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"Recall Alerts"

06-24-2005

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, Midwest Cannon Falls Announce Recall of Votive Candles
  2. CPSC, Battery-Biz Announce Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries
  3. CPSC, American Promotional Events Inc. Announce Recall of Fireworks


(1) CPSC, MIDWEST CANNON FALLS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF VOTIVE CANDLES

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: Serenity Votive Candles.

Units: About 10,000.

Importer: Midwest Cannon Falls, of Cannon Falls, Minn.

Hazard: The candles’ wax can catch fire, causing a high flame. This can cause nearby combustibles to catch fire and result in burns to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Midwest has received one report of the candle wax catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled candles consist of a glass votive cup surrounded by a silver holder with a standing angel figure attached. Each holder contains an engraved quotation. The angel stands about 3 inches tall. Each candle has a proverb engraved into the metal holder.

Sold At: Gift stores nationwide from June 2004 to May 2005 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should return these candles to the place of purchase to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Midwest at (800) 776-2075 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or go the company’s Web site at http://www.midwestofcannonfalls.com


(2) CPSC, BATTERY-BIZ ANNOUNCE RECALL OF NOTEBOOK COMPUTER BATTERIES

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: Hi-Capacity® rechargeable notebook computer batteries

Units: About 10,000

Importer: Battery-Biz® Inc., of Newbury Park, Calif.

Hazard: An internal short can cause the battery cells to overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Battery-Biz® has received six reports of batteries overheating and melting.

Description: The recalled lithium ion, Hi-Capacity® brand rechargeable batteries are used with various well-known, brand-name notebook computers. The recalled batteries include those with part numbers B-5301, B-5333, B-5340, B-5341, B-5342, B-5344, B-5345, B-5346, B5461, B-5615, B-5896 or B-5942/LI; the lot numbers 10098, 10198 or 10230; and the date codes listed below. The part number, lot number and date code can be found on the main label, in one of the following combinations:
Reorder Part Number5 Digit Lot Code3 Digit Date Code
B-5301 10198 04O
B-5333 10098 07N, 08N, 09N, 10N, 11N, 12N, 01O, 02O, 03O, 04O
10198 07N, 08N, 09N, 10N, 11N
B-5340 10198 07N, 08N, 09N, 10N, 11N, 12N, 01O
B-5341 10198 04O
B-5342 10098 01O, 02O, 03O, 04O
B-5344 10198 11N, 12N, 01O, 02O
B-5345 10198 08N, 09N, 03O
B-5346 10098 01O, 02O, 03O, 04O
B-5346 10098 01O, 02O, 03O, 04O
10198 08N, 09N, 10N
B-5461 10230 01N, 02N, 03N, 04N, 05N, 06N, 07N, 08N, 09N, 10N, 11N, 12N
B-5615 10198 10N, 11N, 12N, 01O, 02O
B-5896 10198 02O
B-5933 10230 01N, 02N, 03N, 04N, 05N, 06N, 07N, 08N, 09N
B-5942/LI 10198 03O, 040, 05O

Sold At: Various national and regional resellers, retail stores and online stores from January 2004 through May 2005 for between $70 and $199.

Manufactured and Assembled in: China, Korea and Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Battery-Biz® to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge. After removing the recalled battery for their notebook computer, consumers can continue to use it with the AC power adapter until a replacement battery arrives.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Battery-Biz® at (800) 780-6552 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or log on to the Hi-Capacity Web site at www.hi-capacity.com/exchange to check the battery’s serial number and apply for a replacement unit.


(3) CPSC, AMERICAN PROMOTIONAL EVENTS INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF FIREWORKS

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: Bat Out of Hell and Powder House fireworks

Units: About 9,000 units

Importer: American Promotional Events Inc., of Florence, Ala.

Hazard: These fireworks devices could unexpectedly tip over during use, posing a serious injury hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The recall involves Bat Out of Hell fireworks with model number CP1129 and Powder House fireworks with model number CP1130. The model number is printed on all four sides of the device above the warning label. These are 1.4g consumer fireworks devices that consist of 16 multiple shots in the shape of a square cube. The name of the product is printed on the packaging, along with the word "TNT."

Sold At: Fireworks retailers, including display stands and tents in states permitting the sale of consumer fireworks, from May 2005 through June 2005 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Return the recalled fireworks to the store where purchased for a full refund or contact American Promotional Events for instructions.

Consumer Contact: American Promotional Events at (800) 243-1189 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.TNTFireworks.com

Firm's Media Contact: Dennis Revell, (916) 443-3816


CP1129

CP1130

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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