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Motorized Awnings Recalled by Somfy Systems Due to Shock Hazard

Hazard:
"The awning motor’s power cable can be severed while the awning is opened or closed manually, posing a risk of electrical shock to the user."
Remedy:
Replace
Recall Date:
November 19, 2010
Units:
"About 4,600"

Recall Details

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2010
Release #11-043
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 637-6639
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Motorized Awnings Recalled by Somfy Systems Due to Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Motorized Awnings

Units: About 4,600

Importer: Somfy Systems Inc., of Dayton, N.J.

Hazard: The awning motor's power cable can be severed while the awning is opened or closed manually, posing a risk of electrical shock to the user.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the Sunea CMO RTS motor used to operate retractable awnings. The awning motor heads are silver and black-colored. "Somfy" is printed on the motor head. Motor heads that are entirely black in color are not included in this recall. The Sunea CMO RTS model numbers included in this recall are 525A2, 535A2 and 550R2. The model number is printed on a label on the motor tube.

Sold at: Awning dealers and retailers nationwide from December 2009 through September 2010.

Manufactured in: France

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using recalled awning motors and the awning's manual crank and unplug and/or pull the circuit breaker to protect against anyone using the awning. Contact Somfy Systems to receive free installation of a replacement awning motor.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Somfy Systems at (800) 637-6639 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.somfysystems.com

Picture of Recalled Awning

Picture of Recalled Awning

Picture of Motor Head, Diameter 3.7 inchesPicture showing location of Motor Head

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