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"Recall Alerts"

10-14-2005

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. CPSC, A.O. Smith Recall of Water Heaters
  2. CPSC, Wal-Mart Announce Recall of Holiday Candle Gift Sets


(1) CPSC, A.O. SMITH RECALL OF WATER HEATERS

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: 75-Gallon Propane Gas Water Heaters

Units: About 5,000

Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Water Products Co., of Ashland City, Tenn.

Hazard: The water heaters can accumulate soot on the burners, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves 75-gallon propane gas water heaters. The heaters have the name "A.O. Smith," "Reliance," "Apollo," "State," or "Maytag" on the side of the unit. The model number is located on the rating plate. Only units with the model numbers listed below and manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005 are included in the recall.

Brand Name Model Number
Reliance 675CRRS
675CRRSD
S7576PE
Apollo A675CQRSL
A675CRRSL
A675CRRSLCGAD
A. O. Smith BT-80-271
FCG-75-271
PCG-75-271
Maytag HRP11275Q
State GS675CRRS
GS675CRRSD
SBS7576PE
SBS7576PED
SBS7576PECGA
SBS7576PECGAD

If your unit has one of the model numbers listed above, locate the serial number on the rating plate to determine if it was manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005. The serial numbers of units manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005 are listed below.

Month/Date of Manufacture Serial Number Begins With:
Jan-04 MA04 or AA04 or A04
Feb-04 MB04 or AB04 of B04
Mar-04 MC04 or AC04 or C04
Apr-04 MD04 or AD04 or D04
May-04 ME04 or AE04 or E04
Jun-04 MF04 or AF04 or F04
Jul-04 G04
Aug-04 H04
Sep-04 J04
Oct-04 K04
Nov-04 L04
Dec-04 M04
Jan-05 A05
Feb-05 B05
Mar-05 C05
Apr-05 D05
May-05 E05
Jun-05 F05
Jul-05 G05

Installed by: Independent contractors and plumbers nationwide from January 2004 through July 2005 for between $460 and $1,130.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Contact A. O. Smith to arrange for installation of free repair.

Consumer Contact: Contact A.O. Smith toll-free at (866) 880-4661 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.hotwater.com


(2) CPSC, WAL-MART ANNOUNCE RECALL OF HOLIDAY CANDLE GIFT SETS

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: Holiday Time™ Candle Gift Sets

Units: About 48,000

Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Manufacturer: Dan Dee International Ltd., of Jersey City, N.J.

Hazard: The decorative covering on the candles can ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received six reports of the candles catching fire including two incidents that resulted in approximately $6,200 in property damage. Another incident resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: One recalled candle gift set includes three birch bark-covered candles. Each candle measures 3 inches wide but vary in height from 3 to 6 inches. The candles are displayed on a stand with pine cones, cinnamon sticks and red berries. The second recalled candle gift set includes a display stand with three pyramid-shaped candles varying in height from 8 to 12 inches. The candles are either blue with a silver glitter criss-cross pattern or red with a gold glitter criss-cross pattern. Both candle sets were sold under the Holiday Time™ brand name written on the box.

Sold exclusively at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from September 2004 through January 2005 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and return them to Wal-Mart for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dan Dee International at (800) 477-8697 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Wal-Mart’s Web site at www.walmartstores.com

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.

Please direct comments, suggestions, stories, and other items to the author by e-mail at palynch@cozen.com

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