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"Recall Alerts"

10-28-2005

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, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Announce Recall of Miniature Musical Bells Christmas Trees
  2. CPSC, International Comfort Products LLC Announce Recall to Repair “Packaged Gas Electric” Heating and Cooling Units, or "Gas-Packs"
  3. CPSC, Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. Announce Safety Warning for Jack ‘O Lantern Bucket Candle Holders
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of SPX Filtran Fuel Filters
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of General Motors Power Steering Hose
  6. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Daimler Chrysler Buses
  7. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Kia Vehicles
  8. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of North American Buses
  9. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Isuzu/Honda Vehicles
  10. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Gillig Buses
  11. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Winnebago Recreation Vehicles
  12. CPSC, Dorel Juvenile Group USA Announce Recall to Repair Battery-Powered Ride-On Vehicles


(1) CPSC, CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE® ANNOUNCE RECALL OF MINIATURE MUSICAL BELLS CHRISTMAS TREES

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: Miniature Musical Bells Christmas Trees

Units: About 3,700

Manufacturer: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® of Lebanon, Tenn.

Hazard: The tree could overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Two overheating incidents resulted in trees melting. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: These battery-operated Miniature Musical Bells Christmas Trees have the item number 233010. The tree is about 18-inches high and 8-inches wide with three tiers of bells and a lighted star at the top. Each tree has “Made in China” embossed on the bottom. The trees use eight “AA” 1.5-volt batteries.

Manufactured in: China

Sold at: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations nationwide from August 2005 through September 2005 for $19.99.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these trees immediately and contact Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® for instructions on receiving a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at (888) 296-2721 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.crackerbarrel.com


(2) CPSC, INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS LLC ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPAIR “PACKAGED GAS ELECTRIC” HEATING AND COOLING UNITS, OR "GAS-PACKS"

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: Certain “Packaged Gas Electric” heating and cooling units, or “Gas-Packs”

Units: About 28,700

Manufacturer: International Comfort Products LLC, of Lewisburg, Tenn.

Hazard: The unit's control board can ignite and, in certain units, can result in the ignition of flammable material adjacent to the unit.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of minor property damage. There are no reports of injuries.

Description: The recall involves certain limited “Gas-Packs” sold under the brand names Airquest, Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Heil, Keeprite, Kenmore, ICP Commercial, and Tempstar. The affected units were manufactured between the 41st week of 2000 and the 26th week of 2003, and are installed outside the home. The model and serial numbers of affected units are printed on the unit’s rating plate as shown in the photo below. Model numbers appear in the following typical format: PGC036K060A; serial numbers appear in the following typical format: L004112345. Affected models begin with PGC, PGF, PGS, GPFM, GPSM, or GPCM. Please contact the ICP phone number below with the complete model and serial number from your unit, or visit www.icpusa.com, for assistance in determining whether your unit is covered.

Sold by: Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning dealers and contractors nationwide between October 2000 and September 2005.

Manufactured in: U.S.

Remedy: Consumers with recalled units will receive a free replacement control board and capacitor installed.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact ICP at (800) 649-4706 anytime, or visit the ICP Web site at www.icpusa.com


(3) CPSC, FAR EAST BROKERS AND CONSULTANTS, INC. ANNOUNCE SAFETY WARNING FOR JACK ‘O LANTERN BUCKET CANDLE HOLDERS

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., is warning consumers about 48,500 Jack ‘O Lantern buckets containing eight tea lights. The Halloween decoration is intended for use with a single tea light candle. If all eight candles included with the unit are lit at the same time, it can generate too much heat and pose a fire hazard. The firm has received three reports of fires when consumers lit the eight candles in the bottom of the bucket decoration. The reports include damage to carpets and a table, other minor property damage and one second degree burn.

The Jack ‘O Lantern buckets are tea light candle holders sold in three colors: orange, cream and black. The buckets are about 6.25 inches high and about 7 inches in diameter at the top. They have item number 14609-00 or 14609-02 written on a sticker located on the bottom of the buckets.

Grocery and discount stores nationwide sold these Halloween decorations beginning in July 2005 for between $2 and $3.

Consumers with these decorations are urged to use only a single candle at a time. Also, ensure the wick of the tea light is trimmed according to the instructions on the bottom of the bucket and follow the other burning instructions.

For more information, contact Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. toll-free at (877) 332-9006 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.


