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"Recall Alerts"

06-28-2012

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Watkins Manufacturing and Therm Products Recall Spas Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Exhaust Fans Sold at Lowe's Stores Recalled Due to Fire Hazard; Made by Delta Electronics Dongguan


(1) WATKINS MANUFACTURING AND THERM PRODUCTS RECALL SPAS 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs

Units: About 5,600

Spa Manufacturer: Watkins Manufacturing Corp., dba Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs, of Vista, Calif.

Heater Manufacturer: Therm Products, a division of Caldesso LLC, of San Bernardino, Calif.

Hazard: A loose internal electrical connection of the spa heaters can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Watkins Manufacturing has received 31 reports of heaters on these spas overheating, five of which resulted in a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall includes the following 11 models of Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs brand spas installed with Therm Products No-Fault Water Heaters: Aria, Envoy, Flair, Glow, Grandee, Jetsetter, Prodigy, Pulse, Sovereign, Vanguard and Vista. The recalled spas were manufactured from March 2011 to December 2011 and were installed since October 2011. The date is represented by 2N, 3N, or 4N in the spa’s seven to 10 alpha-numeric serial code. For example, xxx2N#### or xxx4N####, where "xxx" represents a series of letters one to three characters long, and "####" is a four-digit numerical sequence. The model name and serial code are printed on a label within the spa’s equipment compartment, located behind a removable panel on the side of the spa.

Sold at: Independent spa dealers nationwide from March 2011 to March 2012 for between $6,000 and $12,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled spas and shut off power to the spa unit, following instructions provided in the owner's manual or by the Watkins-Therm Products Response Hotline. Consumers should contact the Watkins-Therm Products Response Hotline or their Watkins Manufacturing spa dealer for a free replacement heater and installation by a service technician. Watkins Manufacturing spa dealers are also contacting all affected owners to schedule the free installation of a replacement heater.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact the Watkins-Therm Products Response Hotline at (855) 226-1314 anytime, or visit the Therm Products’ website at www.thermproducts.com or the Watkins Manufacturing website at www.hotspring.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12211.html



Picture showing location of spa model name and serial code label
Spa model name and serial code label


Picture of recalled spa


Picture of Therm Products No-Fault Water Heater
Therm Products No-Fault Water Heater


(2) EXHAUST FANS SOLD AT LOWE'S STORES RECALLED DUE TO FIRE HAZARD; MADE BY DELTA ELECTRONICS DONGGUAN

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Harbor Breeze Bath Fans with Heater and Light

Units: About 68,000

Importer: Homewerks Worldwide LLC, Lincolnshire, Ill.

Manufacturer: Delta Electronics (Dongguan) Co. Ltd., of China

Hazard: The fan's heater blades can fail to rotate properly, causing the fan to overheat and posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 11 reports of the fan overheating with smoking or flames within the fan housing, including three reports of minor property damage.

Description: This recall involves plastic Harbor Breeze bathroom fans with a center light and a heater. The fans are white and measure about 11 x 17 inches. Model number 7109-01-L, Lowe's item number 194492 and UPC code 820633985358 are printed on the fan's packaging. A date code beginning with either 0, 11, 12 or 13 is printed on the fan's housing, which indicates the fan was manufactured between August 2010 and March 2011.

Sold exclusively at: Lowe's stores nationwide and at www.lowes.com from September 2010 through March 2012 for about $90.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled bathroom exhaust fans immediately and contact Delta Electronics Dongguan to schedule a free repair by a trained service technician.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Delta Electronics Dongguan toll-free at (855) 301-6578 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.heaterfanrecall.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12212.html



Picture of Recalled Bath Fan


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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