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"Recall Alerts"

11-11-2002

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 Stihl Inc. Announce Recall of Chain Saws
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Jason International Inc. Announce Recall of Air-Whirlpool baths


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND STIHL INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CHAIN SAWS

Stihl Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 chain saws. Fuel can leak out of the chain saw's tank, which could cause a fire or injury hazard to consumers.

The recalled Stihl chain saws include model number MS 170 and MS 180 C with serial numbers 255120848 through 255122797 and 255739074 through 255741150. The name "Stihl" and the model numbers are located on the starter housing. The serial number is printed on the housing near the bumper spikes. These chain saws were manufactured in Virginia Beach, Va.

Consumers should return the chain saws to the dealer where purchased for a free repair. For more information, consumers can contact Stihl at (800) 610-6677 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log on to the company's website at www.stihlusa.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 03-037, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03037.html.


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND JASON INTERNATIONAL INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF AIR-WHIRLPOOL BATHS

Jason International Inc., of North Little Rock, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 800 Jason AirMasseurTM and Air Whirlpool Baths. Air baths release heated bubbles into the water. A heating element on these baths can fail to shut off, posing a fire hazard.

Jason has received one report of a fire involving one of these baths, which resulted in minor damage. No injuries have been reported.

The baths were sold under the brand name Jason AirMasseurTM and Air-Whirlpool Baths, which is written on the bath's control keypad. They have a serial number located on the underside of the bath that can be viewed by removing the equipment access panel. Consumers must check with the firm to determine if their bath is included in the recall.

Plumbing distributors and kitchen and bath showrooms sold these baths nationwide from January 2002 through September 2002 for about $3,000.

Consumers should check their bath's serial number and call to determine if their bath is part of the recall. They should call the Jason Technical Service Department at (800) 255-5766 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at www.jasoninternational.com. If a bath is included in the recall, consumers should disconnect the electrical supply to their bath by unplugging the equipment or by switching off the circuit breaker immediately, and schedule an appointment for a free repair.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 03-026, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03026.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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