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"Recall Alerts"

12-23-2005

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, General Electric Announce Recall of Gas Ranges Posing Fire Hazard
  2. CPSC, Dell Announce Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries
  3. CPSC, Meco Corp. Announce Recall to Repair Gas Grills


(1) CPSC, GENERAL ELECTRIC ANNOUNCE RECALL OF GAS RANGES POSING 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: GE Monogram(r) 36-inch and 48-inch Professional Gas Ranges

Units: About 6,600

Manufacturer: GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: These ranges were manufactured with a design flaw that can cause an electrical arc between the wiring and adjacent gas supply tubes at two locations in the control housing of the range, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: GE has received reports of six incidents of fire in the control area of these ranges. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled GE Monogram built-in ranges include models ZDP48N6RH1SS, ZDP48L6RH1SS, ZDP48N4GH1SS, ZDP48L4GH1SS, ZDP48N6DH1SS, ZDP48L6DH1SS, ZDP36N4DH1SS, and ZDP36L4DH1SS. The recalled ranges have serial numbers starting with DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG, VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH, HH, LH, MH, RH, SH. To find the model and serial number, look underneath the top ledge (also called the "bull nose"), above the range controls. They were manufactured from February 1, 2004 to October 1, 2005.

Sold by: Home builders and by appliance stores nationwide from February 2004 through November 2005 for between $4,000 and $6,000.

Manufactured in: U.S.A.

Remedy: Customers who have purchased one of these recalled ranges should contact GE to schedule a free, in-home repair. Until the repair is completed, consumers should stop using the griddle on the 36-inch and 48-inch models, and the left front burner on the 48-inch models. The large oven and all other burners can be used.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should call the Recall Hotline at (866) 696-7583 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET on Saturdays to see if their range is included in this recall, and to arrange for a free service call. Information on the recall is also included in the Recall Information page at http://GEAppliances.com

Firm's Media Contact: All media calls should be referred to Kim Freeman, GE Consumer & Industrial global public relations manager, at (502) 452-7819 or kim_freeman@ge.com

To view this recall online, please visit our website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06055.html


(2) CPSC, DELL ANNOUNCE RECALL OF NOTEBOOK COMPUTER BATTERIES

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: Dell Notebook Computer Batteries

Units: About 22,000 in the U.S.

Manufacturer/Distributor: Dell Inc., of Round Rock, Texas

Hazard: These batteries can overheat, which could pose a fire risk.

Incidents/Injuries: Dell has received three reports of batteries overheating. The incidents involved damage to a tabletop, a desktop, and minor damage to personal effects. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled batteries were sold with the following Dell notebook computers: Latitude(tm) D410, D505, D510, D600, D610, D800, D810; Inspiron(tm) 510M, 600M, 6000, 8600, 9200, 9300, XPS Gen 2; and Dell Precision(tm) M20 and M70 mobile workstations. The batteries were also sold separately, including as secondary batteries and in response to service calls. The batteries insert into the battery bay located on the underside of the notebook. "Dell" and "Made in Japan" or "Made in China" are stamped on the batteries. The identification number for each battery appears on a white sticker. Customers should have this number available when they contact Dell to determine if their battery is part of the recall.

Sold at: Dell sold these batteries with the notebook computers, as part of a service replacement, and as individual units on its Web site and catalogs from October 5, 2004 through October 13, 2005. The computers with these batteries sold for between $900 and $2,650, and individual batteries sold for between $99 and $179.

Manufactured in: Japan or China

Remedy: Customers should contact Dell to determine if their notebook computer battery is part of this recall. If it is, consumers should immediately stop using the battery as a power source for their notebook computer. Dell will provide a free replacement battery.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dell toll-free at (866) 342-0011 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, go to the firm's Web site at www.dellbatteryprogram.com, or write to: Dell Inc., Attn: Battery Program, 9701 Metric Blvd., Suite 200 Austin, Texas 78758.

Firm's Media Contact: Tom Kehoe and Venancio Figueroa III, (512) 725-0281 and (512) 723-1726, tom_kehoe@dell.com and venancio_figueroa@dell.com

To view this release online, please visit our website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06056.html


(3) CPSC, MECO CORP. ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPAIR GAS GRILLS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recalls in voluntary cooperation with the firms listed below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Aussie(tm) Gas Grills

Units: About 98,000

Grill Manufacturer: Meco Corp., of Greeneville, Tenn.

Regulator Manufacturer: TPA Metal and Machinery (SZ) Co. Ltd. of Shenzhen, China

Hazard: The regulators on these gas grills, the component that controls the amount of gas released to the burner, can leak propane when the propane cylinder is connected and open, and the grill is not in use. This poses a risk of fire and burn injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 10 reports of gas leaks. No injuries have been reported. There has been one report of a fire causing property damage.

Description: The recall involves certain Aussie(tm) Gas Grills in the Bonza, Bushman and Bondi series, which have "Aussie(tm)" found on the front panel and the series name found on the control panel. Regulator assemblies on these grills have date codes of 2704 and lower. The regulator is attached to the side of the grills. The model number and serial number of the grill can be found on the back of the grill or on the sides of the control panel. The recall includes grills with the following model numbers and serial number ranges:

Model Numbers Serial Number Ranges
7362K3XM11 0000001 through 0000760
7720.1.641 0005559 through 0055583
7462K3XB11 0000001 through 0000155
7830.3.641 0000001 through 0006492
7462K3XM51 0000001 through 0000917
7710.1.641 0071582 through 0089666
7820.3.641 0001801 through 0018329
7362K3XB41 0000001 through 0000289
7362K3XG51 0000001 through 0003804
7362K3XM51 0000001 through 0000860

Sold at: Grocery, department, hardware and other retail stores nationwide from December 2003 through December 2004 for between $100 and $480.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the grill and contact Meco for instructions on receiving a replacement regulator assembly.

Consumer Contact: Call Meco toll-free at (800) 251-7558 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email Meco's consumer service at csr@meco.net. Consumers also can visit the company's Web site at http://www.meco.net

To view this recall onine, please visit our website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06057.html

Picture of Recalled 7362K3XB41, 7362K3XG51, 7362K3XM51 Grills
7362K3XB41
7362K3XG51
7362K3XM51
Picture of Recalled 7362L3XM11 Grill
7362L3XM11
Picture of Recalled 7462K3XB11 Grill
7462K3XB11
Picture of Recalled 7462K3XM51 Grill
7462K3XM51
Picture of Recalled 7710.1.641 Grill
7710.1.641
Picture of Recalled 7720.1.641 Grill
7720.1.641
Picture of Recalled 7820.3.641 Grill
7820.3.641
Picture of Recalled 7830.3.641 Grill
7830.3.641

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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