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"Recall Alerts"

06-06-2008

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Polycom, Inc. Recalls Wireless Conference Phone Batteries Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Counterfeit Circuit Breakers Recalled By Specialty Lamp International Due to Fire Hazard
  3. Char-Broil Recalls Two-Burner Gas Grills Sold Exclusively at Mills Fleet Farm Stores Due to Fire, Burn Hazard
  4. The Home Depot Recalls Candle Holders Due to Fire Hazard
  5. Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Sold Exclusively in Walgreens Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards by TWIE
  6. Additional Incidents Prompt Re-Announcement of Recall of Gel Candles Due to Fire Hazard
  7. American Flame Recalls Fireplaces to Replace Gas Valves Due to Fire and Explosion Hazards


(1) POLYCOM, INC. RECALLS WIRELESS CONFERENCE PHONE BATTERIES DUE TO 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.

Name of Product: SoundStation2W Wireless Conference Phones with Lithium Ion Batteries

Units: About 5,800 units

Phone Distributor: Polycom, Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif.

Battery Pack Distributor: Gold Peak Industries Ltd., of Hong Kong

Hazard: The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire or burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Polycom has received one report of a battery pack overheating resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled battery packs were supplied by Gold Peak Industries Ltd. and sold with Polycom’s SoundStation2W wireless conference phones from December 1, 2007 until May 2, 2008, and separately as replacement battery packs during the same time period. The SoundStation2W part numbers and SKU numbers are printed on the underside of the telephone and include the following models:

Part NumberSKU Number
2201-67800-0222200-07800-001
2201-67880-0222200-07880-001

SoundStation2W recalled battery pack part numbers, SKU numbers and date codes are as follows:

Part NumberSKU NumberDate Code
1520-07803-0032200-07803-002GP1207, GP0108, GP0208, GP0308
(December 2007 through March 2008)
1520-07804-0032200-07804-002GP1207, GP0108, GP0208, GP0308
(December 2007 through March 2008)

The battery packs have a black or white plastic coating and a white label with the following title: “RECHARGEABLE Li-ion BATTERY.” The recalled battery pack part numbers can be found on the bottom right hand corner of the white label on the battery pack. The date code can be found to the left of the part number printed on the white label of the battery.

Sold by: Authorized dealers nationwide through catalogs, online, telesales, office supply stores, the Polycom Web store, and Fry’s Electronics retail locations from December 2007 through May 2, 2008 for between $700 and $900. Replacement battery packs were sold for between $50 and $90 through the same outlets.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the battery pack from their SoundStation2W wireless conference phone. Once the battery pack is removed, consumers can still use their conference phone by keeping the charger plugged into the unit. Consumers should not attempt to use battery packs other than those supplied by Polycom in the unit. Consumers should contact Polycom for a free replacement battery pack.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Polycom, Inc. at (800) 963-7627 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.polycom.com/2WBattery




SoundStation2W Conference Phone


12 hour talk time Battery Pack


24 hour talk time Battery Pack

Battery Pack Date Code Example: GP0108 (January 2008) Battery Pack Part Number Example: 1520-07804-003


(2) COUNTERFEIT CIRCUIT BREAKERS RECALLED BY SPECIALTY LAMP INTERNATIONAL DUE TO 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.

Name of Product: Counterfeit Circuit Breakers labeled as “Square D”

Units: About 371,000

Distributor: Specialty Lamp International Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Hazard: The recalled circuit breakers labeled “Square D” have been determined by Square D to be counterfeit and can fail to trip when they are overloaded, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The counterfeit circuit breakers are black and are labeled as Square D QO-series models 115, 120, 130, 215, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260 and 2020 and Square D QOB-series models 115, 120, 130, 220, 230, 250, 260 and 1515. Actual Square D circuit breakers have (a) the amp rating written on the handle in white paint on the front of the breaker (authentic Square D circuit breakers manufactured prior to 2003 did not have white paint on the amperage numbers); (b) the Square D insignia molded onto the breaker side, and; (c) a yellow chromate mounting clip with half of the top of the clip visible. If your breaker, labeled as Square D, does not match this description, it could be counterfeit.

Sold by: Electrical product distributors nationwide from May 2005 through June 2006 for between $3 and $23.

Manufactured in: China or Unknown

Remedy: Consumers should contact Specialty to determine if the breaker they have is counterfeit and to arrange for a free inspection and replacement or refund if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Specialty at (866) 650-3076 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, by email bart@specialty-lamp.com, or visit the company’s Web site at www.ebulb.net. This is not a Square D Company recall.


A Genuine Circuit Breaker has a white painted amp rating on the toggle switch.


(3) CHAR-BROIL RECALLS TWO-BURNER GAS GRILLS SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT MILLS FLEET FARM STORES DUE TO FIRE, BURN 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 until a replacement burner is installed.

Name of Product: Char-Broil Two-Burner Gas Grills Model 463720108

Units: About 400

Importer: Char-Broil LLC, of Columbus, Ga.

Manufacturer: Shenzhen Jinwoniu Trading Company LTD, China

Hazard: On the recalled grills, the main burner does not fit correctly and does not connect properly to the gas valve which could result in a propane leak. This poses fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the Char-Broil gas grills with model number 463720108 and serial number ranging from 000001 to 000402. The gas grills have a main burner with two-burner plates, a 170 square inch swing-away rack, two side shelves and a condiment basket. Char-Broil’s logo is on the top of the lid of the grill. The serial and model numbers are located on the white rating label on the back of the horizontal support of the grill.

