EPI ID: 
67504
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2000
Release # 00-054
Company Phone Number: (800) 523-9299
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
Sherwin-Williams POC: Conway G. Ivy, (216) 566-2102

CPSC, The Sherwin-Williams Co. and Brockway Standard Inc. Announce Recall of Furniture Refinisher

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Sherwin-Williams Co., of Cleveland, Ohio and Brockway Standard Inc. of Atlanta, Ga., are voluntarily recalling about 3,000 cans of Formby's Conditioning Furniture Refinisher. The product and its vapors can seep or leak from the nozzle base at the top of the can, posing a risk of fire and chemical injuries.

The firms have received one report of an employee suffering minor burns when refinisher vapors ignited in a retailer's distribution center.

Formby's Conditioning Furniture Refinisher, used to refinish wood furniture, is sold individually and as part of Formby's "Introduction to Refinishing Kit." The 32-ounce metal can reads, "Formby's Furniture Workshop" and "Furniture Refinisher" in white lettering on a burgundy and mostly green background. A depiction of Homer Formby appears on the face of the can. The product can be identified by a code on the bottom of the can written in black ink with one of the following lot number sequences: A961600, A961610, A961620, A961630, A967270 and A969330. Cans with blue ink codes are not subject to this recall.

Discount department, hardware and hobby stores nationwide sold the refinisher from October 1999 through January 2000. The individual cans sold for about $13 and the kits sold for about $16.

Consumers should stop using this refinishing product immediately, and place the product in a well-ventilated area. Since it can leak, care should be taken to keep the product from spilling by always keeping the container upright. Also, do not store near any source of ignition, such as near a gas-fueled appliance. Consumers should call (800) 523-9299 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for instructions on how to handle and return the refinisher for replacement or a refund.

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Company Phone Number: (800) 934-4497

September 16, 1998

Limited Too Contact: Alfred S. Dietzel, (614) 415-7075

Release # 98-169

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Limited Too Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 390,000 children's satin pajama sets. The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear. The standards require sleepwear to be flame resistant, and if the fabric ignites, the flame must self-extinguish. Failure to meet the flammability standards presents a risk of serious burn injuries to children.

Limited Too has not received any reports of injuries from these pajama sets. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The satin pajama sets involved in this recall are available in sizes 6 through 14. The pajamas are woven, 100 percent polyester with a satin finish. The garments are two-piece pullover or front-button styles with sleeveless, short or long sleeved tops and bottoms, available in a variety of colors and patterns. The sleepwear is labeled "made in Hong Kong," "Macau," "China" or "Sri Lanka."

Limited Too stores nationwide sold the pajamas from December 1995 through July 1998 for about $15 to $39.

Parents should immediately stop their children from wearing these pajama sets and return them to a Limited Too store for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Limited Too at (800) 934-4497 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers also can write to the company at 3885 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43219.

This recall involves only 100 percent polyester, woven satin sleepwear sold from December 1995 through July 1998. All other sleepwear sold prior to these dates and sleepwear currently being offered by Limited Too is not subject to this recall.

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December 30, 1999
Release #00-047
DAPC Toll Free Line: (800) 888-2468
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Safe Generator Use for Y2K: CPSC, DeVilbiss Air Power Company Alert Consumers About Gasoline Tanks on Certain Portable Generators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC joins DeVilbiss Air Power Company (DAPC) of Jackson , Tenn., in alerting consumers about gasoline tanks used on certain models of portable generators. About 295,000 of these generators were sold nationwide from February 1996 until June 1999. CPSC and DAPC are investigating whether the fuel tanks on the generators can crack where the tanks mount on the frame, posing a fire hazard. As a precaution until that evaluation is complete, consumers should not put more than three gallons of gasoline in the fuel tanks at any time.

The only generators affected by this notice have the following brand names: DeVilbiss Air Power Company, EX-CELL, PowerBack, Companion Model 919-32721, and Craftsman Model No. 919-32651. The seven gallon tanks that are affected include only those tanks that bear dates prior to June 1, 1999. The date is on the serial barcode label found on one of the gasoline tank support rails and on the shipping carton label.

Any consumer who has seen leakage from the tank should not use the generator and should contact DAPC at (800) 888-2468, ext. 21 or at www.devap.com to obtain a free warranty replacement tank. Consumers with questions can contact DAPC directly rather than contacting retailers. Consumers also can contact CPSC at (800) 638-2772.

Many people have been buying generators as a precaution in case there are power outages because of Y2K. CPSC believes that Y2K will not result in major power outages. However, if you use a generator, you need to take precautions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, gasoline ignition, and electrocution.

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- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Do not use gasoline generators indoors. Generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can kill people. Each year, carbon monoxide from fuel-burning appliances kills approximately 200 people and sends 10,000 people to hospital emergency rooms. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu, including nausea, headache, dizziness, and irregular breathing. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can cause death.

CPSC recommends that every home should have a carbon monoxide alarm that meets the requirements of the most recent UL 2034 standard or the International Approval Services 6-96 standard. Generators should be used only outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow.
 

- Gasoline Ignition: Do not store gasoline indoors. Gasoline fumes can travel across a room and be ignited by a water heater or some other ignition source. Gasoline and other flammable liquids should be stored outside the home in safety containers.
 

- Electrocution: Portable generators can also present a risk of electrocution if they are not properly connected to the home electrical wiring system. Do not plug the generator power leads into a wall outlet. Have a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, or have the local utility install a linking device if available.

CPSC has posted Y2K generator safety tips (pdf) on this web site.

