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"Recall Alerts"

12-15-2003

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 Barnett of the Caribbean Announce Recall of Showerhead Hot Water Heaters
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc. Announce Recall of Snow Play Candleholder
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and MAAX Spas Announce Recall of Infinity and Lifestyle Spas


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND BARNETT OF THE CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCE RECALL OF SHOWERHEAD HOT WATER HEATERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Barnett of the Caribbean Announce Recall of Showerhead Hot Water Heaters.

Hazard: The showerhead hot water heaters are attached to the shower's water supply piping and connected to a household's electrical supply source when central hot water is not available. Undersized wiring prevents this unit from being suitable in wet locations, the rotary switch is not waterproof and the installation instructions fail to recommend an electrical junction box, but instead recommends tape. Another hazard is the plastic enclosure which poses an electrocution and fire hazard.

Description: Showerhead heaters involved in the recall include model numbers 194310 and 192033. The model numbers are printed on the front of the unit. The heaters are packaged in a clear, plastic bag with card, or in a printed box that reads in part, "Sintex Super Ducha," "Sintex Electronic," and "Made in Brazil."

Remedy: Consumers should contact the retailer where the product was purchased or Barnett of the Caribbean for more information on returning the product for a refund.

Consumer Contact: Call Barnett of the Caribbean toll-free at (800) 368-0809 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.e-barnett.com.

The CPSC release number is 04-044. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04044.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND HOME INTERIORS AND GIFTS, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF SNOW PLAY CANDLEHOLDER

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc. Announce Recall of Snow Play Candleholder.

Hazard: Flames from the votive candle can set fire to the rope linking three “sledding” snowmen.

Description: The recalled candleholder is about 6 inches high and is packaged in a box with “Home Interiors” written on the top of the box. Each candleholder has three snowmen linked by a small rope, “sledding” down a hill around the votive candleholder. The snowmen are painted red, blue, and green.

Remedy: Stop using the candleholder immediately and return the candleholder to Home Interiors & Gifts, 2901 Trade Center, Suite 100, Carrollton, Texas 75007, Attn: Snow Play Recall. Consumers should clearly mark the outside of the box with their name, return address, and total number of candleholders being returned, to receive a $20 gift certificate from Home Interiors for the full purchase price and shipping expense.

Consumer Contact: Consumers may call Home Interiors toll-free on (800) 818-2062 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site: www.homeinteriors.com.

The CPSC release number is 04-046. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04046.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND MAAX SPAS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF INFINITY AND LIFESTYLE SPAS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and MAAX Spas Announce Recall of Infinity and Lifestyle Spas.

Spa Manufacturer: MAAX Spas, of Beamsville, Ontario, Canada.

Circulating Pump Motor Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Electrical Products Co., of Tipp City, Ohio.

Motor Capacitor Manufacturer/Distributor: Motor Capacitors Inc., of Chicago, Illinois.

Hazard: The motor capacitor, which is a component of the circulating pump, can overheat. This poses a fire hazard.

Description: The recall involves Infinity and Lifestyle model spas manufactured by MAAX Spas. Only MAAX Spas equipped with a Motor Capacitor Inc. capacitor are included in this recall. Units that contain the capacitor have a label on the motor that reads, “Tiny Might.” Various models of the spas are included in the recall. Contact the MAAX Spa Fulfillment Center to determine if your model is included in the recall.

Remedy: Contact the MAAX Spa Fulfillment Center to arrange for installation of a free replacement pump motor capacitor.

Consumer Contact: Contact the MAAX Spa Fulfillment Center at (877) 259-0289 between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC release number is 04-047. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04047.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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