|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2005
Release # 05-275
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 919-6330
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm listed 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: Stanley thermos bottles
Units: About 45,000
Manufacturer: PMI, of Seattle, Wash.
Hazard: The handle on the thermos bottles can break, causing the vacuum seal to fail and release organic, non-toxic charcoal powder insulation into the air. This can cause consumers to suffer short-term vision problems and temporary breathing problems when they inhale the powder.
Incidents/Injuries: PMI has received 654 reports of handles breaking and non-toxic charcoal powder insulation releasing into the air. The firm has received 23 reports of consumers who had difficulty breathing or seeing, and in some cases, began vomiting and coughing. More than 60 of the incidents occurred in trucks or cars creating the potential for impaired vision. There have been 446 reports of property damage.
Description: The recall involves the brushed stainless steel and the green 1-liter and 2-quart bottles, and the 24-oz. wide mouth food jar. The recalled thermos bottles have only two spot welds per handle bracket and contain any of the following date code numbers:
C 02, D 02, or A 03.
The date code is located on the bottom of the bottles just above the "S" and "Y" on the word "STANLEY."
Sold at: Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target and other discount department stores nationwide from October 2002 through February 2003 for about $25.
Manufactured in: Korea and China.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact PMI for a free replacement thermos bottle. PMI will provide all shipping charges for returned bottles.
Consumer Contact: Contact PMI at (800) 919-6330 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.Stanley-pmi.com
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