(4) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF SPX FILTRAN FUEL FILTERS

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
CARQUEST / 86099 9999
CARQUEST / 86471 9999
FORD / PROBE 1993-1997
MAZDA / 626 1993-2001
MAZDA / MX6 1993-1999
NAPA / 3099 9999
NAPA / 3471 9999
SPX FILTRAN / 800F300-S2 9999
SPX FILTRAN / 800F350-S1 9999
SUBARU / DL 1983-1989
SUBARU / GL 1983-1989 1993
SUBARU / XT 1985-1991
SUBARU / XT-6 1992-1993
SUBARU / XT6 1988-1991
WIX / 33099 9999
WIX / 33471 9999

Manufacturer: SPX FILTRAN

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05E065000

Mfg's Report Date: OCT 04, 2005

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 42962

Summary: CERTAIN SPX FILTRAN FUEL FILTERS WITH A 45-DEGREE ANGLE INLET TUBE, MODEL 800F350-S1, SOLD AS REPLACEMENT FILTERS FOR 1993-1997 FORD PROBE,1993-2001 MAZDA 626 AND MX-6, AND 1983-1994 LOYAL, 3-DOOR COUPE, HATCHBACK, SEDAN, WAGON, BRAT, DL, GL, GL-10, RX, XT, AND XT6 PASSENGER VEHICLES WITH EFI OR TURBO ENGINES. THESE FILTERS ARE PACKAGED AS WIX, NAPA, AND CARQUEST BRAND FUEL FILTERS. CERTAIN SPX FILTRAN FUEL FILTERS WITH A 90-DEGREE ANGLE INLET TUBE, MODEL 800F300-S2, SOLD AS REPLACEMENT FILTERS FOR 19983-1994 SUBARU VEHICLES WITH EFI OR TURBO ENGINES. THESE FILTERS ARE PACKAGED AS WIX, NAPA, AND CARQUEST BRAND FUEL FILTERS. FUEL MAY LEAK FROM THE FILTER DUE TO NON-CONFORMING BRAZING WELDS WHERE THE INLET TUBE IS CONNECTED TO THE FILTER CAN.

Consequence: IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A VEHICLE FIRE CAN OCCUR.

Remedy: SPX WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND PROVIDE A FULL REFUND. THE RECALL BEGAN SEPTEMBER 16, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT MR. DOUG REES AT 312-923-2837.

Notes: CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236; (TTY:1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(5) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF GENERAL MOTORS POWER STEERING HOSE

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
BUICK / RAINIER 2006
CADILLAC / ESCALADE 2006
CHEVROLET / CORVETTE 2005-2006
CHEVROLET / EXPRESS 2006
CHEVROLET / SILVERADO 2005-2006
CHEVROLET / TAHOE 2006
CHEVROLET / TRAILBLAZER 2006
CHEVROLET / TRAILBLAZER EXT 2006
GMC / ENVOY 2006
GMC / ENVOY XL 2006
GMC / SAVANA 2006
GMC / SIERRA 2005-2006
GMC / YUKON 2006
HUMMER / H2 2006
ISUZU / ASCENDER 2006

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V455000

Mfg's Report Date: OCT 04, 2005

Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 123592

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH A POWER STEERING HOSE THAT IS NOT TO SPECIFICATION. UNDER EXTREME STEERING MANEUVERS, SUCH AS TURNING THE STEERING WHEEL FULLY TO THE LEFT OR RIGHT WHILE BRAKING, THE HOSE MAY FRACTURE AND LEAK FLUID.

Consequence: IF THIS WERE TO OCCUR, POWER STEERING ASSIST WOULD BE LOST AND INCREASED STEERING EFFORT WOULD BE REQUIRED. ON VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HYDRO-BOOST POWER BRAKES, IT COULD ALSO RESULT IN LOSS OF POWER BRAKE ASSIST AND INCREASED BRAKING EFFORT WOULD BE REQUIRED. IF THE POWER STEERING FLUID SPRAY WERE TO SPRAY ONTO HOT ENGINE PARTS, AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE COULD OCCUR.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE POWER STEERING HOSE(S) FOR TWO SUSPECT DATE CODES AND REPLACE THEM IF REQUIRED. THE RECALL WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 14, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727, OR HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493.

