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"Recall Alerts"

06-26-2009

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Campbell Hausfeld Recalls Air Compressors Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Wal-Mart
  2. Wagner Spray Tech Recalls Heat Guns Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
  3. SmartSpark Energy Systems Recalls Battery Equalizers Due to Fire Hazard
  4. Big Muddy Motor Sports Recalls Generators Due to Fire Hazard


(1) CAMPBELL HAUSFELD RECALLS AIR COMPRESSORS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD; SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT WAL-MART

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: Campbell Hausfeld Air Compressors

Units: About 16,000

Importer: Campbell Hausfeld, of Harrison, Ohio

Hazard: The compressorís thermal overload, which shuts the unit off when it overheats, can fail. This can lead to overheating, melting of parts and a risk of fire.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves the Campbell Hausfeld model HU200099AV air compressor with a 20-gallon tank. The recall includes date codes ranging from January 2009 through June 2009. The model number and date code can be located on the back of the tank.

Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2009 through June 2009 for about $250.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled air compressor and return it to any Wal-Mart for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Campbell Hausfeld at (800) 241-0448 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.chpower.com


(2) WAGNER SPRAY TECH RECALLS HEAT GUNS DUE TO FIRE AND BURN 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.

Name of Product: Heat Guns

Units: About 300,000

Manufacturer: Wagner Spray Tech Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: An electrical component failure inside the heat guns can cause them to continue to produce heat after the power switch is turned off. This can melt the heat gunís plastic exterior, causing a burn if the heat gun is touched and ignite nearby combustibles, posing fire and burn hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received nine reports of the heat guns overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled heat guns emit hot air and are used for paint and flooring removal, defrosting freezers and water lines, bending plastic, hobbies, etc. Recalled models include the Milwaukee Heat Gun MHT3300, ACE HT3500 Heat Gun, and the Wagner Heat Gun HT3500. The heat gunís name and model number are located on a black label on the bottom of the heat gunís barrel. The heat guns are black or yellow plastic and measure about 10 inches long, 8 inches high and 3 inches wide.

Sold at: Major and independent hardware and home improvement stores nationwide from November 2004 through April 2009 for about $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heat guns and contact Wagner for a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wagner toll-free at (888) 925-6244 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firmís Web site at www.wagnerspraytech.com



(3) SMARTSPARK ENERGY SYSTEMS RECALLS BATTERY EQUALIZERS 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.

Name of Product: BattEQ Battery Equalizers

Units: About 800

Manufacturer: SmartSpark Energy Systems Inc., of Champaign, Ill.

Hazard: The recalled equalizers can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of an equalizer that overheated which resulted in fire that caused damage to the equalizer and batteries. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled battery equalizers are charge balancing devices designed to increase the performance and longevity of rechargeable batteries.

Sold at: Authorized distributors and retailers from July 2006 through March 2009 for about $300.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled battery equalizers and contact SmartSpark for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact SmartSpark at (800) 905-6137 anytime Monday through Friday or visit the firmís Web site at www.batteq.com


(4) BIG MUDDY MOTOR SPORTS RECALLS GENERATORS 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.

Name of Product: PowerPlus Generators

Units: About 450

Importer: Big Muddy Sports, of Perryville, Mo.

Hazard: The 220-volt receptacle can fail to produce power correctly and cause power surges that can damage appliances. This poses a risk of fire and possible injury to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received five reports of power surges resulting in damage to appliances. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled PowerPlus Generators are red with a black frame. The model number (BM7200 Power+) is printed on the side of the unit. Recalled units have a date of manufacture of 02/2009 labeled on the fuel tank.

Sold at: Buchheit retail stores in Illinois and Missouri during May 2009 for about $700.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Customers should immediately stop using the recalled generator and return it to any Buchheit store for an exchange or full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Big Muddy Motor Sports at (800) 678-3607 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firmís Web site at www.buchheitonline.com or www.bigmuddymotorsports.com

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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