|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2008
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 555-9717
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Car Charging Units Made By The Wenzel Co. for LL Bean Air Beds Recalled Due To Injury Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Car Charging Units (included with LL Bean Airbeds)
Units: About 3,900
Importer: The Wenzel Co., of St.Louis, MO
Hazard: The batteries in the car charging unit can overheat when the car engine is running, causing the battery charging unit to burst. This can pose an injury hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The Wenzel Company has received one report of the batteries in the car charging unit overheating and the unit bursting. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the car charging units included with L.L. Bean Raised Insta-Beds with Wenzel model numbers 822628 and 822629. These model numbers correspond to LL Bean catalog number 55780. The model number can be found on the product packaging. The car charging units are connected to the cigarette lighter outlet found in most cars.
Manufactured in: China
Sold at: L.L. Bean stores nationwide and catalog from June 2007 through August 2007 for about $150.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the car charging unit immediately and contact L.L. Bean for instructions on how to obtain a free replacement car charging unit. Only the charger units supplied with this product should be used. Using an alternative charger could result in physical injury and/or product damage.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers should contact L.L. Bean at (800) 555-9717 anytime or visit the company’s Web site at www.llbean.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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