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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Little Giant Recall Hotline: (888) 271-1369
October 13, 2004
Release # 05-011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Evaporative Cooler Pumps
Units: About 150,000
Manufacturer: Little Giant Pump Company, Oklahoma City, OK
Hazard: The motor caps on the cooler pumps are not made with flame- retardant material and an internal electrical failure can ignite the cap, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 26 reports of pump fires with two incidents involving property damage.
Description: The recalled pumps circulate water in evaporative coolers which cool the air in a room or building through the evaporation of water. The recalled units have a light blue motor cap and include the following model and item numbers, which can be found on a label on the motor cap:
|Model #||Item #|
|CP1 - 115||540005|
|CP1 - 230||540015|
|CP2 - 115||541005|
|CP2 - 230||541015|
|CP3 - 115||542005|
|CP3 - 230||542015|
Units with beige motor caps are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Industrial/HVAC distributors and hardware stores sold the pumps from February 2003 through August 2004 for between $35 and $85.
Manufactured in: China.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the pump immediately and contact Little Giant to receive a replacement cap and instructions free of charge.
Consumer Contact: Contact the company toll-free at (888) 271-1369 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. CT on Saturday.
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.
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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