July 26, 2007
Frozen Carbonated Beverage Dispensers Recalled by IMI Cornelius Due to Fire Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Frozen Carbonated Drink Dispensers
Units: About 8,000 (This recall was first announced in Sept. 2004)
Manufacturer: IMI Cornelius, of Osseo, Minn.
Hazard: A problem with the dispenser's florescent lamp can cause electrical arcing, which poses a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: IMI Cornelius has received five reports of smoldering or fire involving the dispenser's florescent lamp. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: The frozen drink dispensers have two or four dispensing valves and are made of stainless steel with various color combinations. Serial numbers starting with 62xxxxxxxx are included in this recall. The serial number and "Cornelius," "FCB" and "Pinnacle" are printed on the unit's right side panel.
Sold to: Fast-food restaurants, discount department stores, movie theaters and convenience stores nationwide from November 2001 through June 2007 for between $6,000 and $7,000 for the two-valve dispensers, and between $10,000 and $12,000 for the four-valve dispensers.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Customers should immediately stop using the recalled dispensers unless the florescent lamp has been removed. IMI Cornelius is contacting customers directly and is providing a free replacement light assembly. The company will send a representative to install the replacement light assembly free of charge, or provide the owners with a modification and instruction kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call IMI Cornelius at (800) 238-3600, extension 5, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.cornelius.com
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