Company Phone Number: (800) 626-2000

August 19, 1999


Release # 99-160b

View recall #99-160a

PRODUCT: WeatherMate(tm) Exterior Wood Cleaner - GE Silicones, of Waterford, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 2,500 units of WeatherMate(tm) wood cleaner. The product, used to clean exterior wood, is sold individually and in a kit with a wood protector. The 32-ounce bottle is gray and shows a photo of a wooden house deck on the label. A blue cap attaches the white spray apparatus on the bottle that is designed to be used with a garden hose. There is no handle on these bottles. They are designed to be held by the neck of the bottle. Hardware stores, such as Scotty's, Hechingers and Lowe's, sold the wood cleaner nationwide from March 1999 through May 1999 for $10 to $12, and for $27 to $30 when sold as part of the kit.

WeatherMate(tm) wood cleaner


PROBLEM: A supporting clip that affixes the spray nozzle to the bottle becomes brittle and could break off during use. The cleaning solution could spill onto consumers' hands or get in their eyes, causing irritation and burns to the skin or eyes.


WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using this wood cleaner immediately, and return it to the store where purchased for replacement with a wood cleaner in a redesigned bottle, or a refund. The redesigned bottle supports the nozzle attachment with a handle. For more information, consumers should call GE at (800) 626-2000 anytime.