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"Recall Alerts"

08-19-2002

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 STK International Announce Recall of Extension Cords
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Cavagna North America, Inc. Announce Recall of Safety Relief Valves


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND STK INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE RECALL OF EXTENSION CORDS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and STK International Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 190,000 extension cords. The cords have undersized wires, presenting a shock hazard to consumers.

CPSC and STK International have not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving these extension cords. The recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The recalled extension cords were sold in brown (model EC-222) or white (model EC-221) and are approximately 5-feet 3-inches long. The model numbers are printed in the upper right corner of the packaging. The cords were packaged in a mustard and orange color sleeve with the words, "5 Household Extension Cords" and "Made in China" printed on the front. The "Volt Master" logo is printed in the left corner of the packaging. "YWC-981 8 CHINA E157848" is printed on the cord.

Consumers should stop using and unplug these extension cords immediately and return them to STK International for a refund, including postage. Consumers should mail their extension cords to the attention of EC-221/ EC-222 Recall, STK International, Inc., 5500 East Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90022. For more information, call STK International at (800) 536-7855 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 02-217, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02217.html.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CAVAGNA NORTH AMERICA, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF SAFETY RELIEF VALVES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Cavagna North America Inc., of Branchburg, New Jersey, is recalling about 6,100 safety relief valves manufactured by Omeca, of Bresia, Italy. These valves, imported by Cavagna, are designed to relieve excess pressure in large propane tanks, typically the 500- to 1,000-gallon size. The recalled valves can have sharp internal edges that can cut into gasket seals in the valves, causing a propane gas leak. This poses a risk of fire or burn injuries.

The valves, model 66-1031, are approximately 7-inches long. Writing on the valve reads "OMECA 66-1031." Only valves that contain year and batch codes of "99.02," "99.16," "99.27," or "99.28" are included in the recall. The valves from these batch codes were installed on tanks that were refurbished or manufactured after May 1999.

LP distributors, LP tank owners and propane gas users with recalled valves should immediately contact Cavagna to schedule an appointment to have the safety relief valve replaced at no charge. For more information, contact Cavagna toll-free at (866) 422-8246 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, release number 02-220, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02220.html.

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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