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"Recall Alerts"

11-16-2007

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. American Honda Motor Corp. Recalls Lawn Mowers Due to Fire Hazard
  2. Coby Electronics Recalls DVD/CD/MP3 Players Due to Fire Hazard
  3. Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Recalled by Carrier Due to Fire Hazard
  4. Hunter Fan Recalls Humidifiers for Fire Hazard


(1) AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CORP. RECALLS LAWN MOWERS 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: Honda HRX217KHXA and HRX217KHMA Lawn Mowers

Units: About 22,000

Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Corp., of Torrance, Calif.

Hazard: Due to a manufacturing defect, a crack can occur in the fuel tank causing a fuel leak. If gasoline leaking from the fuel tank is ignited, a fire or explosion can occur.

Incidents/Injuries: American Honda Motor Corp. has received six reports of fuel leakage. No fires or injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves HRX walk-behind lawn mowers with model numbers HRX217KHXA and HRX217KHMA. Only serial numbers from 1400001 through 1453714 are included in the recall. The model and serial number are printed on a label located on the upper rear of the deck. The lawn mower is dark gray with a red engine cover.

Sold at: Honda Lawn and Garden dealers nationwide, including The Home Depot stores, from January 2007 through September 2007 for between $800 and $900.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled lawn mowers immediately and contact any Honda Lawn and Garden dealer to have the fuel tank replaced. Registered owners of the recalled lawn mowers will be mailed a notice.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Honda at (800) 426-7701 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.hondapowerequipment.com


(2) COBY ELECTRONICS RECALLS DVD/CD/MP3 PLAYERS 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: Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Players

Units: About 12,000

Importer: Coby Electronics Corp., of Maspeth, N.Y.

Hazard: The portable DVD/CD/MP3 players can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Coby Electronics Corp. has received three reports of the units overheating, one of which involved minor property damage from a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves two different portable DVD/CD/MP3 players:

ProductModel NumberDescription
5” TFT Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player with TV Tuner and Digital AM/FM TunerTF-DVD170Product is spherical in shape with a 5” TV screen in front. The name “COBY” is written above the screen. The model number can be found on the bottom of the unit.
5.6” TFT Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player and NTSC TV TunerTF-DVD176Product is spherical in shape with a 5.6” TV screen in front. The name “COBY” is written above the screen. The model number can be found on the bottom of the unit.

Sold at: Discount, electronics, music, toy, and office supply stores, as well as distributors of electronics products, nationwide from May 2006 through October 2007 for between $140 and $170.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the portable DVD/CD/MP3 players and contact the firm for information on returning the units and receiving a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Coby Electronics Corp. toll-free at (877) 231-9240 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.cobyusa.com


(3) PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONERS AND HEAT PUMPS RECALLED BY CARRIER 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: Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and Heat Pumps (PTHP)

Units: About 185,000

Manufacturer: Carrier Corp., of Farmington, Conn.

Hazard: An electric heater in the unit can break, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Carrier has received five reports of electric heater failures, resulting in fires contained to the unit. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Carrier-brand packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHP) manufactured between 2002 and 2005. Model numbers included in the recall are 52C, 52P, and unbranded model 84 units sold through the Bryant and FAST channels. Serial and model numbers are located on the rating/data plate on the right front of the unit, underneath the removable front panel. A complete list of the serial numbers involved in this recall can be found at www.carrierptacrecall.com. The units were sold with 208/230 and 265 volts, and have capacities of 7,000, 9,000, 12,000, and 15,000 BTUs.

Sold by: HVAC dealers and factory-direct sales from January 2002 through December 2006 for between $425 and $675.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the heating mode of the recalled units until they are inspected in accordance with Carrier’s inspection instructions, which can be found at www.carrierptacrecall.com. Consumers should contact Carrier to receive a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Carrier at (800) 761-8492 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.carrierptacrecall.com


(4) HUNTER FAN RECALLS HUMIDIFIERS FOR 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 products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Warm Mist Carefree Humidifier

Units: About 84,000

Manufacturer: Hunter Fan Co., of Memphis, Tenn.

Hazard: Water used in the humidifier can leak into the unit’s electrical compartment, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Hunter has received four reports of incidents involving a water leak, including one report of a fire resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Warm Mist CareFree humidifiers sold in white and black with blue or green tinted water tanks. “Hunter” and “NiteGlo” are printed on the humidifier. Model numbers are listed on a white label on the bottom of the humidifier. Model numbers and tank sizes are listed in the chart below.

Model NumbersNameSizeDescription
36200Carefree® Humidifier Warm Mist2 GallonWhite plastic with a blue tinted water tank
35201, 36201Carefree® Humidifier Warm Mist2 GallonWhite plastic with a blue tinted water tank
35202, 36204CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2 GallonWhite plastic with a blue tinted water tank
35203, 36203, 37203CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2 GallonWhite plastic with a green tinted water tank
35207, 36207CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2 GallonWhite plastic with a blue tinted water tank
35253, 36253CareFree® Humidifier Warm Mist2.5 GallonBlack plastic with a blue tinted water tank



Picture of Recalled Humidifier
36200
Picture of Recalled Humidifier
35201
36201
Picture of Recalled Humidifier
35202
36204
Picture of Recalled Humidifier
35203
36203
37203
Picture of Recalled Humidifier
35207
36207
Picture of Recalled Humidifier
35253
36253

Sold at: Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, discount and hardware stores nationwide, as well as through mail order catalogs and Web retailers from September 2005 through February 2007 for between $40 and $65.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled humidifiers. Consumers should contact Hunter Fan to receive a free replacement humidifier or refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hunter Fan Co. toll-free at (877) 288-1145 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.hunterfan.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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