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"Recall Alerts"

06-24-2002

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 Island Soap & Candle Works Announce Recall of Candles
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Specialty Sales Co., Inc. Announce Recall of Cigarette Lighters
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Luxo Corp. Announce Recall of Portable Fluorescent Lamps


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND ISLAND SOAP & CANDLE WORKS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CANDLES

ISLAND SOAP & CANDLE Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Island Soap & Candle Works of Honolulu, Hawaii, is voluntarily recalling about 29,000 candles. Pieces of the candles' wick can fall off while burning and the wick can re-ignite after extinguishing, posing a burn and fire hazard.

The recalled candles have a single wick surrounded by wax in a brown coconut shell. They were sold in about 20 different scents and ranged in sizes from "Mini" to "Large." The coconut shell has a label on the bottom that reads "Island Soap & ISLAND SOAP & CANDLE 2Candle Works...Hand made in Hawaii...Do not l eave a burning candle unattended." Some of the candles have moon and star cutouts around the upper rim of the coconut shell. Island Soap & Candle Works exclusively sold these candles in Oahu, Maui, and Kauai, Hawaii and Monterey, California from April 2000 through April 8, 2002 for between $8 and $15. Consumers should stop using the candles immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. The candles also can be mailed to the firm at 900 Fort Street Mall, Suite #1220, Honolulu, HI 96813 to receive a refund.

For more information, contact Island Soap & Candle Works at (877) 535-5566 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time and 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, release number 02-173, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02173.html.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND SPECIALTY SALES CO., INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CIGARETTE LIGHTERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Specialty Sales Co. Inc., of Castro Valley, California announce recall of about 6,000 novelty cigarette lighters. These lighters do not have child-resistant mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young children could ignite the lighters, posing fire and burn hazards.

CIGARETTE LIGHTERS This recall involves two types of lighters. The first type is a refillable, liquid-fueled lighter with various decals depicting one of the following: a frog with a banjo sitting on a lily, a man in the moon, Tweety Bird, a unicorn, and a skull and crossbones. "Made in China" is written on a label on these lighters. The second type of lighter is a refillable, gas-fueled, piezo-electric lighter with a dolphin molded on the side. The dolphin's head serves as a hinged cover for the ignition button and flame port. There is no writing on these lighters.

Convenience and liquor stores and gas station food markets in northern California sold these lighters from March 1999 through April 2002 for about $4. Call Specialty Sales Co. Inc. collect at (510) 581-3869 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 02-177, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02177.html.


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND LUXO CORP. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF PORTABLE FLUORESCENT LAMPS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Luxo Corp., of Port Chester, New York, is voluntarily recalling about 18,300 portable fluorescent lamps. The ballast (the electrical part located in the arm of the lamp) in these lamps can overheat, short-circuit, and melt the insulating cover of the ballast causing the lamp to fail and posing a skin burn hazard to consumers.

Luxo lamp The lamps are 18-watt portable fluorescent lamps that have a black plastic housing and mount to a desk or sit on a base. Model PS355 and PS360 with serial numbers between 198076 and 244871 and between 35500001 and 36003256 are included in the recall. The PS355 model has a 34-inch swing arm and the PS360 has a 19-inch swing arm. The serial number and "MADE IN TAIWAN" can be found on a silver label located on the back of the light bulb cover. The lamps have also been sold under the names "Big Dipper" and "Little Dipper."

Office furniture distributors and dealers nationwide sold these lamps from January 2000 through February 2002 for between $155 and $170. Luxo can be reached at (800) 222-5896 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday. Consumers may also contact the firm's web site at www.luxous.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 02-172, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02172.html.

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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