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"Recall Alerts"

08-24-2007

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Petters Consumer Brands Recalls Sunbeam Over-the-Range Microwaves for Fire Hazard
  2. Vance Kitira Recalls Cinnamon Spice Candles Due to Fire Hazard
  3. Atico International USA Recalls Coffeemakers Sold Exclusively at Walgreens Due to Fire Hazard
  4. Clarion Expands Recall of Vehicle Navigation and Entertainment System Batteries Due to Burn and Fire Hazards
  5. International Home Fashions and Bilt-Safe Technologies Recall “Classic Beautyrest” Electric Throws Due to Fire Hazard
  6. Giftco Inc. Recalls Pine Cone Candle Sets Due to Fire Hazard
  7. LED Lights Recalled by Plan 9 Due to Fire Hazard
  8. Toshiba Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard


(1) PETTERS CONSUMER BRANDS RECALLS SUNBEAM OVER-THE-RANGE MICROWAVES FOR FIRE HAZARD

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Sunbeam Over-the-Range Microwaves

Units: About 300

Importer/Distributor: Petters Consumer Brands LLC, of Minnetonka, Minn.

Hazard: Internal electrical arcing in the microwave can pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Sunbeam Over-the-Range microwave ovens with serial numbers within the range of A0701161370000001 through A0701161370000304. The serial numbers are located on the inside front of the microwave and visible when the microwave door is open. Model number SNM1501RAQ is printed on a label on the back of the unit. The ovens display Sunbeam on the front panel, are bisque in color, and are 16.25 inches high x 29.5 inches wide x 15 inches deep. The microwaves ovens were installed in mobile homes.

Sold with: Mobile homes from February 2007 through March 2007.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the microwaves and contact Petters to receive a replacement microwave. The manufacturer of the mobile homes that contain the recalled microwave ovens is notifying consumers directly.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Petters Consumer Brands toll-free at (866) 866-6283 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Saturday, and between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Sunday. Consumers also can log on to: www.sunbeammajorappliances.com


(2) VANCE KITIRA RECALLS CINNAMON SPICE CANDLES 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.

Name of Product: Cinnamon Spice Candles

Units: About 2,000

Importer: Vance Kitira International, of Little Falls, N.J.

Hazard: There are no instructions on the candle warning consumers to remove the cinnamon sticks and trim the wick before lighting the candle. The cinnamon sticks can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a cinnamon stick igniting and causing a small fire contained to the candle. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled candle is 4-inches in diameter and 6-inches tall with a long wick that ties two cinnamon sticks to the top of the candle. The candle is brown and cream in color. The item number (CS406BR) and "CinnSpc Cndl 4x6 Brown $19.99," and "Made in Thailand" are printed on the label on the bottom of the candle.

Sold at: Department stores and candle retailers nationwide from May 2006 through June 2007 for about $20.

Manufactured in: Thailand

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and contact the firm for instructions on how to remove the cinnamon sticks and trim the wick.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Vance Kitira at (800) 646-6360 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://vancekitira.com


(3) ATICO INTERNATIONAL USA RECALLS COFFEEMAKERS SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT WALGREENS 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.

Name of Product: Signature Gourmet™ and Kitchen Gourmet® 12-Cup Coffeemakers

Units: About 392,000

Importer/Distributor: Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Hazard: The coffeemaker can ignite due to an electrical failure, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Atico International USA, Inc. has received 14 reports of electrical failures, including six reports in which the unit ignited causing minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The coffeemaker is white with a glass coffeepot. Signature Gourmet™ or Kitchen Gourmet® is printed on the front of the unit. The Model Number (XQ-673B), Item Number (W14A4984) and date code are located on the bottom of the unit. Only units with date codes from May 2003 (0503) through July 2006 (0706) are affected by this recall.

Sold at: Walgreens stores nationwide from August 2003 through December 2006. The Signature Gourmet™ model sold for about $16 and the Kitchen Gourmet® model sold for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled coffeemakers immediately and contact Atico International USA for instructions on returning the product for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should call Atico International USA toll-free at (877) 546-4835 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.aticousa.com


(4) CLARION EXPANDS RECALL OF VEHICLE NAVIGATION AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM BATTERIES DUE TO BURN AND FIRE 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.

Name of Product: N.I.C.E. P200 Navigation and Entertainment Systems

Units: About 1,500 additional units (about 2,500 were recalled in December 2006)

Distributor: Clarion Corp. of America, of Cypress, Calif.

Manufacturer: Kiryung Electronics of Seoul, South Korea

Hazard: The lithium-ion batteries in these units can melt or overheat posing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Clarion has received 15 reports of the units melting or overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The N.I.C.E. P200 is a black portable navigation and entertainment device that can be attached to a vehicle’s windshield. The device has a 4-inch touch screen LCD monitor and contains one lithium battery. “Clarion” and “N.I.C.E. P200” are printed on the device. “Clarion NAVBATTERY” is printed on the battery. The recall includes any N.I.C.E. P200 in which batteries were previously replaced.

Sold at: Car audio and mobile electronics stores nationwide from May 2006 through August 2007 for a suggested retail price of $800.

