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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2002
Release # 02-200
|Mosquito Trap Recall Hotline: (800) 835-3278
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Coleman Company Inc., of Wichita, Kan., is voluntarily recalling about 136,000 Mosquito Deleto Traps. The mosquito trap's propane regulator can leak propane or allow an overflow of propane gas, both of which pose a fire hazard to consumers. In addition, the fuel hose attachment sold with the Back Home System can become damaged and leak propane, which poses a fire hazard to consumers.
Coleman has received 28 reports of traps melting or catching on fire as a result of propane leaking, and 7 reports of damage to the propane fuel hoses. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled Mosquito Deleto Traps were sold as a part of the Portable System and the Back Home System. The traps are about 24 inches high, have a green or gray base and top, a black center, and attach to either a 1 lb. propane cylinder or a 20 lb. propane cylinder with a hose. The traps have two sets of model numbers: 2950-800 and 2950-801, which can be found on a label on the front of the trap above the words, "WARNING: For outdoor use only". The recalled Back Home System traps include a 5-foot rubber hose that connects to 20 lbs. propane cylinders. The Portable System and Back Home System mosquito traps were manufactured in the U.S.
Home centers, mass merchandisers, and hardware stores sold these products from March 2002 to July 2002 for between $170 and $200. The products were sold nationwide, except for California.
Consumers should stop using the mosquito traps and propane hoses immediately. Consumers should contact Coleman at (800) 835-3278 anytime, so that a representative can help determine whether their trap needs to be replaced, repaired, or can continue to be used. For more information, consumers can log on to the company's website at www.coleman.com.
Back Home System
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