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"Recall Alerts"

10-26-2007

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. J.C. Penney Recalls Shag Rugs Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Christmas Tree Shops Recalls Glitter Candles Due to Fire Hazard
  3. P3 International Recalls IonizAir™ Air Purifiers Due to Risk of Fire


(1) J.C. PENNEY RECALLS SHAG RUGS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

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: “Alyssa” Shag Rugs

Units: About 2,900

Importer: J.C. Penney, of Plano, Texas

Hazard: The rugs fail to meet federal standards for flammability and could ignite, posing a risk of fire and burn injuries to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: This recall involves “Alyssa” shag rugs that were available in the following dimensions: 2’ x 3’ oval, 4’ x 6’ oval, 5’ x 8’ oval, 8’ x 11’ oval, 8’ round, and a 2’ x 6’ rectangular runner. The rugs have a one-inch pile height and were available in four color patterns: red/natural/brown, chocolate/olive/natural, gold/rust/natural, and blue/rust/green/natural.

Sold through: The J.C. Penney catalog and Web site from June 2007 through August 2007 for between $30 and $300.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled rugs immediately and return the rugs to any J.C. Penney store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact J.C. Penney toll-free at (888) 333-6063 anytime or visit the company’s Web site at www.jcp.com


(2) CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPS RECALLS GLITTER CANDLES DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

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: Sequin Glitter Candles

Units: About 9,600

Distributor: Christmas Tree Shops Inc., of South Yarmouth, Mass.

Hazard: The candle’s exterior glitter coating can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of flames or smoke coming from the candle or the exterior coating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves glitter candles in three styles.

UPCSize/Shape
0 00014 42442 73 inches across x 3 inches tall
0 00014 42441 03 inches across x 6 inches tall
0 00014 42444 16 inches tall, teardrop shape

The candles were available in gold, silver and red. The UPC label can be located on the product’s packaging.

Sold at: Christmas Tree Shop retail locations nationwide from November 2006 through December 2006 for between $1.70 and $3.00.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For a list of stores, visit the firm’s Web site.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Christmas Tree Shops toll-free at (888) 287-3232 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.christmastreeshops.com


(3) P3 INTERNATIONAL RECALLS IONIZAIR™ AIR PURIFIERS DUE TO RISK OF FIRE

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: IonizAir™ Table Top Air Purifiers

Units: About 83,000

Importer: P3 International, of New York, N.Y.

Manufacturer: Leaven Enterprise Co., of Taiwan

Hazard: The air purifier’s cartridge can overheat, posing a risk of fire.

Incidents/Injuries: P3 has received 10 reports of purifiers melting or catching fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled air purifier is a tabletop model that is about 6” x 3 1/2” x 11 1/4”. The unit has a removable cartridge with a silver-colored handle. The recall involves model number P4620 with lot numbers beginning with either 03 or 04 or having no lot number. The lot number is located on the bottom of the air purifier. No other models or lot numbers are included in this recall.

Sold at: Various retailers nationwide including mail-order and Internet retailers from January 2003 through July 2004 for between $60 and $90.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using and unplug the recalled air purifier immediately, and contact the firm for a free replacement cartridge.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (888) 734-0449 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.getnewcartridge.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.

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