Notes: GM RECALL NO. 05086. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(6) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF DAIMLER CHRYSLER BUSES

Make / Models: DAIMLERCHRYSLER / SLF

Model/Build Years: 2001-2002

Manufacturer: DAIMLERCHRYSLER COMMERCIAL BUSES NC

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V456000

Mfg's Report Date: OCT 05, 2005

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 123

Summary: ON CERTAIN TRANSIT BUSES EQUIPPED WITH SURE POWER BATTERY EQUALIZERS, P/N 52210 24V/12V 100 AMP SERIES 1, THE EQUALIZERS MAY EXPERIENCE A FAILURE MODE. THESE EQUALIZERS USED AN INDUCTOR WITH THE COILS PROTECTED BY INSULATION. OVER TIME, THE INDUCTOR INSULATION MAY DEGRADE CREATING A SHORT.

Consequence: THE SHORTED INDUCTOR MAY CAUSE THE BATTERY EQUALIZER TO SMOKE OR BURN, AND POSSIBLY RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: SURE POWER WILL NOTIFY DC'S CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE EQUALIZERS FREE OF CHARGE. SURE POWER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SURE POWER AT 1-800-845-6269 EXT. 113.

Notes: CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236; (TTY:1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(7) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF KIA VEHICLES

Make / Models: KIA / SEDONA EX

Model/Build Years: 2002-2004

Manufacturer: KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V463000

Mfg's Report Date: OCT 04, 2005

Component: SEATS

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 74276

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH POWER SEATS, THE WIRING UNDER THE FRONT SEATS COULD BE MISROUTED, ALLOWING CONTACT WITH METAL SEAT COMPONENTS.

Consequence: THIS CONTACT COULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN A SHORT CIRCUIT CONDITION THAT MAY RESULT IN A FIRE IN THE JUNCTION BOX AREA OF THE VEHICLE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND RE-ROUTE THE WIRES UNDER THE POWER SEATS, IF NECESSARY, AS WELL AS INSTALL PROTECTIVE SEAMING WELTS AROUND THOSE WIRES TO BETTER INSULATE THEM. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.

Notes: KIA RECALL NO. SC054. CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236; (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(8) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF NORTH AMERICAN BUSES

Make / Models: NABI / 40LFW

Model/Build Years: 2002-2004

Manufacturer: NORTH AMERICAN BUS INDUSTRIES, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V464000

Mfg's Report Date: OCT 03, 2005

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 222

Summary: ON CERTAIN TRANSIT BUSES MANUFACTURED WITH DETROIT DIESEL SERIES 50 ENGINES, THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE (ECM) WILL NEED TO BE REPROGRAMMED TO ACTIVATE THE EXHAUST TEMPERATURE SENSOR.

Consequence: ENGINE MALFUNCTION COULD POSSIBLE LEAD TO ENGINE AND VEHICLE DAMAGE AND POTENTIAL FOR A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy: NABI IS WORKING WITH DETROIT DIESEL TO REPROGRAM THE ENGINES. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OCTOBER 15, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT NABI AT 256-831-4296.

Notes:NABI RECALL NO. 20054. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV


(9) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF ISUZU/HONDA VEHICLES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
HONDA / PASSPORT 2002
ISUZU / AXIOM 2002-2004
ISUZU / RODEO 2002-2004
ISUZU / RODEO SPORT 2002-2003

Manufacturer: ISUZU MANUFACTURING SERVICES OF AMERICA

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V466000

Mfg's Report Date: OCT 06, 2005

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

Potential Number Of Units Affected:

Summary: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES THAT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO FUEL CONTAMINATED WITH SILICON MAY DEVELOP SMALL PIN HOLES IN THE FUEL PUMP FEED PORT. SILICON HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE FUEL SYSTEMS OF AFFECTED VEHICLES AND IN CERTAIN FUEL AVAILABLE IN THE REGION OF TYLER, TEXAS. THIS RECALL WILL BE LAUNCHED FOR VEHICLES REGISTERED IN TEXAS AND THE FOUR SURROUNDING STATES: OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS, NEW MEXICO AND LOUISIANA.

