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"Recall Alerts"

08-13-2010

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Radio Systems Corporation Recalls Power Adapters Sold with PetSafe® Heated Wellness Sleepers Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Crate and Barrel Recalls Succulent Plant-Shaped Candles in a Pot Due to Fire Hazard
  3. GE Recalls Front Load Washers Due to Fire and Shock Hazards
  4. Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
  5. Hoover Recalls Upright Vacuum Cleaners Due to Fire and Shock Hazards
  6. Sony Recalls VAIO Laptop Computers Due to Burn Hazard
  7. Wire Feed Welders Recalled by Star Asia USA Due to Burn Hazard
  8. Baja Motorsports Recalls Mini Bikes and Go-Carts Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
  9. Additional Reports of Fires and Low Consumer Response Rate Prompt Reannouncement of Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifier Recall
  10. Circus World Recalls Wireless Video Baby Monitors Due to Overheating Hazard


(1) RADIO SYSTEMS CORPORATION RECALLS POWER ADAPTERS SOLD WITH PETSAFE® HEATED WELLNESS SLEEPERS DUE TO 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Power Adapters for heated pet beds

Units: About 20,000

Importer: Radio Systems Corporation of, Knoxville, Tenn.

Hazard: When the metal connector is removed from the bed, it can cause arcing between the coil spring and the connector, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of connectors melting. No injuries or fires have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the Class 2 Transformers that were sold with PetSafe Heated Wellness Sleepers. The power adapters are identified by the markings "PLUG IN CLASS 2 TRANSFORMER," "MODEL NO: K12-800" and have a spring coil covering the length of the electrical wire that goes from the sleeper. Power adapters without spring coils are not affected by this recall.

Sold at: Pet specialty stores, catalog and online retailers nationwide from September 2006 through April 2010 for between $70 and $110.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled power adapter and contact the firm to receive a free replacement adapter.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Radio Systems Corporation at (800) 732-2677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit the firm's website at www.petsafe.net



(2) CRATE AND BARREL RECALLS SUCCULENT PLANT-SHAPED CANDLES IN A POT DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Succulent plant-shaped decorative candles in a pot

Units: About 5,400 in the U.S. and about 90 in Canada.

Importer: Crate and Barrel, a division of Euromarket Designs Inc., of Northbrook, Ill.

Hazard: The wax in this candle melts quickly inside and overflows outside the pot and can ignite, posing a serious burn and fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of the wax igniting. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Description: This recall involves a set of nine succulent plant-shaped green candles in clay pots that were sold in a black container with a SKU number of 557-806. The SKU numbers are on the bottom of the original packaging.

Sold at: Crate and Barrel stores and online at www.crateandbarrel.com from February 2010 through April 2010 for about $7.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and return the product to any Crate and Barrel store for a full refund. Consumers who purchased the recalled candles through Crate and Barrel's catalog or on the firm's Web site should contact Crate and Barrel to arrange to return the candles for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Crate and Barrel at (800) 451-8217 between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Sunday or visit the firm's website at http://www.crateandbarrel.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1071


(3) GE RECALLS FRONT LOAD WASHERS DUE TO FIRE AND SHOCK HAZARDS

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: GE Front-Load Washing Machines

Units: About 181,000

Manufacturer: GE Appliances & Lighting, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: A wire can break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: GE is aware of seven incidents in which flames escaped the units and caused minor smoke damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves GE front-load washing machines without auxiliary water heating. Model and serial numbers are listed in the chart below. Recalled washing machines were manufactured between December 2006 and February 2010. The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame of the washers.

BrandModel Number Begins With:Serial Number Begins With:
GEWBVH5 AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM,
FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM,
LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS,
SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR,
VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, ZS

Sold at: Department and various retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through May 2010 for about $700.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled washers, unplug it from the electrical outlet and contact GE for a free repair. Consumers should not operate the washer until it has been repaired.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (888) 345-4124 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.geappliances.com




(4) MAYTAG RECALLS DISHWASHERS DUE TO 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Dishwashers

Units: About 1.7 million in the United States

Manufacturer: Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa or Maytag Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich.

