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"Recall Alerts"

09-07-2007

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Shindaiwa Inc. Announces Recall of Backpack Blowers Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Electric Heaters Recalled by Aloha Housewares Due to Fire Hazard
  3. B&F System Inc. Recalls Emergency Tool Kits Due to Fire and Shock Hazards
  4. Berko Electric Toe-Space Heaters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard


(1) SHINDAIWA INC. ANNOUNCES RECALL OF BACKPACK BLOWERS 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: Shindaiwa Backpack Blowers

Units: About 22,000

Importer: Shindaiwa Inc., Tualatin, Oregon

Hazard: The muffler’s outer shell can melt allowing exhaust gas to exit from the bottom or back side of the muffler. The exhaust gas may cause damage to the fuel tank creating a possible fire hazard for the user.

Incidents/Injuries: Shindaiwa is aware of one incident where a small muffler fire was involved with no property damage and no injuries.

Description: This recall involves Shindaiwa Models EB8510 and EB8510RT. All models up to serial #7025018 are included. After serial number 7025018, the leaf blower has been upgraded with stainless steel muffler shells. The backpack blowers weight approximately 24 pounds and include Serial Numbers through February 2007 production (S/N 702XXXX) which are located on the side label. These machines are blue with a red label that reads, Shindaiwa.

Sold by: Shindaiwa dealers nationwide from September 2005 through May 2007 for about $600.

Manufactured by: Shindaiwa Kogyo Co., Ltd., Hiroshima, Japan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the backpack blowers immediately and contact Shindaiwa for the closest dealer location to schedule a free muffler replacement. Consumers who have registered their equipment should have already received correspondence from Shindaiwa about this recall.

Consumer Contact: For more information contact Shindaiwa at (800) 521-7733 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.shindaiwa.com



(2) ELECTRIC HEATERS RECALLED BY ALOHA HOUSEWARES 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: “Aloha Breeze” Portable Electric Heaters

Units: About 281,000

Importer/Distributor: Aloha Housewares, Inc. of Arlington, Texas

Hazard: The heater can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Aloha Housewares has received seven reports of heaters melting, smoking or catching fire, including one report of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled electric heaters are white-colored with the name “Aloha Breeze” printed on the front. The recall includes model number 05226 with date codes of 07/05, 08/05 and 11/05. The model number and date code are printed on the silver label located on the bottom of the heater.

Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from July 2005 to July 2007 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled heaters immediately and contact the firm for instructions on receiving a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Aloha Housewares at (800) 295-4448 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or send an e-mail to ahitexaslg@aol.com


(3) B&F SYSTEM INC. RECALLS EMERGENCY TOOL KITS DUE TO FIRE AND SHOCK 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: Emergency Tool Kits

Units: About 43,000

Distributor: B&F System Inc., of Dallas, Texas

Hazard: Booster cables in the recalled kits can have undersized wiring and inadequate connections, posing a fire and shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled emergency tool kits have booster cables in combination with other tools and safety equipment. The recall includes the following models:

#MTHEK41 - Yorkcraft™ 41 piece SAE & Metric kit

#MTHEKSM - Yorkcraft™ 6 piece kit

#MTHEKREF - Yorkcraft™ 15 piece kit

#MTHEK15 - Yorkcraft™ 15 piece kit

#MTEKIT2 - Yorkcraft™ Emergency Tool Kit

Sold at: Flea markets and various Internet sites nationwide from June 2003 through May 2007 for between $5 and $45.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the booster cables in the recalled kits immediately and contact the firm to receive a refund for the cost of the cables.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact B&F System toll-free at (877) 586-2926 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.bnfusa.com


(4) BERKO ELECTRIC TOE-SPACE HEATERS RECALLED 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 Products: Toe-Space Electric Heaters

Units: About 84,000

Manufacturer: Berko Electric, of Peru, Ind., now known as Marley Engineered Products, of Bennettsville, S.C.

Hazard: If the fan stops working and the heater continues to run, the unit can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Marley has received 29 reports of fires resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves electric, toe-space heaters typically installed in kitchens and bathrooms at floor level in the recessed space under cabinets. The recall includes Berko Electric catalog numbers TS, TS-1 and TS-1A and Emerson Electric "Chromalox Comfort Heating" and "Environmental Products" catalog number KSH2000. The heater is controlled by a wall thermostat or a thermostat mounted on the front of the heater. The heater has a removable, black metal grille that measures 23 1/2 -inches wide and 3 1/2 -inches tall with five sets of openings, each with seven horizontal louvers.

Sold by: Berko Electric wholesale distributors nationwide from 1972 through February 1985 and Emerson Electric wholesale distributors from 1980 through February 1985 for between $70 and $170.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off the heater at the thermostat and, if possible, at the home’s circuit breaker or fuse. Consumers should contact Marley to determine if they have a recalled heater and for further instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Marley at (800) 642-4328 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.berkomep.com/ts.htm

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.

Please direct comments, suggestions, stories, and other items to the author by e-mail at palynch@cozen.com

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