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"Recall Alerts"

06-17-2005

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, Bunn-O-Matic Announce Recall of Home Coffeemakers
  2. CPSC, Aristo Home and Garden Announce Recall of “Fire Stick” Multi-Purpose Lighters
  3. CPSC, Razor USA Announce Recall of PowMax Battery Chargers Sold with Razor Electric Scooters, Motorcycles and Go Karts
  4. CPSC, Jøtul North America Announce Recall to Repair Liquid Propane Fueled Stoves


(1) CPSC, BUNN-O-MATIC ANNOUNCE RECALL OF HOME 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: Bunn® home coffeemakers

Units: About 1.75 million.

Manufacturer: Bunn-O-Matic Corp., of Springfield, Ill.

Hazard: The coffeemaker’s plastic pour-in bowl and lid can melt or ignite due to an electrical failure, posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Bunn-O-Matic has received 17 reports of the bowl or lid melting, though no injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves Bunn® home coffeemakers with model numbers GR-10B, GR-10W, B-10B, B-10W, and BT-10B (including any of those same model numbers ending in the additional letter D) with six-digit date codes ending in “01,” “02,” or “03.” Also involved in the recall are the same models with dates codes ending in “04” and middle digits between “01” and “21.” (If the date code has a seventh digit, consumers should ignore the last digit and use the first six digits.) The model number and date code are stamped on a small white or silver sticker on the bottom of the coffeemaker. The 10-cup Bunn® coffeemakers have either a black or white plastic base and top, and measure 14 ¼-inches high by 7-inches wide by 13 ¾-inches deep. The word “BUNN®” is printed on the front of the machine in chrome.

Sold At: Department and hardware stores nationwide between February 2001 and August 2004 for about $100.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should unplug the coffeemaker and allow it to cool (for at least three hours) before checking to see if they have one of the recalled units. Consumers can contact the firm to obtain a free repair or purchase a new unit at a discount.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call Bunn-O-Matic at (800) 385-2652 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or log on to the firm’s Web site at www.regcen.com/bunnrecall


B10B

B10W

BT10B

GR10W

GR10B


(2) CPSC, ARISTO HOME AND GARDEN ANNOUNCE RECALL OF “FIRE STICK” MULTI-PURPOSE LIGHTERS

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: Fire Stick Multi-Purpose Lighters

Units: About 36,000

Manufacturer: Aristo Home and Garden, of West Deptford, N.J.

Hazard: The lighters fail to meet federal safety standards because they lack child-resistant mechanisms. If young children gain access to these multi-purpose lighters, they can pose a fire hazard or burn risk.

Incidents/Injuries: Aristo has not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving the Fire Stick lighters.

Description: These refillable, butane-fueled lighters are silver in color with a black sliding switch at the middle of the product. Two models of the lighters are included in this recall: a 7-inch model (model number 324007) and a 12-inch model (model number 324012). "Aristo Home & Garden" and "Fire Stick" are printed on the products’ original packaging.

Sold Through: Home and garden retail outlets nationwide from November 2002 through October 2004. The 7-inch models were sold for $10, and the 12-inch models were sold for $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Contact Aristo at (888) 846-9921 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.aristousa.com

Aristo Fire Sticks

7-inch model (Model Number 324007)

12-inch model (Model Number 324012)


(3) CPSC, RAZOR USA ANNOUNCE RECALL OF POWMAX BATTERY CHARGERS SOLD WITH RAZOR ELECTRIC SCOOTERS, MOTORCYCLES AND GO KARTS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: PowMax™ battery chargers sold with certain Razor™ battery-powered scooters and ride-on vehicles

Units: About 584,000

Importer: Razor USA LLC, of Cerritos, Calif.

Manufacturer: Leadman Electronic Co., Ltd. Of China

Hazard: The battery charger can overheat and cause minor burns when touched. Also, nearby items can become damaged by the hot chargers.

Incidents/Injuries: Razor USA has received 144 reports of battery chargers overheating. There have been no reports of injuries and six reports of minor property damage, such as a melted spot on a linoleum floor.

Description: The recall involves PowMax battery chargers distributed with Razor battery-powered scooters and ride-on vehicles. The name "PowMax" appears prominently on the face of the battery charger unit. The vehicles that were sold with the recalled chargers include Razor™ electric scooters (Models E100, E125, E300, E300S, E200, and E200S), Razor Pocket Rocket™ mini electric motorcycles, Razor Ground Force™ electric go karts, and Razor Chopper mini electric motorcycles.

Sold at: Discount department, auto parts and toy stores nationwide from October 2003 through May 2005 for between $130 and $250, depending on the model.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the battery charger and contact Razor for a free replacement. Razor model E300, E300S, E200, and E200S scooters will be repaired as part of another recall announced today.

Consumer Contact: Call Razor toll-free at (866) 664-1409 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday ET, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.razor.com


(4) CPSC, JØTUL NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPAIR LIQUID PROPANE FUELED STOVES

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: Jøtul Gas-Fired Stoves

Units: About 3,200

Manufacturer: Jøtul North America, of Portland, Maine

Hazard: Movement or misplacement of the stove’s burner can allow propane gas to settle in the heater, resulting in delayed ignition. The delayed ignition could shatter the door glass and pose a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Jøtul has received six reports of delayed ignition resulting in glass breakage. One laceration injury has been reported.

Description: The recall involves two Jøtul models of gas-fired stoves - the GF 100 DV II Nordic QT and the GF 200 DV II Lillehammer. The stoves are fueled with liquid propane (LP) gas. The model number (either GF 100 DV II or GF 200 DV II) can be found on the metal rating plate attached to the back of the stove.

Sold at: Dealers and distributors of Jøtul products nationwide sold the GF 100 DV II Nordic QT model for about $1,100 and the GF 200 DV II Lillehammer model for about $1,300 from June 2004 through early April 2005.

Assembled in: Portland, Maine

Manufactured in: Norway (cast iron components)

Remedy: Consumers should stop using their LP fueled stoves immediately, shut off the gas supply and contact their Jøtul dealers to make arrangements for a free repair. Consumers with recalled units are being personally contacted by dealers who sold the products. Consumers who think that they have recalled units and who have not yet been contacted, should call their dealer for information.

Consumer Contact: For assistance in turning off the gas and arranging for a free repair, consumers should contact their dealer from whom they purchased the stove or their local liquid propane (LP) gas provider. For additional information, consumers also can contact Jøtul toll-free at (877) 451-1048 extension 108 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log onto the Jøtul Web site at www.jotulflame.com


GF 100 DV II Nordic QT

GF 200 DV II Lillehammer

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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