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"Recall Alerts"

07-28-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Lexar JumpDrive® Computer Storage Devices Recalled for Burn Hazard, Certain Models Involved
  2. Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc. Recalls Lawn Tractors for Fire Hazard
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Purolator Fuel Filters
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Nissan Vehicles
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Workhorse Chassis
  6. Humidifiers Recalled for Fire Hazard
  7. Bunn-O-Matic Corp. Expands Recall of Home Coffeemakers Due to Burn and Fire Hazards


(1) LEXAR JUMPDRIVE® COMPUTER STORAGE DEVICES RECALLED FOR BURN HAZARD, CERTAIN MODELS INVOLVED

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: Lexar JumpDrive® FireFly and 1GB Secure II

Units: About 66,000

Manufacturer: Lexar Media Inc., of Fremont, Calif.

Hazard: The recalled JumpDrives® FireFly and Secure II products could overheat, posing a risk of burns to consumers and property damage.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description and Models: The recalled drives are high speed flash drives used to store, transfer and carry data from one computer to another. This recall only includes Lexar JumpDrive® FireFly which is sold in various colors, and Lexar JumpDrive® Secure II 1GB which has a metallic silver housing. “Lexar” is embossed on the front of the plastic housing and the capacity is marked on the back. The part number is located on the FireFly’s packaging, and on the back of the Secure II 1GB drive.

JumpDrive® FireFly
Capacity Part Number
256MB (red) JDFF256-431RU
JDFF256-264
JDFF256-445RU
512MB (lime green) JDFF512-431EM
1GB (blue) JDFF1GB-431TO
2GB (black) JDFF2GB-431BK

JumpDrive® Secure II 1GB
Part Number
JDSE1GB-00-500 Rev H and 3052-1GBA-2006
3052-1GBA-2106
3052-1GBA-1906
3052-1GBA-1806

Sold at: The recalled JumpDrive® Firefly drives were sold at discount department, office supply, and electronics stores, and by Web retailers, including www.lexar.com, between April and May 2006 for between $30 and $110. The recalled JumpDrive® Secure II 1GB drive was sold exclusively at Fry’s Electronics in May 2006 for about $80.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled JumpDrive® Firefly and Secure II devices and contact Lexar to receive a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Lexar at (800) 248-2798 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.lexar.com

Picture of Recalled JumpDrive
Secure II 1GB
Picture of Recalled JumpDrive
FireFly 256MB
Picture of Recalled JumpDrive
FireFly 512MB
Picture of Recalled JumpDrive
FireFly 1GB
Picture of Recalled JumpDrive
FireFly 2GB


(2) HUSQVARNA OUTDOOR PRODUCTS INC. RECALLS LAWN TRACTORS FOR 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: Lawn Tractors

Units: About 174,000

Manufacturer: Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc., of Augusta, Ga., formerly known as Electrolux Outdoor Products Inc.

Hazard: The fuel line on these lawn tractors can separate from the fuel tank outlet. If this occurs, fuel will spill out, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc. received 886 reports of fuel lines that separated from the fuel tank outlet and 16 reports of fires related to this issue. There are three reports of minor personal injury.

Description: The lawn tractors were sold under the Husqvarna, Craftsman, Poulan Pro, Poulan, Weed Eater, Southern States and Murray brand names. Recalled tractors’ product, model and serial numbers are listed in the chart below. To determine if a tractor is included in the recall, check the lawn tractors’ product, model and serial numbers, located on a label under the seat of the tractor.