Hazard: An electrical failure in the dishwasher’s heating element can pose a serious fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in fires and dishwasher damage, including one report of extensive kitchen damage from a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes Maytag®, Amana®, Jenn-Air®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand dishwashers with plastic tubs and certain serial numbers. The affected dishwashers were manufactured with black, bisque, white, silver and stainless steel front panels. The brand name is printed on the front of the dishwasher. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label located inside the plastic tub on a tag near the left side of the door opening. Serial numbers will start or end with one of the following sequences.

SERIAL number STARTING withORSERIAL number ENDING with
NW39, NW40, NW41, NW42, NW43, NW44, NW45, NW46, NW47, NW48, NW49, NW50, NW51, NW52, NY01, NY02, NY03, NY04, NY05, NY06, NY07, NY08, NY09, NY10, NY11, NY12, NY13, NY14, NY15, NY16, NY17, NY18, NY19 JC, JE, JG, JJ, JL, JN, JP, JR, JT, JV, JX, LA, LC, LE, LG, LJ, LL, LN, LP, LR, LT, LV, LX, NA, NC, NE, NG, NJ, NL, NN, NP, NR

Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010 for between $250 and $900.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it, inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire and contact Maytag to verify if their dishwasher is included in the recall. If the dishwasher is included in the recall, consumers can either schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate following the purchase of certain new Maytag brand stainless-steel tub dishwashers. The rebate is $150 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB7759, MDB7609 or MDBH979; or $250 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB8959, MDB8859, MDB7809 or MDB7709. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maytag at (800) 544-5513 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.repair.maytag.com



(5) HOOVER RECALLS UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANERS DUE TO FIRE AND SHOCK HAZARDS

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Hoover® WindTunnel T-Series™ Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaners with Cord Rewind Feature

Units: About 108,000

Importer: Hoover Inc., of Glenwillow, Ohio

Hazard: The power cord is not properly routed or securely seated in the cord rewind assembly allowing the power cord to be pulled loose. This poses fire and shock hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: Hoover has received three reports of minor burns to carpet and furniture and one report of a minor burn to a consumer's hand.

Description: This recall involves Hoover® WindTunnel T-Series™ Bagless Upright vacuum cleaners with the cord rewind feature. This feature enables the cord to wind inside the vacuum for storage. The following model numbers and manufacturing codes are included in the recall.

Model NumbersManufacturing code
ends with...
UH70110  UH70120
UH70200  UH70205
UH70210
H09A I09A
J09A K09A

Vacuums with the manufacturing code K09A followed by a green dot are not included in this recall. Vacuum cleaners with the cord rewind feature sold after November 2009 and with any other manufacturing code are not included in this recall. The model number and manufacturing code can be found on a label on the lower rear part of the vacuum cleaner.

Sold at: Mass merchandisers, department stores and independent vacuum retailers nationwide and online from August 2009 through May 2010 for between $100 and $160.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vacuum cleaners and contact Hoover for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hoover toll-free at (888) 891-2054 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.hoover.com/tseriesrewindrecall


(6) SONY RECALLS VAIO LAPTOP COMPUTERS DUE TO BURN 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Notebook computers

Units: About 233,000

Manufacturer: Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, Calif.

Hazard: The computers can overheat, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: Sony has received 30 reports of units overheating resulting in deformed keyboards and casings. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled products are VPCF11 Series and VPCCW2 Series notebook computers. The computers are available in many colors and have “VAIO” on the front outside panel. The model numbers can be found on the bottom of the computers.

