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"Recall Alerts"


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


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Ford Vehicles
  2. CPSC, Haier America Trading LLC Announce Recall of Oscillating Electric Tower Fans


Ford Motor Co. recalled about 220,000 vehicles from the 2005 model year on Wednesday amid concerns that a battery cable was rubbing against the vehicle frame, potentially causing fires, and that a fuel tank strap could separate after logging tens of thousands of miles.

The recall linked to the cable involves more than 98,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans. Ford said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it has received four reports of fires.

Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley said chafing of the cable caused the exposure of wires to the vehicle frame, causing the frame to become electrified in some cases and carry the potential for heat damage or fires.

A separate recall caused by the separation of fuel tank straps involves more than 123,000 Ford Freestyle crossover vehicles, Ford Five Hundred sedans and Mercury Montego vehicles.

The automaker discovered the problem during durability testing of a future model of the Five Hundred at very high mileage.

The company's investigation found that the manufacturer of the strap changed to a weaker grade of steel in December 2004 that could not meet Ford's durability requirements. Ford declined to disclose the supplier's identity.

At mileage levels of 100,000 and more, the automaker was concerned the strap would separate and cause the fuel tank to drop. Most 2005 vehicles would not likely have approached those mileage levels yet, but "it's still not a risk that we want to take," Kinley said.

Kinley said there have been no reported injuries tied to either recall.


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: Oscillating Electric Tower Fan

Units: About 150,000

Distributor: Haier America Trading LLC, of New York, N.Y.

Manufacturer: Metropolitan Electrical Appliance Co. Ltd., of Hong Kong

Hazard: Internal electrical arcing in the fan can cause a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Haier has received eight reports of fires or flames associated with this electric fan, including minor property damage and one report of minor burns.

Description: This recall involves a Haier oscillating electric tower fan, model FTM140GG. The gray tower fan has three speed settings and a 120-minute shut-off timer. "Haier" is printed on a silver label near the top of the front of the tower. The model number is printed on the lower back of the fan. No other Haier fans are included in this recall.

Sold at: Discount department stores nationwide from February 2004 through November 2005 for between $20 and $30.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the tower fan and call Haier for instructions on how to obtain a $30 coupon redeemable for the purchase from Haier of any available product. Consumers who previously received a $10 mail-in rebate will get a $20 coupon.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Haier toll-free at (866) 601-8073 anytime or email the firm 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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