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"Recall Alerts"

07-24-2009

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Energizer Wallplate Nightlights Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Leather Shag Rugs Recalled by Chandra Rugs Due to Fire Hazard
  3. Fiesta Recalls to Repair Gas Grills Due to Fire, Burn Hazards


(1) ENERGIZER WALLPLATE NIGHTLIGHTS RECALLED DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

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: Energizer Light On Demand Wallplate Nightlights

Units: About 3,000

Importer: Energizer, of St. Louis, Mo.

Manufacturer: Sonco Product Co., of China

Hazard: The nightlight can overheat, especially if additional devices are plugged into its outlets, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled wall light is white, plugs into the wall, has a plug in base into which additional devices can be plugged, and has a removable/rechargeable light/flashlight. Model LODNLWP is stamped on the back of the unit. The wall light measures about 6 inches high, 5 inches wide, and 3 inches deep. No other Light on Demand products are included in this recall.

Sold at: Mass merchandisers, office supply stores, and various other retailers nationwide and on the Web from August 2008 through July 2009 for about $26.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using this recalled nightlight, unplug it, and contact Energizer for information on returning the light to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Energizer at (800) 782-2013 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.energizer.com




(2) LEATHER SHAG RUGS RECALLED BY CHANDRA RUGS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

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: Art Collection Leather Shag Rugs

Units: About 400

Importer: Chandra Rugs, of Adairsville, Ga.

Hazard: The rugs fail to meet federal flammability standard, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves “Art Collection” leather shag rugs. The rugs included in this recall have the following style numbers. The style number can be located on the rug’s label.

Style NumberColorSize
ART3601-576black5' x 7'6”
ART3601-79106black7'9” x 10'6”
ART3601-79RDblack7'9” Round
ART3602-576brown5' x 7'6”
ART3602-79106brown7'9” x 10'6”
ART3602-79RDbrown7'9” Round
ART3603-576ivory/tan5' x 7'6”
ART3603-79106ivory/tan7'9” x 10'6”
ART3603-79RDivory/tan7'9” Round
ART3604-576orange/beige5' x 7'6”
ART3604-79106orange/beige7'9” x 10'6”
ART3604-79RDorange/beige7'9” Round

Sold at: Furniture stores nationwide and by Internet retailers from December 2007 through May 2009 for between $280 and $615 (suggested retail price).

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled rugs. Consumers should contact Chandra Rugs to schedule a pick-up and to arrange for a store credit or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Chandra rugs toll-free at (800) 258-6614 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.chandrarugs.com. Consumers can also e-mail the firm at policy@chandrarugs.com



(3) FIESTA RECALLS TO REPAIR GAS GRILLS DUE TO FIRE, BURN HAZARDS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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: Blue Ember Gas Grills

Units: About 88,000 units in the United States (47,000 gas grills were previously recalled in October 2008) and 25,000 in Canada

Importer: Fiesta Gas Grills, of Dickson, Tenn.

Manufacturers: Unisplendor Corp., of China and Keesung Corp., of China

Hazard: The hose of the gas tank can get too close to the firebox and be exposed to heat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Fiesta has received 161 reports of grill fires, resulting in nine injuries, including two incidents of major burns on different parts of the body, six incidents of minor burns, and an incident involving temporary hearing loss.

Description: This recall involves Blue Ember liquid propane (LP) outdoor grills with model and serial numbers listed below. The cabinet style grill has two doors and is silver and black or silver and gray. "Blue Ember" is printed on the grill’s hood. The model and serial numbers are printed on a rating plate label on the rear of the grill.

MODEL NUMBERSSERIAL # RANGES
FG50045
FG50057
FG50069
07000003 thru 0701091207057153 thru 07060224
07012413 thru 0701471607060681 thru 07060808
07015613 thru 0701830007062217 thru 07062344
07021341 thru 0702326007063453 thru 07063580
07023645 thru 0702646007064221 thru 07064604
07029021 thru 0703158007065373 thru 07065500
07032093 thru 0703887607065885 thru 07067164
07039261 thru 0703974307067165 thru 07073548
07039837 thru 0703996407074189 thru 07074316
07040221 thru 0704233207074573 thru 07074828
07043013 thru 0704311207075213 thru 07085436
07045954 thru 0704638708K000001 thru 08K000640
07046416 thru 0704646508U000001 thru 08U012000
07049362 thru 0705089708U015961 thru 08U027640
07056257 thru 07056896 

Sold at: Various home centers and retailers nationwide from November 2006 through June 2008 for between $400 and $500 in the United States and from November 2006 through May 2009 for between $400 and $600 in Canada.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the grill and call Fiesta Gas Grills to obtain a free replacement grease pan assembly and instructions for installing the part and the gas tank. The grill should not be used until the new grease pan assembly and the gas tank have been installed correctly. Consumers should also inspect the gas burner hose and regulator, which will be replaced free of charge if there are signs of damage.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fiesta Gas Grills toll-free at (866)740-7849 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email mnorman@fiestagasgrills.com or visit the company’s Web site at www.blueembergrills.com

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://209.217.71.106/PR/recall-retrait-e.jsp?re_id=807



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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