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"Recall Alerts"


Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Dura Kleen Recall Nightlights
  2. HANRO USA To Pay Civil Penalty of $150,000.00


In cooperation with CPSC, Dura Kleen (USA) Inc., of Brooklyn, New York is voluntarily recalling about 459,000 nightlights. The nightlights' electrical connections are loose, they are made from flammable plastic and the power switch does not work. The nightlights pose shock and fire hazards to consumers.

The nightlights consist of a small light fixture that uses a 5-watt bulb that plugs into a wall electrical outlet. The light bulbs white bases are imprinted with "Made in China for Dura Kleen USA Inc." The nightlights have different colored shades, including purple, green, yellow and red, with different designs. Other lights have opaque decorative shades molded in the form of religious figures.

Consumers should stop using the nightlights immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a refund.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 01-093, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at


The CPSC announces that HANRO USA of New York, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $150,000.00. The penalty settles allegations that the firm knowingly imported and distributed highly flammable ladies fleece robes, a violation of the Flammable Fabrics Act. The penalty also settles allegations that firm failed to report the importation and distribution of the flammable ladies fleece robes to the CPSC in a timely manner, as required by the consumer Product Safety Act in September and October 1998, HANRO USA imported about 1,200 ladies fleece robes made from 90 percent cotton/10 percent polyester fabric. The firm did not verify whether these robes compiled with the Flammable Fabrics Act and the Clothing Standard. In October and November 1999, HANRO USA imported and distributed about 900 similar ladies fleece robes. Before importing the second shipment of robes, the firm received flammability test results showing they were dangerously flammable and unsuitable for clothing because of their rapid and intense burning. These robes violated the Flammable Fabrics Act and the Clothing Standard.

These recalled robes contain the sewn-in label "HANRO of Switzerland." They were sold in colors white, blue, ivory, beige and gray, and in sizes XS through L. Department stores and boutiques nationwide sold these ladies' fleece robes from October 1998 through January 2000 for between $280 to $350.

For more information, contact HANRO USA at (800) 889-7443. The CPSC point of contact is Dennis Kacoyanis, release number 01-097, (301) 504-0626 Ext. 1326. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at

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.

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