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"Recall Alerts"

07-07-2003

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 Perfect Fit Industries Announce Recall of Electric Blankets
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Franzus Company, LLC Announce Recall of International Adapter Plugs
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and GSW Industries, Inc. Announces Recall of GSW Water Heaters with S.I.T. Temperature Controls


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND PERFECT FIT INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCE RECALL OF ELECTRIC BLANKETS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Perfect Fit Industries of Charlotte, North Carolina announce recall of electric blankets.

Name of product: SOIREEŽ and Soft n' WarmŽ Electric Blankets

Hazard: These blankets can overheat, posing a risk of burn injuries to consumers, especially when the blanket is folded or bunched.

Description: The recalled electric blankets are the SOIREEŽ (only those sold at Belk stores) and Soft n' WarmŽ (only sold at K-mart), both of which were sold in king, queen, full and twin sizes. At Belk, the electric blankets were sold only in ivory color and at K-mart they were sold in ivory, light blue and hunter green colors. The model name appears on the packaging, but not on the blanket. Both models have a UL warning label and a permanent label that reads "Perfect Fit" and "Shell Made in China. Wired and Closed in U.S.A." The Soft n' WarmŽ model has a date code ranging from 02228 through 02305 printed on a warning label on the foot of the blanket.

Remedy: Firm is providing a free replacement blanket, but consumers should unplug the recalled units immediately.

Consumer Contact: Call the company at (877) 882-9478 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday The CPSC release number is 03-152. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03152.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND FRANZUS COMPANY, LLC ANNOUNCE RECALL OF INTERNATIONAL ADAPTER PLUGS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Franzus Company, LLC of Beacon Falls, Connecticut announces recall of international adapter plugs.

Hazard: The adapter plug can separate, exposing live electrical conductors, posing an electrocution and shock hazard to consumers.

Description: The black or white plastic adapter plugs have names of specific countries or regions where the plugs are intended for use written on the side. The writing includes "NORTHERN EUROPE," "GREAT BRITAIN," "NO. AMERICA," "AUSTRALIA," and "SO. EUROPE." Except for the names of these countries and regions, the recalled plugs have no other writing on them. Plugs with "MADE IN USA" printed between the prongs, or that have a screw between the prongs, are not included in the recall.

Remedy: Free replacement adapter plugs.

Consumer Contact: Contact the Franzus Co. at (800) 706-7063 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday, or by email at service@franzus.com.

The CPSC release number is 03-154. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03154.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND GSW INDUSTRIES, INC. ANNOUNCES RECALL OF GSW WATER HEATERS WITH S.I.T. TEMPERATURE CONTROLS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and GSW Industries, Inc. of Fergus, Ontario, Canada announces recall of GSW Water Heaters with S.I.T. temperature controls.

Distributor: S.I.T. Manufacturing N.A.S.A. de C.V., of Mexico; GSW Industries, Inc., of Canada.

Hazard: A potential burn hazard from ignition flashback or an increase in tank water temperature.

Description: This recall involves GSW water heaters with S.I.T. model 650 AC4 gas/temperature controls. The temperature control knobs on GSW propane water heaters are red and the control knobs on GSW natural gas water heaters are blue. The controls can be found on GSW Water Heaters with serial numbers ranging from 0202694162 to 0304507825.

Sold at: Regional appliance distributors from February 2002 through April 2003 for between $150 and $550.

Remedy: When installing a GSW water heater with a SIT AC4 gas control valve in the identified group, or re-lighting the pilot light, the following instructions must be complied with:

1. Make sure that the water heater contains cool water prior to lighting the pilot by opening a hot water faucet near your water heater and allowing the water to run for five minutes. Close the faucet.

2. Turn the gas/temperature control knob clockwise to the maximum (VERY HOT) setting, and then slowly turn the knob back counterclockwise to the PILOT position, indicated by the yellow button. Listen for the main valve to close- this would be a popping or snapping sound. This sound is different from the clicking sound that the knob makes as you turn it.

3. If you hear the popping sound then the valve is working properly. You should then read and follow the "Installation and Operating Instructions." If you do not hear the popping sound then do not attempt to light the pilot and replace the valve.

4. If the unit has been stored or is being installed in a cold environment and the main valve does not close before the knob is turned back to the PILOT position, the gas control valve must be warmed up to a temperature above 32 degrees F or 0 degrees C. Once warmed up, repeat the procedure above. If the gas control valve does not close (popping sound), replace the valve. If the water is too hot or if the temperature and pressure valve opens, turn down the temperature using the temperature control. If the water remains too hot or the temperature and pressure relief valve continues to open, then replace the valve.

Consumer Contact: Call GSW toll-free at (800) 263-3502 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.gsw-wh.com - Consumers can also contact S.I.T. Controls USA Inc. at (704) 369-2810 between 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday. Media Contact: Steve Ilott for GSW at (519) 787-5505 or Jim Kupsh for S.I.T. at (704) 369-2807.

The CPSC release number is 03-156. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03156.html

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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