The following models are included:

VPCF11 Series

VPCF111FD/BVPCF111FX/BVPCF111FX/HVPCF112FX/BVPCF112FX/H
VPCF113FX/BVPCF113FX/HVPCF114FX/BVPCF114FX/HVPCF115FM/B
VPCF115FM/BLVPCF116FX/BVPCF116FX/HVPCF117FX/BVPCF117FX/B
VPCF117FX/HVPCF11AFX/BVPCF11BFX/BVPCF11CGX/BVPCF11DGX/B
VPCF11EGX/BVPCF11FGX/BVPC11GGX/BVPCF11HGX/BVPCF11JFX/B
VPCF11KFX/HVPCF11LFX/BVPCF11MFX/BVPCF11NFX/BVPCF11PFX/H
VPCF11QFX/BVPCF11QFX/H   

VPCCW2 Series

VPCCW21FX/BVPCCW21FX/PVPCCW21FX/RVPCCW21FFX/WVPCCW22FX/B
VPCCW22FX/LVPCCW22FX/PVPCCW22FX/RVPCCW22FX/WVPCCW23FX/B
VPCCW23FX/LVPCCW23FX/PVPCCW23FX/RVPCCW23FX/WVPCCW26FX/B
VPCCW26FX/LVPCCW26FX/PVPCCW26FX/RVPCCW27FX/BVPCCW27FX/L
VPCCW27FX/PVPCCW27FX/RVPCCW27FX/WVPCCW28FJ/WVPCCW2AFX/B
VPCCW2BFX/BVPCCW2CGX/BVPCCW2DGX/BVPCCW2EGX/BVPCCW2FGX/B
VPCCW2GGX/BVPCCW2HGX/BVPCCW2JGX/BVPCCW2KGX/BVPCCW2LFX/B
VPCCW2LFX/LVPCCW2LFX/PVPCCW2LFX/RVPCCW2LFX/WVPCCW2MFX/PU
VPCCW2MFX/WJVPCCW2MGX/BVPCCW2NFX/LUVPCCW2PFX/LVPCCW2PFX/R
VPCCW2FX/WVPCCW2QGX/BVPCCWERGX/BVPCCW2SGX/BVPCCW2TGX/B
VPCCW2UFX/BVPCCW2VFX/B   

Sold at: Best Buy, Costco, Frys, Amazon.com and Sony Style retail stores and sonystyle.com as well as other electronics retailers and business suppliers nationwide. The recalled computers were shipped to consumers and resellers between January 2010 and April 2010. They sold for between $800 and $1,500.

Manufactured in: China and the United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately go to http://esupport.sony.com/US/f1cw2update for instructions on how to update the computer’s BIOS firmware. Consumers can also call Sony or visit Sony Style retail stores nationwide for help with installing the update. This firmware will prevent the computer from overheating. The firmware update will also be available through the VAIO Update software program installed on the recalled computers. A prompt will appear when users log on.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Sony toll-free any time at (866) 496-7669 or visit the firm’s website at http://esupport.sony.com/US/f1cw2update


VPCF11 Series


VPCCW2 Series


(7) WIRE FEED WELDERS RECALLED BY STAR ASIA USA DUE TO BURN 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Wire feed welders

Units: About 9,000

Importer: Star Asia USA, LLC d.b.a Titan, of Kent, Wash.

Hazard: The wire welder's torch does not have a cold contactor as erroneously stated on the packaging and instruction manual. Without this feature, the welder generates an electrical arc immediately upon contact with the welding material, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The recall involves the Vaper 90 amp flux wire feed welders with model number 41181. The wire welders are red and black. "Vaper" and "90 amp flux wire welder" can be found on the product's operation panel. The model number can be found on the top right hand corner of the package and on the first page of the users manual.

Sold by: Pep Boys, Auto Zone and various other auto parts and tool centers nationwide from October 2006 through March 2010 for about $170.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumer should immediately stop using the wire welders and contact Star Asia to obtain a corrected instructions manual and packaging or for instructions on returning the product for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Customer Service at (800) 386-0191 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT.



(8) BAJA MOTORSPORTS RECALLS MINI BIKES AND GO-CARTS DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Baja Motorsports Mini Bikes and Go-Carts

Units: About 308,000

Importer: Baja Inc., d/b/a Baja Motorsports, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Hazard: The gas cap can leak or detach from the fuel tank on the recalled mini bikes and go-carts, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. In addition, the throttle can stick due to an improperly positioned fuel line and throttle cable, posing a sudden acceleration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received at least 9 reports of the gas caps leaking and detaching, including one report of a serious burn injury to a child. The firm has also received 25 reports of stuck throttles possibly due to the fuel line and throttle cable being improperly attached with injuries to the face and other parts of the body reported.

