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"Recall Alerts"

10-27-2006

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Sony Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Previous Fires
  2. ITT Water Technology Inc. Expands Recall of Faulty Pumps for Fire Suppression Systems


(1) SONY RECALLS NOTEBOOK COMPUTER BATTERIES DUE TO PREVIOUS FIRES

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rechargeable, lithium ion batteries containing Sony cells used in Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation, Gateway Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. notebook computers.

Units: About 340,000 batteries (an additional 3,080,000 battery packs were sold worldwide)

Battery Cell Manufacturer: Sony Energy Devices Corp., of Japan

Hazard: These lithium ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 16 reports of notebook computer batteries overheating, causing minor property damage and two minor burns. All of these reported incidents and injuries have been associated with earlier recalls of notebook computer batteries containing these Sony cells. There have been no incidents involving batteries sold by the notebook manufacturers participating in this announcement.

Description: These lithium ion batteries were sold with, or sold separately to be used with, the following notebook computer models:

Computer ManufacturerComputer ModelBattery Model
FujitsuLifeBook: P1510, P1510D, P7120, P7120D, S7020, S7020D, C1320D, Q2010, T4210CP229720-01, CP229725-01, CP234003-01, CP234019-01, CP255100-01, CP255108-01, CP267910-01, CP267915-01, CP283030-01, CP293420-01
GatewayGateway: CX200, CX210, E100M, M250, M255, M280, M285, M465, M685, MP8708, NX260, NX510, NX560, NX860, NX100, MX1025, MX6918b, and MX1020j916C4610F, 916C4720F, 916C4730F, 916C5010F, W230
SonySony VAIO: VGN-FE550G, VGN-FE570G, VGN-T240P, VGN-T250, VGN-T250P, VGN-T260P, VGN-T270P, VGN-T340P, VGN-T350, VGN-T350P, VGN-T360P, VGN-T370PVGP-BPS3A, VGP-BPS2B
ToshibaPortege: M300, M400/M405, S100/S105
Qosmio: G35
Satellite: R10/R15
Tecra: A2, M3, M4, M5, M6, and S3
PA3191U-4BRS, PA3356U-2BRS, PA3475U-1BRS, PA3191U-5BRS, PA3356U-3BRS, PA3476U-1BRS

The battery model can be found on the battery’s label.

Sold: Directly by Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation, Gateway Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. and through authorized distributors as part of a notebook computer. The computers sold for between $500 and $3000 and the batteries were also sold separately for between $75 and $200, during the following dates:

  • Fujitsu - from June 2005 through October 2006.
  • Gateway - from September 2005 through October 2006.
  • Sony - from December 2004 through October 2006
  • Toshiba - from September 2004 through October 2006.

Manufactured in: Japan, China, Taiwan and Malaysia

Remedy: Consumers should remove the affected batteries from notebook computers until they contact their computer manufacturer and receive further instructions. Batteries covered by this program will be replaced free of charge. Consumers should use only batteries obtained from their computer manufacturer or from an authorized reseller.

Consumer Contact: Customers should contact the manufacturer of their notebook computer to determine if their battery is covered by this program and to request a replacement battery. The contact information for the participating manufacturers is:

The CPSC has also prepared a list of safety tips that consumers should follow when using a notebook computer. The list can be found at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06271.html





Fujitsu

Picture of Fujitsu Notebook Computer Picture of Fujitsu Recalled Battery






Gateway

Picture of Gateway Notebook Computer Picture of Gateway Recalled Battery






Sony

Picture of Sony Notebook Computer Picture of Sony Recalled Battery Picture of Sony Recalled Batteries



Toshiba
Picture of Toshiba Notebook Computer
Picture of Toshiba Recalled Batteries


(2) ITT WATER TECHNOLOGY INC. EXPANDS RECALL OF FAULTY PUMPS FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Name of Product: Goulds Pumps®, Bell & Gossett® and Red Jacket Water Products® Brand Pumps for Fire Suppression Systems

Units: About 3,000 additional units (18,300 units recalled in August 2006)

Manufacturer: ITT Water Technology Inc., of Auburn, N.Y.

Hazard: A mechanical part on these pumps was not fully secured, which can lead to the pump failing during use. If pumps sold with fire suppression systems fail, the risk of fire damage increases. The pump itself does not pose a fire hazard. These pumps were previously recalled for the same hazard in August 2006. The recall has now been expanded to include additional date codes and the dates sold have been expanded.

Incidents/Injuries: ITT Water Technology Inc. has received one report of a pump failing to start during a system test. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled pumps are general in purpose, but are sometimes used in fire suppression systems. The pumps were sold under the Goulds Pumps, Bell & Gossett and Red Jacket Water Products brands. The pumps can be identified by having Model NPE, NPO, MCC, MCS, SM or Series 3530 on their nameplate. Recalled pumps were manufactured between December 2005 and September 7, 2006. They have date code M05, A06, B06, C06, D06, E06, F06, G06, H06 or J06. The date code is the first three digits of the serial number on the pump nameplate.

Sold at: Pump distributors nationwide from December 2005 through September 2006 for about $800.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Installers of fire suppression systems will be contacted by ITT Water Technology Inc. to schedule an inspection and replacement. Please contact ITT Water Technology Inc. if you have not been contacted yet.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call ITT Water Technology Inc. at (800) 984-9199 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit one of the company’s Web sites at www.goulds.com, www.bellgossett.com or www.redjacketwaterproducts.com

Picture of Recalled NPE Water Pump
NPE

Picture of Recalled NPO Water Pump
NPO

Picture of Recalled MCC Water Pump
MCC

Picture of Recalled MCS Water Pump
MCS

Picture of Recalled Series 3530 Water Pump
Series 3530
Picture of Recalled Red Jacket Model SM Water Pump
Red Jacket Model SM




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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