Sold at: Mills Fleet Farm Stores in Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin from February 2008 through April 2008 for about $120.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the grill immediately and contact Char-Broil for a free replacement burner and installation instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Char-Broil at (866) 671-7988 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.charbroil.com


(4) THE HOME DEPOT RECALLS CANDLE HOLDERS DUE TO 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.

Name of Product: Candle Holders

Units: About 14,000

Importer: The Home Depot, of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: Sunlight passing through the glass portion can cause nearby flammable materials to ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The sun-shaped candle holder is glass and metal, and was sold in four colors (red, green, blue, and yellow). “15.75" Candle Holder” is printed on the product’s hang tag.

Sold at: The Home Depot stores in the southern and western regions of the U.S. from January 2008 through March 2008 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to The Home Depot for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call toll-free (866) 403-5504 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, or visit the company’s Web site at www.homedepot.com


(5) REMOTE-CONTROLLED HELICOPTER TOYS SOLD EXCLUSIVELY IN WALGREENS RECALLED DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS BY TWIE

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: “Sky Champion” Wireless Indoor Helicopters

Units: About 152,000

Importer/Distributor: TWIE, also known as Tradewinds International Enterprises Inc., of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The rechargeable battery contained inside the helicopter can catch fire, igniting the helicopter and nearby combustible materials. This poses a burn or fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: TWIE has received two reports of helicopters catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the “Sky Champion” wireless indoor helicopter. The helicopter comes with a transmitter that controls and recharges the helicopter. The helicopter is made of foam and plastic and measures about 7 inches by 3 inches. The transmitter measures about 6 inches by 4 inches. “BH26047” is printed on the tail of the helicopter. “WIC 551777” and the UPC code is 630990006005 are printed on the packaging.

Sold at: Walgreens stores nationwide from June 2007 through November 2007 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop playing with the recalled helicopters and contact TWIE for a full refund. Returns will be accepted by TWIE. Walgreens will not accept returns or provide a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact TWIE toll free at (888) 583-4908 anytime or send an email to returncopters@aol.com


(6) ADDITIONAL INCIDENTS PROMPT RE-ANNOUNCEMENT OF RECALL OF GEL CANDLES DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

(Note: This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall announced in February 2007.)

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: Gel Candles

Units: About 1,700

Manufacturer: M & A Global Technologies Inc., doing business as Spa at Home, of Tallahassee, Fla.

Hazard: The candles can have excessive flame height, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: M & A Global Technologies has received four additional reports of higher than normal flames and flames coming in contact with nearby combustibles resulting in minor fires, smoke and soot damage. The company has also received one additional report of burn injuries to a consumer’s hand.

Description: This recall involves Everlasting Jelly candles. Models include Champagne Glass with Heart, Model #502; Large Oval Bowl with Sand & Shells, Model #109-XL; Tumbler with Sand & Shells, Model #101-S; Round Shape with Curly Top and Red Roses, Model #506; Round Shape with Penguins, Model #604; Tumbler with Blue Roses & Leaves, Model #805-11; and Round Shape with Two Butterflies, Model #806-8. The candles were sold in clear glass containers of various sizes with a smaller glass of gel in the middle of the candle.

Sold at: Spa at Home stores and Spaathome.com nationwide from October 2003 through December2003 and October 2005 through December 2005 for between $9 and $50.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and contact M & A Global Technologies for instructions on returning the product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact M & A Global Technologies at (866) 224-8811 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.spaathome.com


Champagne Glass with Heart, Model #502


Large Oval Bowl with Sand & Shells, Model #109-XL


Tumbler with Sand & Shells, Model #101-S


Round Shape with Curly Top and Red Roses, Model #506


Round Shape with Penguins, Model #604


Tumbler with Blue Roses & Leaves, Model #805-11


Round Shape with Two Butterflies, Model #806-8


(7) AMERICAN FLAME RECALLS FIREPLACES TO REPLACE GAS VALVES DUE TO FIRE AND EXPLOSION 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.

Name of Product: Fireplace Gas Valves

Units: About 12,000

Manufacturer: American Flame Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Hazard: Gas can continue to flow into the fireplace pilot light area after the switch has been turned “off,” posing a fire or explosion hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: American Flame has received two reports of incidents involving valve failure and continuous gas flow. No injuries or fires have been reported.

Description: The recall involves American Flame AF-4000 series fireplace gas valves installed in residential fireplaces made by twelve manufacturers under the following brand names: Pacific Energy, Travis Industries, CFM Corporation, Canadian Heating Products, Portland Willamette, Rasmussen, Chimeneas de Columbia, Twin Eagles, FDM, Inca Metals (Savannah Heating), Even Temp, and Valley Comfort. The valves were installed in some but not all fireplaces. Date codes included in the recall include 0622 through 0718. The gas valve model number is located on a label on the bottom of each gas valve. The date code is located above the label.

Sold by: Fireplace retailers and distributors nationwide from September 2006 through July 2007 for between $500 and $2,000 for the fireplaces, with additional costs for installation.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireplaces and contact their dealer for a free repair. The repair involves replacing the fireplace’s valve if it leaks gas in the “off” position when tested by a qualified service technician.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact American Flame toll-free at (888) 672-8929 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET to determine if your fireplace is included in the recall and to arrange for a free repair, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.skytechsystem.com

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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