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"Recall Alerts"

07-01-2005

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, Target Corp. Announce Recall of Birch/Bark Candles
  2. CPSC, LG Electronics and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Announce Recall to Repair Refrigerators


(1) CPSC, TARGET CORP. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF BIRCH/BARK 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: Birch and Bark Candles

Units: About 230,000

Manufacturer: Target Corp., Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The birch and bark surrounding the candles can ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 18 reports of the birch and bark candles catching fire and five reports of property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled candles were sold individually wrapped in a ribbon on a plate. The candles are cream in color and were sold in sizes 3-by-3 inches, 3-by-6 inches, 4-by-6 inches and 6-by-6 inches.

Sold at: Target stores nationwide from September 2004 through January 2005 between $6 and $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should return the candles to the nearest Target store to receive a gift card from Target in the amount of $15, plus applicable state taxes.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.target.com









(2) CPSC, LG ELECTRONICS AND SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPAIR REFRIGERATORS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary retrofit of the following consumer product. Consumers should contact the manufacturer or retailer for further instruction.

Name of Product: LG and Kenmore Elite® Trio™ Three-Door Refrigerators.

Units: About 20,000

Manufacturer: LG Electronics Inc., of Lincolnshire, Ill.

Distributor: Sears, Roebuck and Co., of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Problem: A faulty component in the condenser fan motor can short circuit. This could cause the condenser fan motor to overheat, posing a potential fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: LG Electronics has received 82 reports of incidents involving a condenser fan motor failure due to a failed capacitor arcing and smoking. There has been smoke damage in a few incidents. There have been no injuries.

Description: The recalled refrigerators are three-door, 21 to 25 cubic foot units with a bottom freezer. The refrigerators come in titanium, stainless steel, bisque, white or black. Brand names are identified on the door at the top right of the units and the interior data plate. The units have the following model and serial numbers located on the data plate inside the fresh food section of the refrigerator door:

Brand Product Model Number Serial Number Range
Kenmore Elite® Trio™ Trio bottom freezer refrigerator with external filtered water dispenser 21Cu.Ft.
795.7519240*
795.7519340*
795.7519440*
795.7519640*
795.7519940*
25Cu.Ft.
795.7554640*
795.7554940*
795.7555240*
795.7555340*
795.7555440*
25Cu.Ft.
795.7555640*
795.7555940*
795.7554240*
795.7554340*
795.7554440*
405KRxxxxx through 410KRxxxxx
LG Three-door bottom freezer refrigerator without water dispenser
LRFC21755TT
LRFC21755SB
LRFC21755ST
LRFC25750WW
LRFC25750SW
LRFC25750SB
LRFC25750TT
LRFC25750ST
405KRxxxxxxx through 410KRxxxxxxx

*Not all refrigerators within the serial number range are included in the recall. Consumers should call LG or Sears to determine whether their refrigerator is included in the recall.

Sold at: Sears stores nationwide sold the Kenmore brand exclusively and other major retailers nationwide sold the LG brand refrigerators from May 2004 through May 2005 for between $1,400 and $2,400.

Manufactured in: South Korea

Remedy: Consumers should contact Sears or LG to arrange for a free in-home repair.

Consumer Contact: Call LG toll-free at (888) 294-5782 or Sears at (800) 659-7026 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday. Consumers also can log on to http://us.lge.com or www.sears.com for further information on those models included in the repair program and to arrange for an in-home appointment.

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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