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"Recall Alerts"

09-30-2002

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall Affecting Nissan 2003 Infinity G35
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Invensys Building Systems Announce Recall of Siebe Actuators
  3. Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall Affecting Ford 2002 Crown Victoria


(1) HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL AFFECTING NISSAN 2003 INFINITY G35

Nissan has recalled the 2003 Infinity G35 because the fuel pump hose may not have been properly attached. The fuel hose connection for the outlet of the fuel pump which is located at the top of the fuel tank may not have been properly attached. Some fuel will discharge from the fuel pump. If this should occur in the presence of an external ignition source, a fire could result.

The National Highway Safety Administration Campaign No. is 02V245000. A link to NHTSA is http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND INVENSYS BUILDING SYSTEMS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF SIEBE ACTUATORS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Invensys Building Systems, of Love Park, Ill., announce recall of up to 560,000 Siebe actuators for testing and replacement, if necessary, which could be found in fire and smoke dampers. Actuators hold open fire and smoke dampers in a building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A spring mechanism, integrated with the damper, is designed to close the damper during a fire to limit the spread of smoke, fire and fumes. The recalled actuators can jam, and prevent the dampers from closing. If dampers fail to close during a fire, serious injury or death can be suffered by building occupants because smoke, fire and fumes can spread through a building's ventilation system.

These MA-200 and MA-200-1 series actuators were used in fire and smoke dampers that were manufactured by various companies from December 1993 through October 1999, which were installed by private contractors in commercial and residential buildings. The actuators have manufacture date codes of 9348 through 9947.

Building owners and managers whose buildings have dampers containing Invensys/Siebe actuators should immediately contact Invensys' Program Coordination Office at (877) 481-2372 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday. A web site where building owners can obtain a complete copy of the program information has been established at http://www.regcen.com/MA200.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 03-003, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03003.html


(3) HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL AFFECTING FORD 2002 CROWN VICTORIA

2002 Crown Victoria recalled by Ford because of a potential fuel leak.

On certain natural gas model vehicles, a t-fitting that connects fuel tanks #3 and #4 can develop a leak when the solenoid valves are energized, such as when the ignition switch is in the on position or during refueling.

A gas leak of sufficient quantity concentrated in an area to create an ignition source could result in a fire.

Consumers should contact Ford at (866) 436-7332. NHTSA Campaign ID Number: is 02V249000. A link to NHTSA is http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/.

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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