|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|October 27, 1976
|Release # 76-074
CPSC Issues Recall Order For Dangerous ARC Welder
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today ordered a recall of an electric arc welder manufactured by Wel-Dex Mfg. Co., Houston, Texas. The welder which was sold primarily by mail order was found to present a substantial product hazard which could result in severe electrical shocks, bums or fires.
About 124,000 of the welders were manufactured and sold nationally between 1968 and 1975 at a retail price of $18.95. A plate attached identifies the product as a Wel-Dex welder.
The manufacturer was ordered to replace the product or to give refunds according to the use and age of the welder. Persons in possession of the product, or who have destroyed it for safety reasons, may contact Wel-Dex Welder Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 10839, Houston, Texas 77018, or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207 (toll-free: 800/638-2772), for details concerning the recall and any refunds.
The welder unit was sold with an assortment of electrodes, an eye shield and printed materials. The name Midway appears on the face plate. Model numbers include DD, D, E,, F, DS, and K. Consumers who have these welders should mail them directly to Western Manufacturing and Supply Company, 1400 West 22nd Street, Kearny, Nebraska 68847, Attention : Mr. P. Beshore, with a note indicating the consumer's return address and cost for postage.
A full refund for the welder will be returned to the consumer along with the cost of postage.
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