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"Recall Alerts"

09-23-2002

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 Chargetek Announce Recall of Battery Chargers
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Northern Tool & Equipment Announce Recall of Air Compressors
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Valor Heating Announce Recall of Wall Mount Gas Fireplaces


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CHARGETEK ANNOUNCE RECALL OF BATTERY CHARGERS

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Chargetek Inc., of Oxnard, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 200 CT-2000 battery chargers used with recreational vehicles, such as boats. A manufacturing defect inside the charger can cause overheating of internal connections or external wiring, presenting a fire hazard.

Chargetek has received three reports of fires involving the CT- 2000. The fires were contained to the charger with minor soot damage to nearby materials. No injuries have been reported.

The chargers were made in the USA and the words "Chargetek CT2000" are printed across the front of the charger's black housing. Indicator lights for charge mode, battery polarity and charge current are also located on the front. Wires for the AC power and three batteries extend from the bottom of the unit. Only models with a serial number in the range of 030260 to 030603 and/or a day code between "Jan 01 2001" and "June 30 2002" are included in the recall. The serial number is written on the top of the charger and the day code is stamped on the bottom.

Specialty product dealers sold these chargers nationwide from January 2001 to June 2002 for between $220 and $260.

Consumers should stop using and disconnect the AC power and the batteries from the chargers immediately. To arrange for a free replacement, consumers should contact Chargetek at (888) 453-4135 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. For more information, consumers can visit the firm's web site at www.chargetek.com.

This recall includes only those Model 191000 and 192000 compressors sold between January and May 2002.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 02-250, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02250.html.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND NORTHERN TOOL & EQUIPMENT ANNOUNCE RECALL OF AIR COMPRESSORS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Northern Tool & Equipment, of Burnsville, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 3,400 electric air compressors. The capacitors on these compressors can overheat, catch fire and ignite the plastic cover above the capacitor.

Northern Tool has received six reports of capacitors overheating or igniting. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled air compressors are Model 191000 and Model 192000. The model number on both units can be found on the shipping carton and invoice. The Model 191000 is a 2.5 HP air compressor with a red, six- gallon capacity tank. A blue "Northern Industrial Tools" label is on the side of the tank. The compressor motor sits on top the tank and is covered with a black plastic shell. The Model 192000 is a 2.5 HP unit with twin two-gallon tanks. The twin tanks are red and stacked vertically on one side of the unit. A blue "Northern Industrial Tools" label is on the side of the top tank. The motor is located at the base of the unit, adjacent to the twin tanks, and is partially covered with a black plastic shell.

Northern Tool sold the recalled Model 191000 and 192000 air compressors through direct mail and Northern Tool specialty stores nationwide from January 2002 to May 2002 for between $110 and $120.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Model 191000 and 192000 air compressors and should contact Northern Tool for a refund. For more information, consumers can contact Northern Tool at (800) 222-5381 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.northerntool.com.

This recall includes only those Model 191000 and 192000 compressors sold between January and May 2002.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 02-249, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02249.html.


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND VALOR HEATING ANNOUNCE RECALL OF WALL MOUNT GAS FIREPLACES

Valor Heating Ltd., of Birmingham, United Kingdom, is voluntarily recalling about 730 direct vent wall mount gas fireplaces. A design defect in the gas control assembly can allow main burner gas to prematurely enter the firebox during lighting. The ignition of this excess gas can cause the glass window to shatter, presenting the risk of burns or cuts from broken glass.

This recall includes model 837AN (natural gas) and 837AP (propane) direct vent wall mount fireplaces made in the United Kingdom. The fireplaces have a glass front and an imitation wooden log set. The "Valor" logo is printed on the bottom front of the fireplace. The model number is printed on a plate in the lower control area.

Consumers should contact Valor at (866) 541-0930 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.valorflame.com.

Products with a label with the words "This unit has been modified in accordance with the rework notice no. 3002783" on the back of the rating plate have already been repaired.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 02-248, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02248.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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