Consequence: A FUEL LEAK COULD LEAD TO A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy: FOR VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE STATES IDENTIFIED ABOVE, DEALERS WILL PROVIDE A NEW COVER OVER THE EXISTING FEED PORT ON THE FUEL PUMP OR, IF THE EXISTING FEED PORT HAS ALREADY BEEN DAMAGED, DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW FUEL PUMP THAT IS EQUIPPED WITH THE NEW COVER. THE NEW COVER WILL BE MADE OF A DIFFERENT MATERIAL. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN LATE OCTOBER 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727.

Notes: CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236; (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(10) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF GILLIG BUSES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
GILLIG / LOW FLOOR 2003-2004
GILLIG / PHANTOM 2003
Manufacturer: GILLIG CORPORATION

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V473000

Mfg's Report Date: OCT 11, 2005

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:DIESEL

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 5

Summary: ON CERTAIN TRANSIT BUSES MANUFACTURED WITH DETROIT DIESEL SERIES 50 ENGINES, THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE (ECM) WILL NEED TO BE REPROGRAMMED TO ACTIVATE THE EXHAUST TEMPERATURE SENSOR.

Consequence: ENGINE MALFUNCTION COULD POSSIBLE LEAD TO ENGINE AND VEHICLE DAMAGE AND POTENTIAL FOR A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy: GILLIG IS WORKING WITH DETROIT DIESEL TO REPROGRAM THE ENGINES. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DETROIT DIESEL AT 1-313-592-5791 OR GILLIG AT 1-510-785-1500.

Notes: CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(11) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF WINNEBAGO RECREATION VEHICLES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
WINNEBAGO / ITASCA SPIRIT 2004-2006
WINNEBAGO / MINNIE 2004-2005
WINNEBAGO / OUTLOOK 2006

Manufacturer: WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V475000

Mfg's Report Date: OCT 07, 2005

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 3613

Summary: ON CERTAIN MOTOR HOMES BUILT ON FORD CHASSIS, THE FASTENERS HOLDING THE FUEL TANK MOUNTING STRAPS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY TIGHTENED, ALLOWING THE POSSIBILITY FOR THE FUEL TANK TO LOOSEN AND FALL.

Consequence: IF THE FUEL TANK FALLS, THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR THE TANK TO IGNITE, RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY, VEHICLE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND PROPERLY TIGHTEN THE FASTENERS TO THE FUEL TANK STRAPS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OCTOBER 28, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT WINNEBAGO AT 614-585-6939.

Notes: CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236; (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


(12) CPSC, DOREL JUVENILE GROUP USA ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPAIR BATTERY-POWERED RIDE-ON VEHICLES

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: Battery-Powered Ride-On Vehicles

Units: About 141,000

Manufacturer: Dorel Juvenile Group USA, of Columbus, Ind.

Hazard: An electronic malfunction can occur in the ride-on vehicle’s circuit board and/or battery connector, resulting in smoking and melting of components. This poses a vehicle fire hazard and a burn hazard to consumers if components are touched while malfunctioning.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 49 reports of overheating or melting components on the ride-on vehicles. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled battery-powered ride-on vehicles include the Pink Corvette®, Torch Red Corvette®, Yellow Race Car Corvette®, Red Electroplate Corvette®, Fire Engine, and Batmobile® with the model numbers listed in the chart below. They were sold under the brands Safety 1st and Kid Trax by Safety 1st. The ride-on vehicles were manufactured between January 2004 and August 2005. The manufacture date is located on the underside of the unit and is molded into the plastic body as shown below. The circle on left displays the month of manufacture, the circle on the right displays the year of manufacture. The model numbers are located on the underside of the vehicles near the date code.

Ride-On Vehicle Name Model
Safety 1st Pink Corvette® 50503/50503A
Safety 1st Torch Red Corvette® 50504/50504A
Safety 1st Yellow Race Car Corvette® 50505/50505A
Safety 1st Red Electroplate Corvette® 50521/50521A
Kid Trax Fire Engine 50506/50506A
Safety 1st Batmobile® 50527

Sold at: Major toy stores and mass merchandise outlets nationwide under the brands Safety 1st and Kid Trax by Safety 1st from January 2004 through August 2005 for about $300.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled ride-on vehicles away from children immediately and contact the company for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dorel Juvenile Group’s Ride-On hotline toll-free at (866) 611-3022 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.djgusa.com


Month  Year

Pink Corvette®

Torch Red Corvette®

Yellow Race Car Corvette®

Red Electroplate Corvette®

Fire Engine

Batmobile®

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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