|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2003
|Company Phone Number: (800) 368-0809
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Barnett of the Caribbean Announce Recall of Showerhead Hot Water Heaters
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Showerhead Hot Water Heaters
Manufacturer: Sintex of Brazil, distributed by Barnett of the Caribbean, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
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."
Sold at: Hardware stores and home improvement centers in Puerto Rico from March 2001 through August 2003 for about $20.
Manufactured 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 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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