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"Recall Alerts"

06-19-2012

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Ceiling Mounted Light Fixtures Recalled by Thomas Lighting Due to Fire and Shock Hazards
  2. Bel Air Lighting Recalls Outdoor Wall Mount Lanterns Due to Fire, Burn and Shock Hazards
  3. Air Movers Recalled by EDIC Due to Fire Hazard


(1) CEILING MOUNTED LIGHT FIXTURES RECALLED BY THOMAS LIGHTING DUE TO FIRE AND SHOCK 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Thomas Lighting ceiling flush mount light fixtures

Units: About 83,750

Manufacturer: Thomas Lighting, of Elgin, Ill; part of Philips Consumer Luminaires Corporation, of Elgin, Ill.

Hazard: The fixture's socket wire insulation can degrade, leading to charged wires becoming exposed, causing electricity to pass to the metal canopy of the fixture. This poses a fire and electric shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Thomas Lighting has received 11 reports of defective fixtures which resulted in the home's Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) tripping. No injuries have been reported to the firm.

Description: This recall involves 28 different models of ceiling flush-mounted light fixtures manufactured between June 1, 2010 through November 25, 2010 with a diameter ranging from 7.5" to 13". All affected fixtures have a round base or canopy affixed to the ceiling and a dome- or cylindrical-shaped cover. The recalled fixtures have a variety of finishes including metal and/or clear or frosted glass and contain one, two or three light bulbs. Canopies are a range of colors including white, bronze, brass (gold) and nickel. Most models have a nib in the center of the dome cover in the same color as the canopy. Although the manufacturer's name, the fixture model number and production date can be found on a printed label on the ceiling-side of the fixture's metal canopy, consumers are advised not to remove the metal canopy from the ceiling in order to access this label.

Sold at: Electrical distributors and lighting wholesalers nationwide from July 2010 through July 2011 for between $19 and $50 as Thomas Lighting products.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the light fixture, avoid direct contact with the fixture and contact Thomas Lighting to arrange for a free in-home repair of the fixtures by a qualified electrician.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Thomas Lighting at (800) 764-0756 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.thomaslighting.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12197.html

Representative photos of the main affected products:



Model number SL326-8







Model number SL8691-78 (11" 1-light),
or SL8692-78 (13" 2-light),
or SL8693-78 (15-1/2" 3-light)



(2) BEL AIR LIGHTING RECALLS OUTDOOR WALL MOUNT LANTERNS DUE TO FIRE, BURN AND SHOCK 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Outdoor wall mount lanterns

Units: About 99,700

Importer: Bel Air Lighting Inc., of Valencia, Calif.

Manufacturers: Zhongshan De Gao Lighting Co. Ltd. and Zhongshan Huayi Lighting Co. Ltd., of Guangdong, China

Hazard: An electrical short circuit can occur in the lanterns' internal wiring, posing a risk of fire, burn and electric shock to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received seven reports of incidents, including two reports of lanterns catching fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves outdoor wall-mount lanterns made of cast aluminum in a rust color with beveled glass. A question mark shaped piece of metal connects the lantern body to the wall-mount plate. The lanterns were sold at Lowe's stores under the Portfolio brand name with item number 253366 and at lighting showrooms with item number 44181. The brand name and item number are printed on the product's packaging. Lanterns included in the recall are 19.25-inches tall by 9.75-inches wide by 9.25-inches deep and have a three-light candelabra base cluster inside. Part number "E194303" is printed on the base plate and on a label affixed to one of the light sockets.

Sold at: Lowe's stores and in lighting showrooms nationwide and at Lowes.com from June 2006 through May 2012 for about $48.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the lanterns and contact Bel Air Lighting for a free replacement lantern.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bel Air Lighting at (888) 770-7018 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.regcen.com/belairlighting

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12198.html



Picture of recalled outdoor lantern



(3) AIR MOVERS RECALLED BY EDIC 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Air movers/blowers

Units: About 53,000

Manufacturer: EDIC, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hazard: The air mover/blower's internal electrical capacitor can fail and overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: EDIC is aware of four incidents involving fires that resulted in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves air movers/blowers that are used to dry floors in homes and other buildings. "Aqua Dri" is printed on the top of some of the air movers. Model "3004AD" or model "3004ADxxx" (with additional letters) is printed on the serial number plate on the back of the units. Model numbers with "N" are not included in this recall. The air movers' plastic housing measures about 18 inches high by 18 inches long by 18 inches deep and has a 25-foot yellow electrical cord.

Sold to: Flood remediation contractors and other service professionals nationwide from January 2003 through September 2011 for between $160 and $285.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Users should immediately stop using the recalled air movers/blowers and contact EDIC for a free repair kit to be installed by users.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (888) 289-8720 between 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, by fax at (323) 667-0144, by email at recall@edic-usa.com or visit the firm's website at www.EDIC-USA.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12199.html



Picture of recalled air mover/blower


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.

Please direct comments, suggestions, stories, and other items to the author by e-mail at palynch@cozen.com

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