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"Recall Alerts"

11-11-2005

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, Nikon Inc. Announce Recall to Replace Rechargeable Battery Packs Sold with Digital SLR Cameras
  2. CPSC, Thane International Announce Recall of Perfect Air Ultra™ Air Purifiers
  3. CPSC, Pottery Barn Outlet Announce Recall of Halloween Candleholders
  4. CPSC, Target Announce Recall of Tea Light Candles


(1) CPSC, NIKON INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPLACE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACKS SOLD WITH DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS

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: Nikon Rechargeable Battery Packs with Model Number EN-EL3

Units: About 200,000 (About 710,000 Worldwide)

Manufacturer: Nikon Inc., of Melville, N.Y.

Hazard: These battery packs can short circuit, causing them to overheat and possibly melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Nikon has confirmed four reports of incidents of the problem worldwide with no reports of injuries.

Description: The recall involves the Nikon rechargeable lithium ion battery pack with model number EN-EL3, which is written on the side of the battery. The batteries are rated at 7.4V/1400mAh, which also is written on the battery. The battery is included as a power source for Nikon’s digital SLR D100, D70, and D50 model cameras. The battery pack was also sold separately.

Sold at: Camera, mass merchandise, catalog, Internet, and office supply stores nationwide from May 2004 through November 2005 for about $50 for the battery only and about $800 to $1500 when sold with the digital SLR camera.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers with battery backs with model number EN-EL3 should contact Nikon’s Web site to determine if it is included in the recall. If so, they should stop using it immediately. Nikon will provide a free replacement battery pack.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Nikon Inc. Customer Service at (800) 645-6678 anytime, or access Nikon’s Web site at www.nikonusa.com





(2) CPSC, THANE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE RECALL OF PERFECT AIR ULTRA™ AIR PURIFIERS

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: Perfect Air Ultra™ Air Purifiers

Units: About 35,000

Manufacturer: Well Brain International Ltd., of Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong, China

Retailer: Thane International Inc., of La Quinta, Calif.

Hazard: An overheating capacitor in these air purifiers can cause arcing in a connecting wire which poses the risk of fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Thane has received six reports of incidents involving these air purifiers catching on fire or melting. Thane has also received six units which were returned by customers and show some evidence of melting and/or charring. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The Perfect Air Ultra™ is an air filtration device to counter indoor air pollution. It measures approximately 12 inches high, 15 inches wide and 6 inches deep, and weighs about 3.2 pounds. The outer casing is made of white plastic and has a gray function plate that is inserted into the top of the unit. The purifier has four stacked tubular rows with a series of horizontal vents along the length of each row. “Perfect Air Ultra™” is not written on the unit, but is written on the instruction booklet included with the unit.

Sold on: Television infomercials and via direct sales on Thane’s Web site from February 2004 through December 2004 for about $100.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the air purifiers immediately and contact Thane for instructions on how to return them and receive a coupon for credit toward other Thane products.

Consumer Contact: Call Thane toll-free at (800) 895-0986 anytime, visit Thane’s Web site at www.thane.com or email the firm at thane@ecustomerresponse.com


(3) CPSC, POTTERY BARN OUTLET ANNOUNCE RECALL OF HALLOWEEN CANDLEHOLDERS

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: "Spooky Tree Tea-Light Holder"

Units: About 900

Importer/Retailer: Pottery Barn Outlet, of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The recalled candleholders could allow tea lights to have a high flame. This poses a fire hazard and risk of burn injuries to consumers. This product was previously recalled by Pottery Barn on October 16, 2002.

Incidents/Injuries: Pottery Barn Outlet has received one report of a flare up. There are no reported injuries. During the previous recall, there were 10 reports of candleholders flaring and one consumer reported receiving a minor burn from the candle wax.

Description: The recalled candleholders are constructed of black wire and stand about 18 inches high. The tree branches hold six tea light candles in orange glass pots.

Sold at: 13 Pottery Barn Outlet and Williams-Sonoma Marketplace Outlet stores nationwide from September 2005 through October 2005 for about $23.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the candleholders immediately and return them to the Pottery Barn Outlet store for a refund or exchange.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pottery Barn Outlet at (800) 586-5615 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Saturday.


(4) CPSC, TARGET ANNOUNCE RECALL OF TEA LIGHT CANDLES

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: Home® Brand Tea Light Candles

Units: About 290,000

Importer/Distributor: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The recalled candles can burn with a high flame and melt the plastic holders. This poses a fire hazard and a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Target has received reports of 33 incidents, some involving minor property damage. There have been two reports of minor injuries, including a finger cut and a cheek burn from hot wax.

Description: The recalled tea light candles were sold in the following six different scents/colors.

  • Coastal Mist (Blue)
  • Wild Currant (Red)
  • Sandalwood (Brown)
  • Tahitian Vanilla (Ivory)
  • Sonoma Pear (Green)
  • Jasmine (White)
The tea light candles measure 1 ½ inches wide by ¾ inch high. Each of the candles comes in a plastic holder. They were sold 12 candles to a box. "Home" and "Tea lights" are printed on the top of the box. “Distributed by Target Corporation” and the name of the candle scent are printed on the bottom of the box.

Sold at: Exclusively at Target stores nationwide from March 2005 through September 2005 for about $3.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumer should stop using the tea light candles immediately and return them to the nearest Target store for a Target GiftCard worth the value of the returned candle plus applicable state tax.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Target’s Web site at www.target.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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