Manufactured in: South Korea

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Clarion Corp. for a full refund, information on returning the product, and a postage paid envelope to return the product.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Clarion Corp. at (800) 347-8667 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, email parts@clarion.com, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.clarion.com


(5) INTERNATIONAL HOME FASHIONS AND BILT-SAFE TECHNOLOGIES RECALL “CLASSIC BEAUTYREST” ELECTRIC THROWS 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.

Name of Product: Classic Beauty Rest Electric Warming Throws

Units: About 37,100

Importer: International Home Fashions Inc. (and sister company Bilt-Safe Technologies), of Black Mountain, N.C.

Manufacturer: Ningbo Veken Elite International Trading Company Ltd., of China

Hazard: Bunching, folding or tucking of these electric throws can cause them to overheat, resulting in smoldering, melting, fire and burn hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: Bilt-Safe has received 38 reports of the throws overheating, including at least 15 reports of fires and four reports of consumers suffering blistering or minor burns to the hand, leg and back.

Description: This recall involves 52-inch by 62-inch electric warming throws. The 100% acrylic throws were sold in various colors and patterns and have model number BST-06-THR. The model number is located on the care label sewn into the throw. “Classic Beautyrest” and “Automatic Electric Warming Throw” is printed on the product’s packaging. Model numbers with the following date codes are included in this recall: B00106 through B36506. Bilt-Safe Technologies, Inc. and the date code are printed on the bottom of the care label.

Sold at: Kmart, the Fingerhut catalogs and the LTD Commodities LLC Web site from August 2006 through February 2007 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the electric throws and contact International Home Fashions for information on where to return a portion of the power cord to receive two replacement (non-electric) throws. Consumers should not return the throws to the retailer where purchased.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact International Home Fashions at (800) 905-0799 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.intlhomefash.com


(6) GIFTCO INC. RECALLS PINE CONE CANDLE SETS 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.

Name of Product: Gold Pine Cone Candle Sets

Units: About 24,000

Importer: Giftco Inc., of Vernon Hills, Ill.

Hazard: The candles’ exterior paint and coating can ignite and catch fire, igniting nearby combustibles.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC has received one report of a flare-up with damage contained to the candle. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Gold Pine Cone Candles (set of three), Item Numbers 1240 and R1240. The item number is located on the product’s packaging. The set includes three candles of different sizes that sit on a gold plate.

Sold at: Christmas stores, school fundraisers, mail order, and specialty stores nationwide from September 2001 through December 2006 for between $4 and $25.

Manufactured in: Hong Kong

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and contact Giftco for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Giftco at (888) 448-6728 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.



(7) LED LIGHTS RECALLED BY PLAN 9 DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms 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: E Lights

Units: About 340

Manufacturer: Plan 9 Inc., of White Salmon, Wash.

Hazard: The circuit board in the lights can overheat, posing a risk of fire.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The E Light is a 12-Volt DC light fixture with recessed LEDs typically mounted on the ceiling or under a counter. The recalled light is a flat, white rectangle with three LEDs (in the three-watt model) or six LEDs (in the 6-watt model).

Sold at: Various recreational vehicle parts retailers nationwide or the Backwoods Solar Electric Systems Web site from February 2006 through May 2007 for between $40 and $60.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn the power off at the circuit breaker and contact Plan 9 for instructions on returning the product to the firm for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Plan 9 toll-free at (866) 522-1368 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.E-Light-Recall.com


Three-watt model


Six-watt model


(8) TOSHIBA RECALLS NOTEBOOK COMPUTER BATTERIES DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms 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: Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries containing Sony cells used in Toshiba notebook computers.

Units: About 1,400

Computer Importer: Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., of Irvine, Calif.

Battery Cell Manufacturer: Sony Energy Devices Corp., of Japan

Hazard: The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Toshiba has received three reports outside of the United States of notebook batteries overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled lithium-ion batteries were sold with, or sold separately to be used with the following notebook computer models: Satellite A100, Satellite A105 and Tecra A7. The battery model is printed on the battery.

ModelComputer Model Prefix Number
(first 2 digits of serial number)
Model Prefix
(first 6 characters)
Manufacturing Date RangeEstimated Retail
Pricing (when sold)
Satellite A10016, 26, 36, 46PSAA0UJanuary 1, 2006 – April 30, 2006About $1,300
Satellite A10516, 26, 36, 46PSAA2U
PSAA8U
PSAA9U
January 1, 2006 – April 30, 2006About $1,000
Tecra A716, 26, 36, 46PTA70U
PTA71U
January 1, 2006 – April 30, 2006About $700

Sold through: Authorized electronics retailers nationwide from January 2006 through April 2006 for between $680 and $1,300 for the computer systems and for between $90 and $120 when sold separately.

Manufactured in: China (battery packs)

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries and contact Toshiba to receive a free replacement battery. Consumers can continue to use the notebook computers safely, by turning the system off, removing the battery, and using the AC adapter and power cord to power the system until the replacement battery is received. Consumers should use only batteries obtained from Toshiba or from an authorized Toshiba reseller.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Toshiba at (800) 457-7777 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at www.bxinfo.toshiba.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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