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"Recall Alerts"

09-01-2003

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 CFM Keanall Announce Recall of Gas Grills
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Hayward Pool Products, Inc. Announce Recall of Pool Heaters
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Academy Sports and Outdoors Announce Recall of Propane Heaters


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CFM KEANALL ANNOUNCE RECALL OF GAS GRILLS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and CFM Keanall of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada announce recall of about 1,500 Great Outdoors “Horizon” gas grills.

Hazard: Certain wind conditions blowing at these grills can cause overheating or flashbacks under the control panel. Flames could damage the hose that supplies gas to the burner, causing an uncontrolled flame. Also, flames could come in contact with user's hands, resulting in burns.

Description: These are Great Outdoors Gas Grills (Horizon Model) with model number GH450SBP and GH450XBP. The model number is on the CSA approval sticker on the back of the front panel. The recalled grills have the words "Horizon" and "Great Outdoors" on the control panel. These are 36,000 BTU 450-square-inch grills. The grill has a dark blue lid and black plastic side shelves with a black frame with a large black front panel. Grills with a florescent label on the carton reading "Contains Safety Enhancement" are not included in the recall. Other model Horizon gas grills are not included in the recall.

Remedy: Contact CFM Keanall to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: Call CFM Keanall toll-free at (888) 532-6255 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday and between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.cfmcorp.com

Media Contact: Sonya Stark, CFM Keanall, at (905) 670-7777.

The CPSC release number is 03-173. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03173.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND HAYWARD POOL PRODUCTS, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF POOL HEATERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Hayward Pool Products, Inc. of Elizabeth, New Jersey announce recall of about 15,800 pool heaters.

Hazard: A malfunctioning circuit board can cause these gas pool heaters to fail to ignite, allowing gas to accumulate in the heater cover. Delayed ignition of built-up gas can result in a fire or explosion causing property damage and injuries.

Description: The recall includes all Hayward H-Series ED2 natural-draft pool heaters with model numbers:
H150ED2 H150PED2 H200ED2 H200PED2 H3503D2
H250PED2 H250PEDH2 H300ED2 H300PED2  
H350PED2 H400ED2 H400PED2 H250ED2  

A manufacturing label displaying the unit's model number and serial number is inside the unit, on the heater floor. Consumers can access the label by removing the front panel of the heater housing. The H-series ED2 Control Bezel assembly (a black box mounted behind the front control panel) encases the defective circuit board.

Remedy: Consumers should shut off the pool heater by switching off the corresponding circuit breaker. Consumer should contact Hayward Pool Products Inc., to schedule the installation of a free replacement control module.

Consumer Contact: Call Hayward Pool Products toll-free at (888) Hayward (429-9273) anytime, or go to their Web site at www.haywardnet.com.

Media Contact: John Neiswanger or Alexander D'Jamoos at (973) 274-8330.

The CPSC release number is 03-174. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03174.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND ACADEMY SPORTS AND OUTDOORS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF PROPANE HEATERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Academy Sports and Outdoors, of Katy, Texas announce recall of about 40,400 Timber Creek Propane Heaters.

Hazard: The heaters can emit high levels of carbon monoxide (CO), posing a risk of CO poisoning to consumers if used indoors.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been reported. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

Description: The heaters have a 6 inch heat reflector and operate with a disposable 16.4-ounce or 14.1-ounce propane tank, sold separately. The product has a chrome neck, a black "on/off" switch, and a black plastic base that houses the propane cylinder.

Remedy: Return the heaters to any Academy Store for a refund.

Consumer Contact: Academy stores at (800) 577-8684 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.academy.com.

The CPSC release number is 03-175. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03175.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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