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"Recall Alerts"

08-23-2004

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 Apple Computer, Inc. Announce Recall Of Rechargeable Batteries
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Osram Sylvania Products, Inc. Announce Recall of Decorative Light Bulbs


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND APPLE COMPUTER, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Apple Computer, Inc. of Cupertino, California announce recall of rechargeable batteries.

Name of product: Rechargeable batteries used in 15-inch PowerBook G4 computers

Problem: An internal short can cause the battery cells to overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.







Description: The recalled batteries are used with the 15-inch PowerBook G4 (Aluminum) laptop computer. The batteries, which contain cells manufactured during the last week of December 2003 only, have the model number A1045 and serial numbers that begin with HQ404, HQ405, HQ406, HQ407, or HQ408. The model and serial numbers can be found on a label on the bottom of the battery. The battery is approximately 4 ¾ inches long, 3 ¼ inches wide, and ¾ inches tall. No other PowerBook or iBook batteries are involved in this recall.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Apple to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge.

Consumer Contact: Contact Apple at (800) 275-2273 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Sunday or log on to Apple’s Web site at www.apple.com/support/powerbook/batteryexchange

The CPSC release number is 04-201. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04201.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND OSRAM SYLVANIA PRODUCTS, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF DECORATIVE LIGHT BULBS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Osram Sylvania Products Inc., of Danvers, Massachusetts announce the recall of decorative light bulbs.

Hazard: The glass bulb can separate from its base and break during use. The broken glass can present a laceration injury to consumers, the hot broken bulb can present a burn injury to consumers, and an exposed bulb filament can present a shock hazard if handled while power remains applied to the fixture.

Description: The recalled 60 watt B10 medium base light bulbs were sold in packages of two or four units. The bulbs are clear. Some were packaged as “Ceiling Fan” and “Double Life” light bulbs. “SYLVANIA” is printed on the front of the packaging and on the bulb base. The bulbs involved have a UPC bar code on the back of the package ending in the following five digits: 13323, 13329, 13333, 13442, 13445, 13454, 13565, 13650, and 13721.

Remedy: If the bulb is broken, consumers should first unplug the light fixture or turn off the main circuit breaker before attempting to remove the bulb. Cloth or leather gloves should also be worn to prevent cuts or scratches during bulb removal. Remove the light bulbs from any fixture where they are installed and contact OSRAM Sylvania for free replacement bulbs.

Consumer Contact: Call Osram Sylvania toll-free at (877) 423-3772 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC release number is 04-192. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04192.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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