|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2002
Release # 02-123
|Fireplace Screen Recall Hotline: (601) 362-6813
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson, (301) 504-7051
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pascal Products Company Ltd., of Jackson, Miss., is voluntarily recalling about 600 two-paneled fireplace screens. The paint on the metal mesh can ignite when exposed to a direct flame, posing a serious fire hazard to consumers.
Pascal has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The recalled screens are Wal-Mart Home Trends 2-Paneled Fireplace Screens with model number 500RR. The 500RR model screens have a light rust color and use standard Phillips-head hinge pins (see photo and diagram below).
Wal-Mart stores nationwide sold the fireplace screens from September 2001 through December 2001 for about $30.
Consumers should stop using the fireplace screens immediately and return them to any Wal-Mart store for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Pascal at (601) 362-6813 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Fireplace screens that have a dark brown color or have elongated dual-use-screw heads are not included in this recall.
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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