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"Recall Alerts"

10-22-2001

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 Whirlpool Announce Recall of Microwave-Hood Combinations
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Water Heater Co. Announce Recall to Replace Burners in Gas Water Heaters
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Norcold, Inc. Announce Recall of Refrigerators
  4. Consumer Produce Safety Commission (CPSC) and Wolf Range Co., Inc. and Wolf Appliance Co. Announce Recall of Gas Ranges


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND WHIRLPOOL ANNOUNCE RECALL OF MICROWAVE-HOOD COMBINATIONS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Whirlpool Corp., of Benton Harbor, Michigan, is voluntarily recalling about 1.8 million microwave-hood combinations. These units can overheat and catch fire.

Whirlpool has received seven reports of fires involving these microwave- hood combinations. These incidents have resulted in extensive property damage.

These are microwave oven and exhaust fan hood combination units that are installed above ranges. They were sold under the Whirlpool®, KitchenAid® and Kenmore® brand names, with serial numbers that begin with XC. Open the door to locate the serial and model numbers. Department, electronics, home and appliance stores, as well as builder and remodelers, sold the microwave-hood combinations nationwide from January 1998 through September 2001 for between $249 and $749.

Consumers can contact Whirlpool at (800) 785-8897 anytime. Consumers also can visit Whirlpool's web site at www.whirlpool.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson. The release number is 02-018, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02018.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND AMERICAN WATER HEATER CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPLACE BURNERS IN GAS WATER HEATERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Water Heater Co., of Johnson City, Tennessee, is voluntarily recalling about 16,000 gas-fired water heaters to replace the gas burners. The burners could produce excess carbon monoxide (CO), posing a risk of CO poisoning to consumers.

Only natural gas water heaters sold under the following brand names are included in the recall: American Proline, Envirotemp, Mor-Flo, Powerflex, Premier Plus and US Craftmaster. The serial number, located on the data plate on the front of the water heater, starts with 0124 through 0127. The water heaters were sold in both short and tall profiles, and have 30, 40, 50 and 75 gallon capacities. Other model water heaters sold by the American Water Heater Co. are not included in this recall.

Consumers should contact the American Water Heater Co. immediately to arrange for a free repair. Contact the firm at (800) 999-9515 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. Consumers also can reach the firm by fax at (800) 999- 5210 or by email at support@americanwaterheater.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles. The release number is 02-020, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02020.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND NORCOLD, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF REFRIGERATORS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Norcold Inc., of Sidney, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling 360 free-standing, combination gas and electric refrigerators. Tubing in the cooling unit can crack and leak flammable gas, presenting a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Norcold has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled refrigerators are white, with black trim on the front, and have the Norcold logo on the bottom left corner of the control panel. The refrigerators have cooling unit serial numbers within the range of 1038000 to 1099000, which can be found on the black canister at the bottom right of the back of the refrigerator.

Specialty retailers nationwide sold the refrigerators from May 1999 through January 2000 for about $900.

Consumers should disconnect the electricity to these refrigerators and call Norcold toll-free at (800) 767-9101 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to schedule a free, in-home repair.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson. The release number is 02-021, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02021.html


(4) CONSUMER PRODUCE SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND WOLF RANGE CO., INC. AND WOLF APPLIANCE CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF GAS RANGES

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wolf Range Co. Inc., of Compton, Calif., and Wolf Appliance Co. LLC, of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, are recalling about 15,000 residential gas ranges for repair. Wolf Appliance Co. acquired the product line in January 2000. Delayed ignition of gas in the ovens and broilers can put consumers at risk of burn injuries and fires.

These gas ranges were sold under the Wolf® and Wolf Gourmet® brand names, which are written on the front of the ranges. These are 30- inch, 36-inch, 48-inch, and 60-inch natural gas and LP ranges with the following serial numbers: 60-10000000 through 60-1099999 and 11000957 through 11006106. In most units, the serial number is located on the left side of the range beneath the removable burner pan on the range top. On some 48 inch models, the serial number is located in the same area on the right side. The ranges were either stainless steel or black steel.

Consumers who purchased the range before January 1, 2000 should call Wolf Range Co. toll-free at (866) 674-3554 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday. Consumers who purchased the range on or after January 1, 2000 should call Wolf Appliance Co. toll-free at (800) 332-9513 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers who are unsure of the date of purchase can call either number and the operator will help them determine which firm to contact.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles. The release number is 02-022, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The CPSC release can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02022.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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