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"Recall Alerts"

08-04-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Robertshaw Controls Co. Recalls Gas Controls Installed in Commercial Cooking Appliances for Fire Hazard
  2. The Toro Company Expands Recall of Snowthrowers Posing Fire Hazard


(1) ROBERTSHAW CONTROLS CO. RECALLS GAS CONTROLS INSTALLED IN COMMERCIAL COOKING APPLIANCES 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: Robertshaw FS Flame Switches and FM Automatic Safety Valves (installed in commercial cooking appliances)

Units: About 7,800

Manufacturer: Robertshaw Controls Co., of West Plains, Mo.

Hazard: These controls are designed to prevent gas from flowing when the pilot light is out. The recalled controls can remain on after the pilot light is extinguished. If this happens, gas can continue to flow to the main burner of the appliance, which poses a risk of a gas explosion and fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Robertshaw Controls Co. has received one report of a gas ignition incident, which resulted in two minor injuries.

Description: The FS Flame Switches and FM Automatic Safety Valves being recalled are installed on natural and liquid propane (LP) gas commercial cooking equipment, such as ranges, pasta cookers, deep fat fryers or griddles. The recalled FS Flame Switches were installed on the following commercial cooking equipment brands: Keating (of Chicago), PMI Food Equipment Group, Vulcan, Southbend, Blodgett, Toastmaster, and Wolf Range. The recalled FM Automatic Safety Valves were installed on the following commercial cooking equipment brands: Bari (Restaurant and Pizzeria), Southbend, and Blodgett. The model and/or serial numbers can be found on the cooking appliance identification plate located on the appliance. For a list of appliances with recalled switches and valves, visit www.robertshaw.com

Sold by: Original equipment manufacturers and food service equipment dealers to commercial food service providers (such as restaurants) nationwide from August 2005 through June 2006 for the FS Flame Switches and from April 2006 through June 2006 for FM Automatic Valves. Consumers who had cooking equipment installed or serviced before August 2005 are not affected.

Manufactured In: United States

Remedy: Consumers who believe they could have recalled safety valves on their cooking appliances should contact Robertshaw Controls Co. who will arrange for a free replacement, if necessary. If you smell gas near the appliance or in the building, immediately leave the area and call your gas company or a certified gas technician to investigate the cause.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Robertshaw Controls Co. toll-free at (800) 232-9389 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, or visit the firmís Web site at www.robertshaw.com to review a list of the appliances with recalled switches and valves.

Picture of Recalled FS Switch 18
FS Switch 18
Picture of Recalled FS Switch 27
FS Switch 27


Picture of Recalled FM Automatic Safety Valves
FM Automatic Safety Valves


(2) THE TORO COMPANY EXPANDS RECALL OF SNOWTHROWERS POSING 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: Toro Snow Commander and CCR Single Stage Snowthrowers

(NOTE: This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall announced in March 2003.)

Units: About 84,000

Manufacturer: The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn.

Hazard: The plastic fuel tank can crack and leak gasoline, posing a risk of fire and injury.

Incidents/Injuries: Toro has received 882 additional reports of fuel tanks leaking. No fires or injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall now involves 2001 and 2002 Toro Snow Commander and CCR model snowthrowers listed below. The model and serial numbers are located on the rear of the axle plate between the wheels.

SNOW COMMANDER UNITS:
ModelSerial RangeSnowthrowerYearRetail Price
38600220000001 to 22000407224-inch Single Stage2002$860
38602220000001 to 22000593124-inch Electric Start2002$960

CCR UNITS:
ModelSerial RangeSnowthrowerYearRetail Price
38413210010001 to 21002099020-inch Single Stage2001$590
38419210010001 to 21001472520-inch Electric Start2001$690
38440210010001 to 21001565620-inch Single Stage2001$660
38445210012082 to 21002196420-inch Electric Start2001$760
38515220000001 to 22001374320-inch Single Stage2002$590
38516220000001 to 22000893020-inch Electric Start2002$690
38517220000001 to 22001091020-inch Single Stage2002$660
38518220000210 to 22001593220-inch Electric Start2002$760

Sold: Toro dealers and Home Depot stores nationwide from September 2000 through March 2006.

Manufactured In: United States

Remedy: Consumers should contact their local Toro Authorized Service Dealer to find out if their snowthrower is included in the recall. If necessary, the dealer will schedule a time and install a free replacement fuel tank.

Consumer Contact: For more information contact Toro at (800) 689-8671 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday. Consumers also can visit the firmís Web site at www.toro.com - the Toro Company has notified registered owners directly.

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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