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"Recall Alerts"

07-16-2001

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 Krups Announce Recall of Coffeemakers
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Atico International USA, Inc. Announce Recall of Percolators
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kenyon International, Inc. Recall Portable Butane Stoves
  4. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kole Imports Recall Contact Adhesive
  5. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Central Sprinkler Company Recall to Replace O-Ring Fire Sprinklers


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND KRUPS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF COFFEEMAKERS

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Krups North America, of Closter, New Jersey, is voluntarily recalling about 218,000 automatic drip coffeemakers. An electrical connection in these coffeemakers can overheat and ignite the filter basket support, presenting a risk of fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Krups has received 37 reports of the coffeemakers overheating, including 12 reports of fire and smoke damage to cabinets, countertops and surrounding objects.

The automatic drip coffeemakers were sold under the Krups brand name. The 10 cup coffeemakers have a switch for selecting 1-3 cups or 4- 10 cups, and a "Stop N' Serve" feature. Only models 398 with a black or white exterior and 405 with a simulated wood-grain exterior are included in this recall. The model numbers are on the bottom of the coffeemaker.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, the release number is 01-195, (301) 504-0580 ext 1219. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01195.html.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND ATICO INTERNATIONAL USA, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF PERCOLATORS

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Atico International USA, Inc. of For Lauderdale, Florida is voluntarily recalling about 198,000 electric percolators. If the thermostat fails, the plastic housing of the percolator can overheat and melt while in use, posing a fire hazard.

Atico has received six reports of fires as a result of overheating with these percolators resulting in minor property damage to kitchen counters and cabinets.

The recall includes Atico's Kitchen Gourmet Automatic 10 Cup Percolator and Prinetti Electric 10 Cup Percolator. The white plastic percolators have gray bases. The Kitchen Gourmet Automatic 10 Cup Prinetti Electric 10 Cup Percolator is plain white with "Prinetti" written on the front.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, the release number is 01-187, (301) 504-0580 ext 1219. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01187.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND KENYON INTERNATIONAL, INC. RECALL PORTABLE BUTANE STOVES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kenyon International, Inc. of Clinton, Connecticut, is voluntarily recalling about 3,500 portable butane gas stoves. The unit's safety fuel shut-off system could fail to shut off when the fuel container is overheated. If overheated, the flame from the stove flares up, and cannot be controlled with the adjustment valve, posing a fire hazard.

The portable butane stoves are primarily marketed to the boating industry as optional equipment and are identified as being "EXPRESS" models with model number B23000 or B23001. The model number is found on the front of the stove near the adjustment valve. The metal stoves consist of a single burner unit having a removable butane fuel canister, regulator, primary nozzle and burner. The unit has an electronic ignition, and measures about 7-inches high by 10-inches wide by 12- inches long. The B2300 unit is black, and the B23001 unit is white. The portable stoves are labeled "Made in Korea" and "KENYON EXPRESS."

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, the release number is 01-198, (301) 504-0580 ext 1219. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01198.html


(4) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND KOLE IMPORTS RECALL CONTACT ADHESIVE

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kole Imports, of Carson, California, is voluntarily recalling about 90,000 packages of contact adhesive. The adhesive contains toluene, which can present a fire and poisoning hazard to consumers. The packaging of this product does not have the required cautionary labeling, as required under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.

The recalled adhesive comes in a soft metal squeeze tube about 1" x 5" with a screw top. The tube is marked, "Super Contact Adhesive," and comes in yellow, orange, blue, and white.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, the release number is 01-199, (301) 504-0580 ext 1219. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01199.html.


(5) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CENTRAL SPRINKLER COMPANY RECALL TO REPLACE O-RING FIRE SPRINKLERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Central Sprinkler Company, an affiliate of Tyco Fire Products LP, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, are announcing a voluntary replacement program. The company will provide free parts and labor to replace 35 million Central fire sprinklers with O-ring seals. The program also includes a limited number of O-ring models sold by Gem Sprinkler Company and Star Sprinkler, Inc. totaling about 167,000 sprinkler heads.

Central initiated this action because it discovered the performance of these O-ring sprinklers can degrade over time. These sprinkler heads can corrode or minerals, salts and other contaminants in water can affect the rubber O-ring seals. These factors could cause the sprinkler heads not to activate in a fire. Central is providing newer fire sprinklers that do not use O-ring seals, and is voluntarily launching this program to provide enhanced protection to its sprinkler customers. This is the third largest replacement program in CPSC history.

Central will provide free of charge replacement sprinkler heads and the labor needed to replace the sprinklers. Central will arrange for the installation by using either its own Central Field Service crews or by contracting with professional sprinkler contractors.

This replacement program includes two kinds of sprinklers, "wet" and "dry." "Wet" sprinklers are installed in piping that is filled with water. "Dry" sprinklers are used in areas that may be exposed to very cold temperatures and the exposed piping does not contain water.

TCentral manufactured 33 million "wet" sprinklers with O-rings from 1989 until 2000 that are covered by this program. Central also manufactured 2 million "dry" sprinklers with O-rings from the mid-1970's to June 2001 that are covered by this program. The program also covers 167,000 sprinklers with O-rings manufactured by Gem Sprinkler Co. and Star Sprinkler Inc. from 1995 to 2001. A listing of all the models covered under this voluntary replacement program is attached to the end of this release.

The fire sprinkler heads have the words "CENTRAL" or "STAR", the letters "CSC", the letter "G" in triangle, or a star-shaped symbol stamped on either the metal sprinkler frame or on the deflector. The model designation and date may also be stamped on the frame or deflector. The deflector is the flower, or ear-shaped metal piece at one end of the sprinkler

AFFECTED MODELS CENTRAL "WET" SPRINKLERS
(Manufactured from 1989-2000)

GB

GB4-FR

GB-R1

BB2

ELOC

ELO-GB QR

GB-J

GB4-EC

GB-RS

BB3

ESLO

LD

GB-1

GB4-QREC

GB-R

SD1

ELO SW-20

K17-231

GB-ALPHA

GB-20

ROC

SD2

ELO SW-24

Ultra K17

GB4

GB-20 QR

BB1 17/32

SD3

ESLO-20 GB

ELO-16 GB

GB-QR

GB-LO

BB2 17/32

HIP

ELO-231 GB

GB MULTI-LEVEL

GBR-2

LF

BB3 17/32

WS

ELO-GB

GB-QR MULTI-LEVEL

GB-EC

GBR

BB1

ELO-LH

ELO-231 GBQR

ELO-16 GB FR

CENTRAL "DRY" SPRINKLERS
(Manufactured from Mid-1970s-2001)

A-1

GB

GB4-EC

ELO-16 GB

H-1

GB-QR

GB4-QREC

ELO-16 GB

J

GB4

ELO-231 GB

 

K

GB4-FR

ELO-GB QR

 

GEM "WET" SPRINKLERS (Sold under Gem name from 1995-2001

F92

STAR "DRY" SPRINKLERS (Manufactured from 1996-1998

ME-1

SG

SG-QR

Q

Q-QR

 

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, the release number is 01-201, (301) 504-0580 ext 1814. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01201.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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