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"Recall Alerts"

08-04-2003

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 Black & Decker Announce Recall of Cordless Drill/Drivers
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Ideal Industries, Inc. Announce Recall of Voltage Testers
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2003 Big Dog Motorcycles


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND BLACK & DECKER ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CORDLESS DRILL/DRIVERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., is voluntarily recalling about 265,000 18-volt cordless drill/drivers. The drill's switch can malfunction and overheat, posing the possibility of a fire hazard to consumers.

The recalled 18-volt, cordless drill/drivers are orange or jade and have the words, "Black & Decker" printed on the body of the drill. The drill/drivers have the following model numbers and date codes:

Model
Number
Date Codes Color
CD1800 10011952 through 20020652 Orange
PS3700 973652 through 983052 Jade
PS3725 20003852 through 20013652 Jade
PS3750 20002452 through 20005252 Jade

The model number is printed on the nameplate on the side of the drill and the date code is printed on the bottom of the handle where the battery is inserted (remove the battery to locate date code). The recalled units were manufactured in China.

Consumers should stop using the drill/drivers immediately, remove the battery, and contact Black & Decker toll-free at (866) 821-5444 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday to receive a free repair. For additional information, consumers can log on to the company's website at www.blackanddecker.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 03-164, (301) 504-7051. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03164.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF VOLTAGE TESTERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Ideal Industries, Inc. of Sycamore, Illinois announce recall of 122,000 solenoid voltage testers.

Hazard: These testers can short out at high voltages. Consumers can suffer burns.

Incidents/Injuries: Ideal has received 11 reports of these testers shorting out at higher voltages, resulting in the faceplate blowing off the units. Two users were burned when their units reportedly shorted out. One reportedly sustained third-degree burns on his hands, forearms, neck and face, while the other suffered second- and third-degree burns to his hands.

Description: These are Ideal voltage and voltage/continuity testers with model numbers 61-065, 61-066, 61-067, 61-076, 61-079, and 61-080. "IDEAL" and the model number are located on the front of the tester. The tester body is yellow. The wire leads have one black and one red test probe. Recalled units were manufactured between November 1999 and May 2002. Contact Ideal to determine if your electrical tester is included in this recall.

Remedy: Contact Ideal to receive a free replacement tester.

Consumer Contact: Ideal toll-free at (877) 557-8598 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday. Consumers also can access Ideal's Web site at www.idealindustries.com.

Media Contact: Glenn Hollister, of Ideal Industries Inc., (815) 895-1307 and Jim MacMurdo, of Ideal Industries Inc., (815) 899-7779. The CPSC release number 03-167. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03167.html


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2003 BIG DOG MOTORCYCLES

Summary: On certain motorcycles, the fuel tank mount may have been improperly welded. This can cause the tank to fail with the possibility of fuel spillage.

Consequence: Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will remove the fuel tank and ship it to Big Dog for repair. Big Dog will re-weld the mount, repair the paint, and return it back to the dealer for re-installation. Owner notification is expected to begin during July 2003. Owners should contact Big Dog at (316) 219-6584.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V230000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/results.cfm

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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