Description: This recall involved Baja Motorsports mini bikes with model numbers beginning with HT65, MB165, WR65, MB196, DB30, WR90 and DR90 and go-carts with model numbers BB65, SD65, DN65 and TR65. The model number is located on the mini bikes’ fenders and/or decorative fuel tank and on the go-carts’ roll cage. They both have black plastic gas caps.

Sold at: Various mini bike and go-cart retailers nationwide from November 2004 through June, 2010 for between $200 and $2000. They were also available from the following web sites: Costco.com; Amazon.com; toysrus.com; northerntool.com; sears.com; and kmart.com.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mini bikes and go-carts and contact Baja Motorsports for a free replacement gas cap and to schedule a free repair of the fuel line and throttle cable.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Baja Motorsports toll-free at (888) 863-2252 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.bajamotorsports.net


Baja Motorsports Mini Bike


Baja Motorsports Go-Cart


(9) ADDITIONAL REPORTS OF FIRES AND LOW CONSUMER RESPONSE RATE PROMPT REANNOUNCEMENT OF GOLDSTAR AND COMFORT-AIRE DEHUMIDIFIER RECALL

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today reannounced a voluntary recall of the following consumer products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Portable Dehumidifiers

Units: About 98,000 (previously recalled in December 2009)

Manufacturer: LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China

Hazard: The power connector for the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: LG has received four additional reports of fires involving the recalled dehumidifiers, including one that resulted in significant damage to a home. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves 30-pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the brand names in the chart below. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control and a front-loading water bucket. "Goldstar" or "Comfort-Aire" is printed on the front. The model and serial numbers are printed on the interior of the dehumidifiers and can be viewed after the water bucket is removed.

BrandModel No.Serial Number RangeSold at
GoldstarGHD30Y7611TAxx00001~08400
611TAxx08401~40600
612TAxx00001~20400
612TAxx21001~30600
Home Depot
GoldstarDH305Y7612TAxx00001~00600
701TAxx00001~16800
702TAxx00001~03000
Walmart
Comfort-AireBHD-301-C611TA000001~001697
612TA000001~004200
701TA000001~000578
710TA000001~000599
Heat Controller Inc.

Sold at: The Home Depot, Walmart and Heat Controller Inc. nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifier, contact LG to determine if it is included in the recall and return it to an authorized LG service center for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LG toll-free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday for the location of an authorized LG service center for the repair, or visit the firm's website at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com


Goldstar


Comfort-Aire


(10) CIRCUS WORLD RECALLS WIRELESS VIDEO BABY MONITORS DUE TO OVERHEATING 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Levana Wireless Video Baby Monitors

Units: About 800

Distributor: Circus World Displays Limited (CWD), of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Hazard: Wiring in the baby monitor camera can overheat and emit smoke, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Circus World Displays has received two reports of the camera portion of the monitors overheating and smoking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Levana wireless baby monitors with model number LV-TW300. The receiver front is white and green with six round buttons and the printed word "Levana". It is 7 inches tall and includes a stand/base. The camera is all white, about 5 inches tall and is attached to a 3 1/2 inch long white base. The camera can rotate and swivel in various directions. The camera and receiver each has its own A/C adapter.

Sold at: BB Buggy and Health and Safety stores nationwide and on the Internet between February 2010 and May 2010 for about $200.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and return the baby monitor directly to CWD for a refund or replacement with a different model. When returning, please include the entire product, your complete name, mailing address and phone number in the package and mail to Circus World Displays Ltd, Attention: Adam Crysler, Dealer Returns Specialist, 60 Industrial Parkway Suite Z64, Cheektowaga, NY 14227

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Circus World Displays toll-free at (866) 946-7828 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by e-mail at support@svat.com or on the firm's website at www.mylevana.com

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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