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"Recall Alerts"

12-23-2002

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 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(r) Announce Recall of Motion Lamps
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Elkton Sparkler Announce Recall of Bamboo-Stick Sparklers
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Atico International Announce Recall of Christmas Candles
  4. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Century Tool and Manufacturing Announce Recall of Camping Stoves


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE(R) ANNOUNCE RECALL OF MOTION LAMPS

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(r), of Lebanon, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 27,000 motion lamps. Approximately 6,400 of those lamps were sold to consumers. Wires near the light's socket can become exposed, posing a risk of electric shock or electrocution to consumers.

There have been no reports of incidents or injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The recall involves the Pumpkin and Snowman model motion lamps. The ceramic lamps have liquid-filled globes that become warm and the heat moves the glitter inside. The Pumpkin lamp has orange liquid in its globe, straw hair and a burlap hat. The Snowman wears a black top hat and a red and black scarf. The Snowman's globe is filled with a clear liquid. On the bottom of each lamp is a sticker that reads, "Made in China."

Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores(r) sold the motion lamps nationwide from August 2002 through October 2002 for about $20.

Consumers should stop using and unplug these lamps immediately and contact Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(r) at (888) 645-6516 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a full refund. For more information, consumers can log on to the company's web site at www.crackerbarrel.com .

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 03-057, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03057.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND ELKTON SPARKLER ANNOUNCE RECALL OF BAMBOO-STICK SPARKLERS

Elkton Sparkler Company Inc., of North East, Md., is voluntarily recalling about 1.7 million boxes of bamboo stick sparklers. The sparklers' bamboo-stick handles can catch fire, burn and disintegrate and emit burning fragments during use. The sparklers present a fire hazard and a risk of burn injury.

CPSC and Elkton Sparkler have received four reports of burns and clothing igniting. Injuries include a 6-year-old girl who received second-degree burns to her ankle and a 3-year-old boy who received a minor burn to his leg when his sweat pants caught on fire.

The recalled sparklers were packaged in a red, white and blue cardboard box and sold with six sparklers per box. Three models of sparklers were sold, including model SP08 measuring 8-inches long, model SP14 measuring 14-inches long, and model SP20 measuring 20-inches long. Labels on the packaging read in part "BAMBOO GOLD SPARKLERS," "6 PIECES," and "MADE IN CHINA."

Variety Stores sold these sparklers nationwide from January 2002 through May 2002 for between $2 and $5 a box.

Consumers should stop using these sparklers immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can contact Elkton Sparklers at (800) 322-3458 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.easylite.com.

The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 03-060, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03060.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND ATICO INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CHRISTMAS CANDLES

Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 60,000 Christmas tealight candles. The wick is not properly set inside the tealight, which may cause the plastic holder to melt and pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Atico has received one report involving melting of the plastic holder; however, no injuries have been reported.

The recalled candles have a clear plastic holder and were available in red, white and green. Some of the candles have the words, "Merry Christmas," "Christmas Morning," "Candy Cane," or "A Christmas Avenue" on the packaging. These candles were manufactured in China.

Eckerds, Kerr Drugs, Snyders Drugstore, and Farmacias El Amal stores nationwide sold the candles from September 2002 through December 2002 for between $2.50 and $4.

Consumers should stop using the candles immediately and return them to the store from which they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers also can receive a refund by returning the candles to Atico International USA Inc, 501 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. For more information, consumers can call Atico at (800) 645-3867 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 03-061, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03061.html


(4) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CENTURY TOOL AND MANUFACTURING ANNOUNCE RECALL OF CAMPING STOVES

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Century Tool and Manufacturing Co. Inc., of Cherry Valley, Ill, is voluntarily recalling about 6,300 propane-powered camping stoves. The burner assembly in the stoves can restrict the flow of gas, which can cause a leak. The leaking gas can ignite and weaken the hose, causing it to separate from the stove and pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Century Tool and Manufacturing has received eight reports of hoses separating from the stove, causing one minor injury.

The recalled stoves include the Century, Hillary, and LL Bean brand names. The stoves have a drip tray, two or three burners, and a black or green base with a label identifying the brand name. The manufacturing date (050202 through 073102) and model number (4660, 4665, 4675, 4730, 4960, 72861, and 4960LLB) are printed on the inside of the stove's lid. The stoves were manufactured in the United States.

Sporting goods, camping supply and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold these stoves from May 2002 through September 2002 for up to $90.

Consumers should stop using the recalled stoves immediately and call Century at (800) 435-4525 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday though Friday to receive information on replacing their stove. Consumers can also write to Century Tool and Mfg. Company, P.O. Box 188, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 or visit the company's website at www.centurytoolmfg.com.

Century 4660 - 2 Burner Century 4665, 4675 - 2 Burner
Century 4730 - 3 Burner Century 4960 - 2 Burner Matchless
Hillary 72861 - 2 Burner Matchless 4960 LL Bean - 2 Burner Matchless
The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 03-063, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03063.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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