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"Recall Alerts"

08-30-2004

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 Classic Concepts Of Los Angeles, California And Williams Sonoma/Pottery Barn Of San Francisco, California Announce Recall Of Pottery Barn Bailey Chenille
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. Announces Recall of Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning (PTAC) Units
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) And Vorando Air Circulation Systems, Inc. Announce Recall Of Portable Electric Heaters


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CLASSIC CONCEPTS OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA AND WILLIAMS SONOMA/POTTERY BARN OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCE RECALL OF POTTERY BARN BAILEY CHENILLE

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Classic Concepts of Los Angeles, California and Williams Sonoma/Pottery Barn of San Francisco, California announce recall of Pottery Barn Bailey Chenille Rugs.

Hazard: The recalled rugs violate the federal Flammable Fabrics Act and could ignite, presenting a risk of burn injuries.

Description: The recalled Pottery Barn Bailey Chenille Rugs are “periwinkle blue” color only. Two models/sizes are recalled: 4479028 (8’ x 10’) and 4479036 (5’ x 8’). These rugs are 65% rayon and 35% cotton.

Remedy: Full refund. Consumers should stop using the rugs and contact Classic Concepts to arrange for the rug to be picked up and shipped back to Classic Concepts. Consumers will receive a full refund when the recalled rugs are returned.

Consumer Contact: Call Classic Concepts (ask for Eden Courtney) at (800) 254-1927, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) or go to the Pottery Barn Web site at www.potterybarn.com

Media Contact: Leigh Oshirak at (415) 438-8106.

The CPSC release number is 04-186. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04186.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND FRIEDRICH AIR CONDITIONING CO. ANNOUNCES RECALL OF PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONING (PTAC) UNITS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Friedrich Air Conditioning Company of San Antonio, Texas announces recall of Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning (PTAC) Units.

Product: Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning (PTAC) units. The PTAC units are mainly used in hotels, schools and nursing homes.

Hazard: The rotary dial switch on these units can be positioned between the high and low speed fan setting. This can cause the units to overheat and possibly catch fire.

Description: The recall includes all PTAC units in the P series with dates of manufacture between November 1, 2002 and December 31, 2003. The model and serial numbers are written on the nameplate, found behind the plastic front cover, directly below the control panel. Units with serial number LBLP00001 through LCMP9999 are included in the recall. Also included in the recall are “P Series” units that were serviced between June 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003, in which service included the field replacement of the heater assembly. The Friedrich “P Series” PTAC is a light beige color with the “FRIEDRICH” logo on the panel door.

Remedy: Owners of these units should contact Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. for instructions on receiving a free repair. Until the repair is made, consumers should not use the PTACs in the heating mode.

Consumer Contact: To schedule a free, on-site repair, call (800) 664-5698 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday. For any other PTAC recall related matters, call Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. at (866) 585-2366. Additionally, consumers can submit a “PTAC Heater Recall Information Form” on the Internet at www.Friedrich.com. Consumers also can email the firm at PTACrecall@friedrich.com. Owners of these units sold by Friedrich will be notified about this recall. Friedrich also is working with its distributors to locate other owners.

The CPSC release number is 04-186. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml04/04569.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND VORANDO AIR CIRCULATION SYSTEMS, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF PORTABLE ELECTRIC HEATERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Vornado Air Circulation Systems, Inc. of Andover, Kansas, announce recall of portable electric whole room heaters.

Problem: A faulty electrical connection can cause the heater to overheat and stop working, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Description: The recalled portable electric whole room heaters are designed for indoor use and have model numbers 180VH®, VH®, Intellitemp®, EVH®, and DVH®. The model numbers are located on the bottom of each unit. Each heater is about 11 ¾ inches long, 9 ½ inches wide, and about 12 inches tall; weighs about 6 lbs.; and has the “Vornado” name and symbol on the front.

Sold at: Retailers and distributors nationwide, as well as Vornado’s Web site, sold the heaters from July 1991 through January 2004 for between $50 and $120.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled heaters immediately and contact Vornado to arrange for shipping and a repair, free of charge.

Consumer Contact: Contact Vornado at (888) 221-5431 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday or log on to the company’s website at www.vornado.com

The CPSC release number is 04-191. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04191.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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