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"Recall Alerts"

10-07-2002

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 EV Global Motors Announce Recall of Lithium Batteries
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Nikon Announce Recall of CoolPix 2000 Digital Cameras
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Black & Decker (U.S.) Announce Recall of Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND EV GLOBAL MOTORS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF LITHIUM BATTERIES

EV Global Motors Co., of North Hills, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 lithium batteries in Mini E-Bike electric bicycles. The lithium ion batteries in these bicycles can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

The recalled lithium ion batteries are used to power EV Global's folding Mini E-Bike. The battery, which is located in the battery compartment just in front of the seat, is supplied with most models of the Mini E-Bike. The words "mini e-bike" are printed on the side of the bicycle near the steering column. These bicycles are manufactured in Taiwan and the battery packs are assembled in the U.S.

Consumers should contact EV Global at (888) 875-4545 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday through Friday for information on receiving a free replacement battery and charger. Consumers also can log onto the company's web site at www.EVGlobal.com. The firm also will extend the warranty of the battery from 6 months to a year.

The CPSC point of contact is Kim Dulic, release number 02-251, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02251.html.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND NIKON ANNOUNCE RECALL OF COOLPIX 2000 DIGITAL CAMERAS

Nikon Inc., of Melville, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 9,100 Coolpix 2000-model digital cameras imported into the United States. A short circuit can occur in the battery compartment, creating a possible thermal burn hazard to consumers if the battery compartment lid is touched.

The recall includes the Nikon Coolpix 2000-model digital cameras with serial numbers 3010001 to 3060980 and 3510001 to 3561916. The brand name and model number are located on the front of the camera, and the serial number is on the bottom of the camera. The camera is mostly silver-colored with lavender around the lens.

Consumers should contact Nikon to receive a free replacement Coolpix 2000 digital camera. For more information, contact Nikon at (800) 645-6687 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to Nikon's web site at www.nikonusa.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson , release number 02-253, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02250.html.


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND BLACK & DECKER (U.S.) ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CORDLESS ELECTRIC LAWN MOWERS

Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., is voluntarily recalling to repair about 140,000 cordless electric lawn mowers. An electrical component in the lawn mower can overheat, posing a possible fire hazard.

The mowers were sold under both the Black & Decker and Craftsman brand names. The recalled Black & Decker cordless electric lawn mowers have the model number CMM1000 or CMM1000R and date codes from 9534 through 200230, both of which are located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The lawn mowers have either an orange or green deck cover with a black motor cover. The lawn mowers have the words "Black & Decker" and "Cordless" on top of the motor cover.

The Craftsman-brand mowers, which were sold at Sears, have model number 900.370520 and include all date codes. The model number is located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Sears lawn mowers have a dark green deck with a black motor cover. The lawn mowers have the words "Craftsman" and "24 Volt Cordless" on top of the motor cover.

Consumers with either brand recalled lawn mower should call Black & Decker toll-free at (866) 229-5570 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday, or log onto the company's web site at www.blackanddecker.com. to receive information on the free repair. Craftsman mower owners should take their mower to the nearest Sears store or Sears product repair center for a free repair.

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, release number 02-254, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02254.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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