BrandProduct NumberModel NumberSerial Number
Range
Service Center
Craftsman® NA 917.27662
917.27663
917.27618
917.27664
120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(800) 659-5917
Monday through Saturday
between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET.
www.sears.com
NA 917.27535
917.27639
917.27640
917.27641
917.27678
090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
Husqvarna® 960430003 00 YT1942T 120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 721-6091
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
www.husqvarna.com
960130019 00 LT16542090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-
X00X`XXX
Murray 960120058 00
960120059 00
MB12538LT
MB1842LT
120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
Poulan® 960420026 00C20H42YT 120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
www.poulan.com
960120043 00
960120044 00
960120044 01
960120044 02
960120045 00
960120045 01
960120053 00
960170004 00
PO12538LT
PB1638LT
PB1638LT
PB1638LT
PB1842LT
PB1842LT
PB185H42LT
PB18H42LT
090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
Poulan Pro® 960420020 00
960420008 00
960420009 00
960420016 00
PB19H42YT
PB20H42YT
PK20H42YT
XT19H42YT
120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
www.poulan.com
960160013 00
960160013 01
960120060 00
HD17542
HD17542
XT185H42LT
090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
Southern States960420011 00 SO20H42YT 120905-X00XXXX
through 061606-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
960120054 00
960120055 00
960120057 01
SO1638LT
SO17542LT
SO19H42LT
090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
Weed Eater® 960160014 00
960160014 02
HD13538 090905-X00XXXX
through 062206-X00XXXX
(866) 284-8872
Monday through Friday
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
www.weedeater.com

Sold at: Home centers, retailers, hardware stores and dealers nationwide from September 2005 through June 2006 for between $820 and $1,500.

Manufactured In: Orangeburg, S.C.

Remedy: Consumers with recalled tractors should immediately stop using the tractor and contact the applicable firm listed in below chart to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc. toll-free at (866) 284-8872 or visit their Web site at www.husqvarna.com. Consumers with Craftsman-brand tractors should call (800) 659-5917. Consumers with Poulan Pro, Poulan, Weed Eater, Southern States or Murray brand tractors should call toll-free at (866) 284-8872.




(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF PUROLATOR FUEL FILTERS

Make / Models: PUROLATOR / F65277

Model/Build Years: 9999

Manufacturer: UFI FILTERS USA

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E056000

Mfg's Report Date: JUN 13, 2006

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 58640

Summary: CERTAIN AFTERMARKET FUEL FILTERS SOLD UNDER THE PUROLATOR BRAND NAME, P/N F65277, SHIPPED FROM JANUARY 16 THROUGH JUNE 2, 2006. DUE TO INCORRECT DESIGN, THE QUICK CONNECTORS MAY NOT FULLY SEAT WITH THE TUBE INTERFACE, EVEN THOUGH THE PERSON MAKING THE CONNECTION MAY BELIEVE THAT THE QUICK CONNECTOR IS FULLY ATTACHED.

Consequence: FAILURE OF THIS CONNECTION COULD LEAD TO FUEL SPILLAGE AND, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A FIRE COULD OCCUR.

Remedy: UFI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE/JULY 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT UFI FILTERS USA AT 770-331-5535.

Notes: CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(4) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF NISSAN VEHICLES

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
NISSAN / ALTIMA 2006
NISSAN / SENTRA 2006

Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V223000

Mfg's Report Date: JUN 20, 2006

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 85000

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.5L ENGINES MAY EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE ENGINE OIL CONSUMPTION AS A RESULT OF IMPROPER PERFORMANCE OF THE PISTON RINGS.

Consequence: IF THE OIL IS NOT MAINTAINED AT LEAST AT THE MINIMUM LEVEL, ENGINE DAMAGE CAN OCCUR AND IN EXTREME CASES RESULT IN AN ENGINE FIRE.

Remedy: NISSAN HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A REMEDY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. ON JUNE 9, 2006, NISSAN NOTIFIED OWNERS OF THE POSSIBILITY OF EXCESSIVE OIL CONSUMPTION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING THE OIL AT A PROPER LEVEL. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

Notes: CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(5) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF WORKHORSE CHASSIS

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
WORKHORSE / P32 2004
WORKHORSE / W20 2004
WORKHORSE / W22 2004
WORKHORSE / W24 2004
WORKHORSE / W52 2004

Manufacturer: WORKHORSE CUSTOM CHASSIS

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V225000

Mfg's Report Date: JUN 13, 2006

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 17033

Summary: ON CERTAIN MOTOR HOME AND TRUCK CHASSIS EQUIPPED WITH GENERAL MOTORS 8.1L V8 ENGINES, IMPROPER HARDENING DURING THE HEAT TREATMENT PROCESS CAN CAUSE THE FUEL RAIL PULSE DAMPER RETAINER CLIP TO FRACTURE, RESULTING IN INADEQUATE RETENTION OF THE DAMPER. IF THE DAMPER BECOMES LOOSE, FUEL COULD BE PUMPED BY THE FUEL PUMP INTO THE UNDER HOOD AREA.

