|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|April 24, 1978|
|Release # 78-025|
WASHINGTON, DC (April 24) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced that certain upright, pedestal sump pumps having solid black plastic float switches positioned on top of the pump motor may present an electric shock hazard.
The models in question are SW-500, BPV-500 and PSP-330 sold under the following brand names: Agway, American Jet Stream Pump, Hydro-Lux, Menards, Super Flo, True Value Sump Pump, Wayne, and Wheatbelt.
Anyone having one of these pumps should immediately disconnect the motor from its power source and contact the place of purchase for a free, simple repair to remove the possible hazard. Retailers have been advised of the possible hazard and have been sent repair instructions. If there are any questions concerning this problem, retailers should immediately contact their supplier. Pumps bearing bright metal float switches on top of the motor do not pose the possible shock hazard.
While only a few of the approximately 5,600 pws that were distributed to retailers have been sold, consumers are warned that the installed location of the pumps in or around water increases the danger of electrical shock. No injuries have been reported to date.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
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