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"Recall Alerts"

08-03-2007

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Sportsmanís Warehouse Recalls Flashlights; Counterfeit Batteries Can Overheat, Posing a Fire Hazard


(1) SPORTSMANíS WAREHOUSE RECALLS FLASHLIGHTS; COUNTERFEIT BATTERIES CAN OVERHEAT, POSING A 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: Xenon Aluminum Flashlights

Units: About 4,400

Distributor: Sportsmanís Warehouse, of Midvale, Utah

Hazard: The batteries packaged with the recalled flashlights are labeled as ďPanasonic CR123A Industrial LithiumĒ and have been determined by Panasonic to be counterfeit. The counterfeit batteries can overheat and rupture, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sportsmanís Warehouse has received two reports of batteries overheating and flashlights igniting, with one consumer receiving burns to his hands.

Description: The recall involves High Intensity Xenon Aluminum Flashlights in 6-volt (Item No. 1139422), 9-volt (Item No. 1139423) and 12-volt (Item No. 1139424) models. The recalled flashlights are black and have the Sportsmanís Warehouse logo printed on the handle. The recalled flashlights were packaged with two, three or four batteries labeled as ďPanasonic CR123A Industrial LithiumĒ.

Sold at: Sportsmanís Warehouse stores nationwide from October 2006 through May 2007 for between $30 and $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove and discontinue using the batteries from the recalled flashlights. Consumers can return the recalled flashlights and batteries to any Sportsmanís Warehouse store for a full refund or store credit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sportsmanís Warehouse toll-free at (877) 678-0010 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firmís Web site at www.sportsmanswarehouse.com (PDF)

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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