FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 15, 1974

 

Release # 74-008


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb.15)--The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today warned consumers that approximately 3,000 gas and electric clothes dryers manufactured after November 8, 1973, and sold in the past four months may have potentially defective timers capable of causing fatal electric shock.

Owners of the suspect units are urged to immediately unplug the dryer, being careful not to touch any metal surfaces.

The model and serial number may be located by opening the door of the clothes dryer and looking at the upper lefthand corner of the door well.

The timers were manufactured by Lux Time Company of Connecticut, a division of Robertshaw Controls Company, and were sold to the Franklin Manufacturing Company, Webster City, Iowa, which, in turn, sold them to the six dryer manufacturers.

The Franklin Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of White Consolidated of Cleveland, Ohio, reported the defect to the Commission February 12, and has directed its customers to halt delivery on the dryers.

The firm has advised consumers who may have purchased any of the dryers in question to contact the dealer from whom it was purchased for inspection and, if necessary, replacement of the control at no cost to the customer. For further information, call the Consumer Product Safety Commission toll-free hot line (800) 638-2772.


Customer Brand Name # Units Model # Serial #'s
Kelvinator, Inc. Kelvinator 1,569 DE640GA
DE522GW
DE522GC
DE522GH
DE522GA
042210 & 042292
037466 - 041533
037198 - 040199
037696 - 041287
036604 - 040842
WT Grant Bradford 870 78-196
78-303
78-204
78-212
78-287
42119 - 43469
40221 - 42711
41325 - 43669
38839 - 43368
42318 - 42416
Admiral Corp. Admiral 479 LDE 1833
LDG 1833
LDE 1835
3058824 - 3067520
3061381 - 3068230
3067699 - 3067760
3065180
Hamilton Appliance Co. Hamilton 175 DS 253W
DP 253W
DS 153W
33057 & 33107
32710 - 32884
32912 - 33319
Gamble-Skogmo Coronado 158 45-1203
45-1223
12328 - 12427
12228 - 12319
Kalvinator Sales
of Puerto Rico
Kelvinator 126 DE522G-W
DE522G-H
DE522G-A
DE522G-C
038421 - 038490
039078 - 039107
036584 - 036603
037240 - 040194