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"Recall Alerts"

07-02-2001

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Hallmark Creations Announce Recall of Tea Light Lamps
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Five Firms are Recalling Backpack Blowers
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 1999-2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall by Rolls Royce of Corniche, Bentley Azure and Bentley Continental T, R and SC Models
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall Affecting Grand Hall Propane Regulators


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND HALLMARK CREATIONS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF TEA LIGHT LAMPS

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hallmark Specialty Retail Marketing Group Inc., of Kansas City, MO, operating under the name Hallmark Creations, is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 metal and plastic tea light lamps. The plastic shade that covers the tea light candle can melt, posing a fire hazard.

The lamp has a clear plastic lampshade that covers a base for holding candles. A dark brown curved S-shaped support wire that is decorated with leaves supports the lampshade. The recalled lamp is about 12-inches tall and 4-inches in diameter. The labels on the bottom of the base read "Creations" and "MADE IN TAIWAN."

For more information, call Hallmark toll-free at (800) 425-5627 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Kim Dulic, (301) 504-0580 ext 183. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01180.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND FIVE FIRMS ARE RECALLING BACKPACK BLOWERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the following companies Husqvarna Forest & Garden Co., of Charlotte, North Carolina; John Deere Consumer Products Inc., of Moline, Illinois; Makita U.S.A. Inc., of La Mirada, California; Carswell Import & Marketing Associates Inc., of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Tilton Equipment Co., of Rye, New Hampshire are recalling about 50,500 backpack blowers. The fuel tanks on these blowers can leak, posing a fire hazard and risk of burn injuries to consumers.

The recalled blowers all have their brand name, model number and serial number written on the units. Consumers should check with the manufacturer to determine if their blower is part of the recall

Manufacturer Model Number

Dates Sold

Toll-Free Number

Web Site

Husqvarna Forest & Garden Co.155BT and 155BF

June 1998 through June 2001

(800) 438-7297

www.husqvarna.com

John Deere Consumer Products Inc.UT 26113, UT08093 and UT08104

January 1998 through April 2001

(800) 537-8233

www.johndeere.com

Makita U.S.A. Inc. RBL500

March 1997 through January 2001

(800) 625-4828

www.makitaope.com

Carswell Import & Marketing Associates Inc. FL500

December 1996 through June 2001

(800) 929-1948

www.carswelldist.com

Tilton Equipment Co. TB50 August 2000 through May 2001 (800) 447-1152 www.tiltonequipment.com

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-0580 ext 178. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01178.html


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 1999-2001 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting certain 1999-2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara vehicles manufactured between June 1998 and June 2000. This recall affects 59,888 vehicles.

On certain sport utility vehicles, when temperatures are below minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit), moisture can freeze in the fuel pressure regulator. Fuel system pressure could increase at the time of engine start up, causing fuel loss at the fuel pipe/fuel hose connection. Fuel loss in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

Dealers will install a redesigned intake manifold vacuum union and a new fuel pressure regulator. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934.

The NHTSA Recall Number is 01V146. The Suzuki Recall Number is X4. The NHTSA notice can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/012/v146.htm.


(4) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL BY ROLLS ROYCE OF CORNICHE, BENTLEY AZURE AND BENTLEY CONTINENTAL T, R AND SC MODELS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting certain 2000-2001 Rolls Royce Corniche, Bentley Azure and Bentley Continental T, R and SC models. The affected vehicles were manufactured between August 1999 and March 2001 and involves 408 vehicles.

Fuel vapors stored in the vehicle's evaporative emission control system could leak into a body cavity behind the rocker panel on the driver's side. If vapor is emitted and the vapor collects in the cavity, the resulting air/vapor mixture could be ignited if the central window operating mechanism is activated.

Dealers will install a plated mild steel extension pipe to the leak detection filter of the vehicle which will ensure that any vapor emanating from the evaporative emission control system is vented to the outside the vehicle.

Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Rolls Royce at (800) 777-6923.

The NHTSA Recall Number is 01V096. The Rolls Royce Recall Number is RE 01/02. The NHTSA notice can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/012/v096.htm


(5) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL AFFECTING GRAND HALL PROPANE REGULATORS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall of 66,000 regulators affecting Grand Hall Propane Regulators manufactured between January 1996 and December 1999.

Model 6000 automatic changeover regulators, which are used with propane-fueled camping trailers equipped with a propane fuel source, contain two rubber diaphragms in which the second diaphragm can tear under pressure, resulting in a propane leak. A possible fire can result in the presence of an ignition source.

Grand Hall has notified its customers to return the Model 6000 propane regulators to the store where they were purchased for a replacement regulator free of charge.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Recall Number is 01E014. The notice can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/012/e014.htm

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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