Consequence: IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A FIRE COULD RESULT.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL RAIL PULSE DAMPER RETAINER CLIPS ON THESE ENGINES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT WORKHORSE AT 877-294-6773.

Notes: WORKHORSE RECALL NO. 60601C. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(6) HUMIDIFIERS RECALLED FOR 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: Warm Mist CareFree® Humidifier

Units: About 29,000

Manufacturer: Hunter Fan Co., of Memphis, Tenn.

Hazard: Water from the humidifier can leak into the unit’s electrical compartment posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Hunter has received four reports of incidents involving the humidifier, including one report of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description and Models: The recalled humidifiers are white or black plastic with blue or green tinted water tanks. “Hunter” and “NiteGlo” are printed on the humidifier. The model numbers and tank size included in this recall are listed below. The model number is located on a white label on the bottom of the humidifier.

ModelSizeDescription
35201 CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2.0 GallonWhite plastic with a blue
tinted water tank
35202 CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2.0 GallonWhite plastic with a blue
tinted water tank
35203 CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2.0 GallonWhite plastic with a green
tinted water tank
35207 CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2.0 GallonWhite plastic with a blue
tinted water tank
35253 CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2.0 GallonBlack plastic with a blue
tinted water tank

Sold at: Discount stores and hardware stores nationwide, as well as catalogs and on various Web sites, from September 2005 through February 2006 for between $50 and $65.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled humidifiers and unplug them immediately. Contact Hunter Fan Co. to receive a free replacement part.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Hunter Fan Co. toll-free at (866) 818-7609 anytime, or log onto the firm’s Web site at www.hunterfan.com


(7) BUNN-O-MATIC CORP. EXPANDS RECALL OF HOME COFFEEMAKERS DUE TO BURN AND FIRE HAZARDS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced an extension of a voluntary recall of the following product, initially commenced in June 2005, to include the additional date codes specified below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Bunn® home coffeemakers

(Note: This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall announced in June 2005.)

Units: About 561,000

Manufacturer: Bunn-O-Matic Corp., of Springfield, Ill.

Hazard: The coffeemaker’s plastic pour-in bowl and lid can melt or ignite due to an electrical failure, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Bunn-O-Matic has received 16 additional incident reports involving the bowl or lid melting or igniting in these units, including seven reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves Bunn® home coffeemakers with model numbers GR-10B, GR-10W, B-10B, B-10W, and BT-10B (including any of those same model numbers ending in the additional letter D) with six-digit date codes (1) ending in “04” with the two middle digits between “21” and “52” or (2) ending in “05” with the two middle digits between “01” and “40”. (If the date code has a seventh digit, consumers should ignore the last digit and use the first six digits.) The model number and date code are stamped on a small white or silver sticker on the bottom of the coffeemaker. The 10-cup Bunn® coffeemakers have either a black or white plastic base and top, and measure 14 ¼-inches high by 7-inches wide by 13 ¾ -inches deep. The word “BUNN®” is printed on the front of the machine in chrome.

Sold at: Department and hardware stores nationwide between May 2004 and January 2006 for about $100.

Manufactured In: United States

Remedy: Consumers should unplug the coffeemaker and allow it to cool (for at least three hours) before checking if they have one of the recalled units. Consumers can contact the firm to obtain a free factory repair, a free in-home repair kit, or purchase a new unit at a discount.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call Bunn-O-Matic at (800) 385-2652 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.regcen.com/bunnrecall

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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