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"Recall Alerts"

09-15-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Pride Products Recalls Counterfeit Extension Cords Due to Fire Hazard
  2. John Deere Gas Barbecue Grills Recalled Due to Fire, Burn Hazards


(1) PRIDE PRODUCTS RECALLS COUNTERFEIT EXTENSION CORDS 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: Extension Cords

Units: About 42,000

Importer: Pride Products Corp., of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

Hazard: The counterfeit extension cords have undersized wiring and no fuse in the cord to provide over-current protection, which can cause overheating and pose a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled cords are brown or white, measure 6, 9, 12, or 15 feet long, are intended for indoors and have a three-outlet extension. Attached to the cord is a silver counterfeit UL holographic label marked "09/99 E157848 UL LISTED CORD SET BV-8021 13A 125V 1625WĒ or ď09/02 E137398 UL LISTED CORD SET BW 5833 13A 125V 1625W.Ē

Sold at: Local discount, drug, and grocery stores nationwide from June 2005 through August 2006 for between $1 and $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled extension cords immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pride Products, at (800) 898-5550 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firmís Web site at www.prideproducts.com


(2) JOHN DEERE GAS BARBECUE GRILLS RECALLED DUE TO FIRE, BURN HAZARDS

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: John Deere Gas Barbecue Grills

Units: About 3,100

Manufacturer: Onward Manufacturing, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Importer: Mi-T-M Corporation, of Peosta, Iowa

Retailer: Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill.

Hazard: Operating the grill in windy conditions can blow the flame under the control panel, causing the grill to overheat or cause flashbacks. Flames could damage the hose that supplies gas to the burner, causing an uncontrolled flame. Also, the grillís control knobs could overheat, resulting in burns to hands.

Incidents/Injuries: Mi-T-M Corporation has received one report of a minor burn received when the user touched a grillís control knob that had overheated due to the flame blowing under the control panel.

Description: These are John Deere Gas Barbecue Grills with model numbers HR-BG6203 and HR-BG5202. The model number is on the CSA approval sticker on the back panel. The recalled grills have a John Deere symbol on the center of the hood and a John Deere decal plate below the control panel. These are 52,000 BTU grills with 460 sq. in. cooking surface. The Model HR-BG6203 includes stainless steel doors, stainless steel side shelves and a side burner rated at 10,000 BTU. The Model HR-BG5202 has stainless steel doors with black plastic side shelves.

Sold at: John Deere dealers from March 2006 through August 2006 for about $600 for the model number HR-BG6203 grill and about $500 for model number HR-BG5202 grill.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these grills and contact Mi-T-M Corp. or the John Deere dealer where the grill was purchased to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: Call Mi-T-M Corp. toll-free at (877) 535-5336 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firmís Web site at www.mitm.com

Media Contact: John Lembezeder, Mi-T-M Corp., at (800) 367-6486, Ext. 208.



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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