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CPSC, Revco Products Announce Carbon Monoxide Detector Recall

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Recall Date:
November 22, 1995

Recall Details



November 22, 1995


Release # 96-028


WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Revco Products Inc., of Huntington Beach, Calif., is recalling 10,043 Model 840 Gas Sniffer carbon monoxide detectors. The detector's alarm may fail at hazardous levels of carbon monoxide and could expose consumers to serious injury or death.

The rectangular, tan, plastic detectors measure approximately 3.5 inches wide by 4 inches tall by 1.5 inches deep. Horizontal and vertical vents and the words "Gas Sniffer" appear on the front of the detector next to an on/off switch and near two small red and green lights. The model number, company name and address are located on a sticker on the back of the detector.

The detectors were sold in the eastern United States from June 1986 to August 1995 through various coal stove and fireplace accessory stores as accessories with coal stoves. The detectors were also sold separately for up to $74.95. The detectors, packaged in a rectangular, red and white cardboard box labeled in part, " Gas Sniffer ... Safety First ... FOR: Coal Stove ... Central Heating ... Portable Heaters...," were sold with a black plastic cord and black adaptor plug.

Consumers who own a Model 840 carbon monoxide detector should stop using it immediately and return it to Revco Products, 5622-B Research Dr., Huntington Beach, Calif. 92649. Revco will provide consumers with a replacement carbon monoxide detector and will reimburse consumers for postage expenses up to $3. For more information on this recall, consumers can also call Revco Products at (800) 658-4658.

CPSC and Revco Products are not aware of injuries involving this product. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

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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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