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"Recall Alerts"

09-08-2003

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), IBM and LiteOn Technology Announce Expansion of Recall Repair Program for G51 and G51t Computer Monitors
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2004 Toyota Sienna


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC), IBM AND LITEON TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF RECALL REPAIR PROGRAM FOR G51 AND G51T COMPUTER MONITORS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) IBM OF Armonk, New York and LiteOn Technology of Taipei, Taiwan announce expansion of recall repair program for G51 and G51t computer monitors. manufactured by LiteOn and sold by IBM. The original recall, which was announced on March 4, 2003, involved 56,000 computer monitors. The expansion includes 63,000 additional G51 and G51t monitors that were manufactured through September 1998. The monitor's circuit board can overheat and smoke, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

The recalled IBM monitors include the G51 CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) and G51t Touch Screen CRT models. The G51 and G51t monitors have the following model numbers on a label on the back of the unit: 6541-02N, 6541-02E, 6541-02S, 6541-Q0N, 6541-Q0E, and 6541-Q0S. The label on the back of the recalled G51 models also has a date of manufacture between June 1997 and September 1998. The "IBM" logo can be found on the front of the units, which were manufactured in China, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

IBM, MicroTouch Systems, and major retail stores nationwide, including Best Buy, CompUSA, Office Max, and Radio Shack, sold the monitors from June 1997 through December 1998 for about $370.

Consumers should stop using these monitors immediately and contact the IBM Repair Center toll-free at (866) 644-3155 between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday to confirm whether their monitor is covered by the recall. Consumers with a recalled unit will receive a free inspection and repair or a replacement unit. For more information, consumers can log on the company's website at www.ibm.com/pc/g51recall.

The CPSC release number is 03-176. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03176.html


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2004 TOYOTA SIENNA

Component: Fuel System, gasoline: storage: tank assembly.

Summary: On certain sport utility vehicles, a part of the fuel tank may become damaged when crashed in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 40 mph Frontal Offset Crash Test Conditions, due to the severe impact forces generated.

Consequence: If the fuel tank becomes damaged and fuel leakage occurs, a fire may result in the presence of an ignition source.

Remedy: Dealers will remove the fuel tank. Owner notification is expected to begin during late August or early September 2003. Owners should contact Toyota at (800) 331-4331.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V291000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/

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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