interFIRE Home interFIRE Home interFIRE VR Support Training Calendar Training Center Resource Center Message Board Insurance Info

"Recall Alerts"

06-27-2008

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Westminster Inc. Recalls Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Due to Risk of Fire
  2. A. O. Smith Recalls Water Pump Motors Due to Fire Hazard
  3. Dollar Tree Recalls Glue Guns Due to Fire Hazard


(1) WESTMINSTER INC. RECALLS REMOTE-CONTROLLED HELICOPTER TOYS DUE TO RISK OF FIRE

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: “Thunder Wolf” Remote Controlled Indoor Helicopters

Units: About 102,000

Importer/Distributor: Westminster Inc., of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: The rechargeable battery inside the helicopter can overheat. This can result in the helicopter’s body melting, as well as a risk of fire or burns to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Westminster Inc. has received seven reports of overheating and/or melting of the helicopter, including one report of flames and two reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The “Thunder Wolf” remote-controlled indoor helicopter is made of foam and plastic, and measures about 7 inches by 3 inches. “TW0996” is printed on the tail of the helicopter and was sold in multiple accent colors. The helicopter comes with a controller and a separate charger. Only helicopters that do not have “Made in China” stamped on the underside of the helicopter are subject to the recall.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from June 2007 through December 2007 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop playing with the recalled helicopters and contact Westminster Inc. for a refund. Retailers will not accept returns or provide a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Westminster Inc. at (800) 618-0023 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET Friday; visit the company’s Web site at www.thunderwolfhelicopter.com; or send an e-mail to info@thunderwolfhelicopter.com




(2) A. O. SMITH RECALLS WATER PUMP MOTORS 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: Water Pump Motors

Units: About 6,750

Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Electrical Products Co., of Tipp City, Ohio

Hazard: The water pumps with the recalled motors are labeled as containing a one-horsepower motor, but actually contain a 3/4-horsepower motor. Under certain conditions, the smaller motor could overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves motors included with lawn sprinkler pumps and jet pumps manufactured by F. E. Myers Co. The recall also includes replacement pump motors that were sold separately.

Model NumberProduct Description
QP10Lawn Sprinkler Pump
QP10BLawn Sprinkler Pump with Brass Impeller
HJ100SShallow Well Jet Pump
HJ100S-1Shallow Well Jet Pump with Brass Impeller
HJ100DDeep Well Jet Pump
HJ100D-LRDeep Well Jet Pump Less Regulator
HJ100D-1Deep Well Jet Pump with Brass Impeller
20935A000KIndividually Sold Replacement Motor

Only pumps manufactured between August 2007 and May 2008 are included in the recall. The pump’s model number, manufacturing date code and the name “Myers” can be located on the pump’s nameplate and packaging. The pump’s motor has “A. O. Smith” and model number “C48D52B86” on the motor’s nameplate. The replacement motor’s packaging has “Myers” and model number “20935A000K” printed on it. Products with an “OK” sticker on the product or packaging are not included in the recall.

Sold at: Plumbing wholesalers and distributors nationwide to independent contractors and plumbers between August 2007 and May 2008. The water pumps sold for between $500 and $750 depending on the model, and the replacement motor sold for between $300 and $400.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled units immediately and contact A. O. Smith to arrange for a free replacement of any pumps with affected motors or any affected replacement motors.

Consumer Contact: For further information, contact A. O. Smith at (800) 280-8626 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.regcen.com/pumprecall



Water Pumps



Replacement Motors




(3) DOLLAR TREE RECALLS GLUE GUNS 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: Crafters Square Hot Melt Mini Glue Guns

Units: About 470,000

Retailer: Dollar Tree, Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.

Importer: Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.

Hazard: The recalled glue guns can short circuit, causing the gun to smoke. This poses a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Dollar Tree is aware of four incidents in which these glue guns short circuited. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the “Crafters Square Hot Melt Mini Glue Gun” with product number “939701”. The gun dispenses hot glue and is intended for craft projects. The glue gun is black with an orange trigger and measures approximately 4 1/2 inches from the back of the gun to the tip. It has a 44-inch electrical cord attached. “Crafters Square” and “939701” are located on the guns’ packaging. “DS-010 Glue Gun” is written in raised letters on the handle of the gun.

Sold at: Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks, Only One $1, and Deal$ stores nationwide from December 2007 through March 2008 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glue guns and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.dollartree.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.

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

Home | interFIRE VR Support | Training Calendar | Training Center | Resource Center | Message Board | Insurance Info
Sponsorship Opportunities
Web Site Designed for 800 x 600 by Stonehouse Media Incorporated® Copyright © 2014 All Rights Reserved.