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"Recall Alerts"

08-12-2005

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. 260 psi Service Pressure Cylinders in Propylene Service and PV3250A-405 and PV3250ALG-405 valves manufactured prior to 2004
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  3. CPSC, The Holmes Group Announce Recall of Tower Heater Fans


(1) 260 PSI SERVICE PRESSURE CYLINDERS IN PROPYLENE SERVICE AND PV3250A-405 AND PV3250ALG-405 VALVES MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO 2004

Praxair has informed Sherwood of several unintended releases of propylene from 260 service pressure cylinders equipped with certain Sherwood PV3250A-405 and PV3250ALG-405 valves with pressure release device start-to-discharge settings of 405 psi. Praxair has also informed Sherwood that these releases have occurred at various locations in North America. Sherwood’s investigation of Praxair’s report is on-going.

The unintended release of propylene, a flammable gas, under uncontrolled conditions, can result in fire, personal injury and property damage. Accordingly, Sherwood recommends that you immediately identify and remove from service propylene service cylinders equipped with the following valves (manufactured before 2004). Such cylinders should be segregated for inspection and follow-up action. Please report the valves removed from service at: www.sherwoodvalve.com/propylene_valve_reporting.htm

Valve Model NumberDate Code (last two of four digits)
PV3250A-405XX96, XX97, XX98, XX99, XX00, XX01, XX02, XX03
PV3250ALG-405 

The valves can be identified by the following markings: a “3250A” forged on the valve body; a “S405 psi” stamp on the safety relief cap; and date codes stamped on the wrench flat of the valve containing the following last two digit numbers: “96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02 or 03.” The enclosed drawing will help you locate the identifying information.

The life of a pressure relief valve is affected by many variables including, for example, climate, air pollution, gas purity, and other factors and, accordingly CGA, Sherwood and other manufacturers recommend that valves be replaced after 10 years (see CGA S-1.1 paragraph 9.1.1). If during your inspection, you identify any PV3250A-405 or PV3250ALG-405 valves with dates codes XX60-XX95; we recommend that they also be permanently removed from service.

As a general matter flammable gas service cylinders should be stored in dry, well-ventilated areas of non combustible construction. Do not allow the temperature where the cylinders are stored to exceed 130 degrees F (54 degrees C). We are informed that good practice includes shading those cylinders from sunlight, using cylinders with reflective material that reduces the effects of solar heating and, where appropriate, periodically cooling cylinders with water.

Please provide copies of this Notice to your customers. Questions about this Notice should be directed to John Piscitelli (724) 229-5510, 2200 North Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2005 MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION

Make / Models: MITSUBISHI / LANCER EVOLUTION

Model/Build Years: 2005

Manufacturer: MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V335000

Recall Date: JUL 25, 2005

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSE

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 1179

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE TURBO CHARGER COOLANT HOSE WAS INCORRECTLY MANUFACTURED, AND MAY ALLOW COOLANT LEAKAGE.

Consequence: IF A LEAK OCCURS, DURING VEHICLE OPERATION WHEN THE MANIFOLD IS HOT, COOLANT MAY IGNITE AND CAUSE A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE TURBO CHARGER COOLANT HOSE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON AUGUST 15, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT MITSUBISHI AT 888-648-7820.

Notes: MITSUBISHI RECALL NO. SR-05-004. 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.


(3) CPSC, THE HOLMES GROUP ANNOUNCE RECALL OF TOWER HEATER FANS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Holmes® and Bionaire® Tower Heater Fans

Units: About 180,000

Manufacturer: The Holmes Group Inc., of Milford, Mass.

Hazard: The power cord on the units can fray or sever causing the fan to stop working and overheat. This could pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The Holmes Group has received 98 reports of minor property damage to the surface under the heater. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves Holmes® models HFH6498-U, HFH6500-U and HFH6500TG-U and Bionaire® model BFH3530-U. The recalled heaters also have date codes beginning with 2604 through 3804 for all units, except for Holmes® model 6500TG-U, which has date codes ranging from 2604 through 4704. The model and date code can be found on the silver label on the back of the unit. The heater fans are 26 inches tall; come in all gray, two-tone gray, or black and gray; and have either the word Holmes® or Bionaire® printed on the front of the base.

Sold at: Wal-Mart, Target, Linens N Things, Bed Bath & Beyond and additional department and specialty stores nationwide from July 2004 through June 2005 for between $40 and $90.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the heaters and contact The Holmes Group for instructions on receiving a replacement unit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call The Holmes Group at (800) 593-4269 anytime or visit the firm’s Web site at www.holmesheaterrecall.com


Holmes® HFH6498-U

Bionaire® BFH3530-U

Holmes® Models HFH6500-U and HFH6500TG-U

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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