constructed in compliance with HCM’s new listing with UL for CMR (riser) cables, they may remain in place if they have already been installed in riser applications. HCM is directly notifying known purchasers about this recall. The 25-pair version of the recalled cable also was manufactured by HCM under a private label arrangement for Superior Essex Inc. Superior Essex has already contacted all affected customers who purchased this cable.

Contact: Contact HCM toll-free at (800) 772-0116, Ext. 229, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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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