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"Recall Alerts"

06-23-2003

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 Homier Distributing Co. Announce Recall of Extension Cords, Portable Lights and Fluorescent Work Lights
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2003 Victory
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2003 Chevrolet ExpressNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2003 Chevrolet Express


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND HOMIER DISTRIBUTING CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF EXTENSION CORDS, PORTABLE LIGHTS AND FLUORESCENT WORK LIGHTS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Homier Distributing Co. Inc. of Huntington, Indiana announces the recall of Extension Cords, Portable Lights and Fluorescent Work Lights.

Hazard: Undersized wiring, are not properly polarized, and do not have over current protection, which causes overheating, posing a shock and fire hazard to consumers.












Products Hazard Description
HDC Brand 50-ft. Outdoor Extension Cord (Catalog #04247)

HDC Brand 100-ft. Outdoor Extension Cord (Catalog #04521)

Undersized wiring, are not properly polarized, and do not have over current protection, which causes overheating, posing a shock and fire hazard to consumers. The cords are orange and have a three-prong plug. There is no labeling on the cord but the packaging reads, “HDC HOMIER DISTRIBUTING … 04247 50 FT. HEAVY DUTY EXTENSION CORD WITH 3-WIRE GROUNDED … MANUFACTURED IN CHINA.”

The cords also are orange and have a three-prong plug. The characters “65 C 16AWGX3C” are printed on the cord. The packaging reads, “HDC HOMIER DISTRIBUTING…04521 100 FT. OUTDOOR EXTENSION CORD…MANUFACTURED IN CHINA”

HDC Brand Handyman's Trouble Lights (Catalog #04299)

HDC Brand Trouble Light with 25' Cord (Catalog #04109)

Undersized wiring, are not properly polarized, have inadequate grounding, faulty electrical connections, and plastic handles that once ignited continue to burn and spread flames, posing a shock, electrocution and fire hazard to consumers. The lights have a silver metal shroud, an orange plastic handle with a three-prong receptacle for an extension cord, and a 12-ft. orange cord. The metal shroud has the following labeling stamped into it, “CAUTION AVOID HAZARD – PULL PLUG WHEN RELAMPING - USE ONLY 75 WATT OR SMALLER BULB.”

The lights have a silver metal shroud, an orange plastic handle with a three-prong receptacle for an extension cord, and a 25-ft. orange cord with a three-prong plug. The metal shroud has the same words stamped into it as the 12-ft. model. The cords were manufactured in China.

HDC Brand 16-inch AC/DC Fluorescent Work Light (Catalog #04070) Lack proper grounding, have exposed live wires, faulty electrical connections, and have sharp metal edges that can damage the insulation of electrical wires, posing a shock or electrocution hazard to consumers. The work lights have a 16-inch fluorescent light bulb with a silver metal shield on one side and can be plugged into a household outlet or the cigarette lighter in a car. The metal shield is labeled in part, “3 PINS PLUG TO AC, 110V-120V CIGARETTE PLUG TO DC, 12V … MADE IN CHINA…WARNING: To Prevent Fire or Shock Do Not Expose This Appliance to Rain or Moisture. The entire light is about 20 inches long and the bulb and shield are encased in a plastic tube with yellow end caps.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the products immediately and mail them to Homier Distributing Co., Customer Service Center, 100 Commerce Drive, Huntington, IN 46750 for a full refund, including the cost of shipping. Consumer Contact: (800) 348-5004 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday or e-mail Homier at customerservice@homier.com

The CPSC release number is 03-145. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03145.html


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2003 VICTORY

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalls 2003 Victory, Model Vegas.

Hazard: On certain motorcycles with California engine calibration, the fuel tank vent line could be plugged causing potential expulsion of fuel when the fuel cap is opened. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will test the vent lines on the vehicles involved. Fuel tanks with plugged vent lines will be replaced. Owner notification is expected to begin during July 2003. Owners should contact Victory at (763) 417-8650.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V228000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2003 CHEVROLET EXPRESSNATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2003 CHEVROLET EXPRESS

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalls 2003 Chevrolet Express, GMC Model: Savana 2003.

Hazard: Exterior Lighting. Some vans permit water to enter corroding the rear license plate lamp socket. If the lamp socket corrodes, the rear license plate lamp may operate intermittently or not at all, and the rear tail lamp may become inoperative. The temperature of the license plate lamp socket could increase to the point that it may begin to soften and melt.

If the socket assembly were to reach the point of melting, the occupants of the vehicle may notice an odor and smoke at the rear doors of the vehicle. If this odor and smoke were ignored, the plastic could ignite and a fire could occur.

Remedy: Dealers will install a new sealed rear license plate lamp socket assembly. Owner notification is expected to begin during July 2003. Owners should contact Chevrolet at (800) 222-1020 or GMC at (800) 462-8782.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V217000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm

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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