|October 17, 2007
Plow & Hearth Recalls Aluminum Chimeneas Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Aluminum Chimeneas
Units: About 247
Importer: Plow & Hearth, of Madison, VA
Hazard: A design flaw can cause the aluminum on the chimeneas to catch fire or melt under high temperatures, posing fire and burn hazards.
Incidents/Injuries: Plow & Hearth has received two reports of the chimenea’s aluminum exterior catching fire and burning. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: The chimeneas are outdoor fireplaces that are aluminum, have a removable spark guard, a wrought iron base, and a four-sided screen.
Sold by: Plow & Hearth in its catalog and its Web site from March 2007 through August 2007 for about $250.
Manufactured in: Turkey
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the chimeneas and contact Plow & Hearth to receive a full refund and a gift certificate. Plow & Hearth is directly contacting consumers who purchased these chimeneas.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Plow & Hearth toll-free at (877) 459-8131, or Linda DeRose-Droubay at (540) 948-7438 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.plowhearth.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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