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Warning Issued On Portable Air Tanks

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Recall Date:
November 24, 1978

Recall Details

November 24, 1978  
Release # 78-096

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 24 ) -- Citation Mfg. Co., Inc., Siloam Springs, Ark., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), today issued a warning that some portable air tanks manufactured by the company, may rupture or explode because of defects in the metal tank casing.

The company has received numerous reports about ruptured tanks causing injuries since 1973, including one death in Tennessee.

The tanks are used for such purposes as pressurizing tires. A recall of these same products was conducted by the company individually on several occasions and with the help of CPSC in 1973, but the firm suspects 118,000 tanks may yet be in the hands of consumers.

The tanks were made between 1969 and 1975. They may be painted red, blue or yellow. Red tanks may be labeled, "Citation Power Cleaning Equipment"; Yellow tanks, "Camel Big Airy No. 5510"; and blue tanks, "General Service Line No. 9-774 Portable Air Tank". Each tank is cylindrical in shape, 21 inches long and 14 inches high and weighs 23 pounds. Anyone wanting more information about these tanks should contact Mr. Delbert Phillips at Citation (501/524-6471).

To verify model numbers and brand names, call CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 800/638- 2772.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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