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"Recall Alerts"

07-08-2002

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 Sink-Erator Announce Recall Of Instant Hot Water Dispensers
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Candle-Lite Announce Recall Of Potpourri Simmering Pots
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Mountain Safety Research Announce Recall Cans White Gasoline Stove Fuel


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND SINK-ERATOR ANNOUNCE RECALL OF INSTANT HOT WATER DISPENSERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and In-Sink-Erator, of Racine, Wisconsin, is voluntarily recalling about 252,000 half-gallon instant hot water dispensers. Water can leak from the metal holding tank, wet insulating material and cause electrical arcing and heat build-up. This poses a fire hazard.

The recalled hot water dispensers are half-gallon capacity models, made in the USA and sold under various brand names, including In-Sink-Erator, ISE, Steamin Hot, Emerson, Dayton, ACE, Kenmore and Kohler. The serial number (S/N) is printed on a specification plate attached to the metal holding tank. This recall involves instant hot water dispensers with serial numbers (some begin with two letters) 999-10 or those that fall between 1000 and 3084000.

Consumers should unplug their hot water dispensers immediately, check the serial number and contact In-Sink-Erator if their unit is part of the recall. Consumers with affected units will receive a replacement insulation shield. For more information and a complete list of brands, consumers can contact In-Sink-Erator at (800) 295-8727 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.insinkerator.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 02-189, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02189.html.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CANDLE-LITE ANNOUNCE RECALL OF POTPOURRI SIMMERING POTS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Candle-lite Announce Recall of Martha Stewart Everyday® Brand Potpourri Simmering Pots Sold at Kmart Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product SafetyCommission (CPSC), Candle-lite, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 80,000 ceramic potpourri simmering pots sold under the Martha Stewart Everyday® Brand. Flames from the tea light candles inside these potpourri pots can flare out of the side ventilation holes, possibly causing burns to consumers.

PROPANE HEATER The recalled potpourri simmering pots are six-sided, white ceramic, three-piece units measuring about 6-inches high. The base is the tea light candleholder. The potpourri pot is placed on the base to heat the potpourri and water mixture inside. The lid to the pot has six holes to allow the heated mixture's aroma to escape. A label on the bottom of the base reads, "MADE IN CHINA."

Consumers should immediately stop using the pots and call Candle-lite for information on receiving a refund. For more information, call Candle-lite at (800) 718-7151 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday, or contact the firm at their web site at www.candle-lite.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 02-185, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02185.html.


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND MOUNTAIN SAFETY RESEARCH ANNOUNCE RECALL CANS WHITE GASOLINE STOVE FUEL

ELECTRICAL PAINTINGS Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Mountain Safety Research, of Seattle, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 9,700 cans of white gasoline stove fuel. Corrosion can cause the can to leak fuel, posing a fire or injury hazard.

The recalled fuel includes MSR White Premium Blend Stove Fuel. The fuel is packaged in red metal cans. The words "MSR.White Gas" and "1 Quart/.95 Liter" are printed across the front of the can. This recall includes batch number 2003-2. The batch number is printed on the lower front of the can. The fuel cans were made in the United States.

Consumers should check their stove fuel cans for leaks immediately. If the can is leaking, consumers should move it to a location free of ignition sources, then transfer the fuel to an approved fuel container. Whether or not the can is leaking, consumers should contact Mountain Safety Research to receive a replacement fuel container. For more information, consumers can contact Mountain Safety Research at (800) 531-9531 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.msrcorp.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 02-186, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02186.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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