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CPSC, Target Corp. Announce Recall of Birch/Bark Candles
CPSC, LG Electronics and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Announce Recall to Repair Refrigerators
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
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:
||Serial Number Range|
|Kenmore Elite® Trio™
||Trio bottom freezer refrigerator with external filtered water dispenser
|405KRxxxxx through 410KRxxxxx|
||Three-door bottom freezer refrigerator without water dispenser
*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.
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