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October 2, 2000
Release # 01-001
Zebco Recall Hotline: (800) 558-9876
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Zebco Announce Recall of Compact Camper Stoves

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zebco, of Tulsa, Okla., a division of Brunswick Corp., is voluntarily recalling about 9,600 compact camper stoves. These camper stoves could have been shipped with butane already in the fuel compartment, posing a fire and burn hazard. Also, because of a possible problem with the fuel control mechanism, the stoves could flare up or catch fire when operated.

Zebco has received one report of butane being shipped in the fuel compartment of a camper stove. There have been no reports of injuries.

The American Camper® Compact Butane Stoves are single burner units about 5.5 inches in diameter with a yellow base bearing an American Camper® logo and black burner plate. The base has diamond-shaped openings on its sides. The stove has an electronic ignition switch and is intended for outdoor use. They have model numbers 2140BF or 2140BFW on the packaging.

Sporting goods, camping supply and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold these stoves from May 1999 through July 2000 for between $15 and $25.

Consumers should stop using these stoves immediately, and call Zebco to arrange to have their stove picked up. Consumers returning their stoves will receive a $25 refund. For more information, call Zebco at (800) 558-9876 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

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Company Phone Number: (800) 640-0488

September 1, 1998

 

Release # 98-162

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MacKenzie-Childs Ltd., of Aurora, N.Y., is recalling about 42,000 paper candle shades. Use of the paper shade with a candle presents a fire hazard.

MacKenzie-Childs has received three reports of the paper shades igniting after contacting the flame of the accompanying candle. There is one report of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The paper shades are decorated with various colors and designs, beads and ribbons. "MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd" is printed inside the shades. The shades measure about 5 inches high, 2 inches wide on top and 6 inches wide on bottom. The shades are designed to sit on top of a candle with the use of a metal candle follower. The top of the candle follower supports the shade, and the bottom sits on top of the candle and moves down the length of the candle as it melts.

Specialty gift and department stores nationwide sold the paper shades from January 1992 through April 1998 for about $38 to $95.

Consumers should immediately stop using the paper shades with candles. Consumers should return the original paper shade to the store where purchased to receive a free, replacement paper shade that is fire-resistant. For more information, consumers can call MacKenzie-Childs at (800) 640-0488 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

Paper Candle Shades

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Company Phone Number: (610) 370-3912

August 19, 1998

 

Release # 98-152

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Boscov's Department Store Inc., of Reading, Pa., is recalling approximately 19,000 Christmas windmills with candles. The candles are too close to the wooden structure of the windmill, and can cause the product to catch on fire.

Boscov's stores report one incident where the windmill caught on fire. No injuries were reported.

The windmill decoration is an "A" framed windmill building structure with a nativity scene on a turntable. It is pine, with a green roof and red trim. The fans of the windmill are printed with red stars. Candles are positioned in the four corners, which when lit, are designed to generate heat to turn the fan. The decoration comes in a mostly red box with a photo of the decoration on the front and back. The box includes the words, "14" H Pine Wooden Windmill. . . MADE IN CHINA."

Boscov's stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and New York sold the windmill decorations between September 1996 and July 1998. The windmills were a promotional item sold for about $3 with a $10 purchase.

Consumers should stop using this product immediately, and return it to any Boscov's store for a refund. For more information, contact Boscov's at (610) 370-3912 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or write to Boscov's, 4500 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA 19606.

Christmas Windmill

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November 10, 1999
Release # 00-015
Company Phone Number: (800) 241-7485
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Perfecto Manufacturing Inc. Announce Recall of Aquarium Lights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Perfecto Manufacturing Inc., of Noblesville, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 23,400 SHOlights aquarium lights. Sharp edges on these lights could cut the insulation on the wiring. If the wires become exposed, consumers could suffer shocks or electrocution. There is also a risk of fire. In addition, some of these lights could overheat and cause the same problems.

CPSC and Perfecto are not aware of any incidents involving these aquarium lights. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The plastic body of the SHOlights are black or oak-colored, and are 24, 30, 36 or 48 inches in length. All 36-inch SHOlights that hold two bulbs, and all SHOlights lights manufactured in July 1999 or earlier are part of this recall. The manufacturing date is located on a white label on the metal reflector. The label shows a picture of an anchor, and reads "cleaned by" or "built by" followed by the date. If there is no label or the label can't be read, it should be considered part of the recall.

Pet stores nationwide sold these lights from August 1998 through July 1999 for a suggested retail price of between $125 to $175.

Consumers should stop using these aquarium lights, unplug them, and return them to Perfecto for a free replacement. For more information, consumers should call Perfecto at (800) 241-7485 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

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December 24, 1998

 

Release # 99-043

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Yang Lin Trading Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif., and Wholesale World Inc., of Houston Texas, are recalling about 176,000 sets of miniature Christmas lights. These Christmas lights are poorly constructed, have undersized wires, no fuse to protect against overheating, and the wires can easily pull out of the plugs. They present a fire and electrocution hazard.

CPSC has not received any reports of injuries or incidents involving these Christmas lights. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Yang Lin Trading, Inc. distributed about 130,000 strings of multicolored lights. These included strings of 100 lights with five-way flashers, and strings of 140 chasing lights with music. They have no certification label indicating they have been tested by an independent testing lab such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The packaging reads, "JUEGO DE LUCES DE NAVIDAD" . . . "Pretested!" . . . "Guaranteed to light!"

Wholesale World distributed a total of about 46,600 strings of 50 and 100 lights, both clear and multicolored sets. The packaging reads, "50 MINIATURE LIGHTS," "THREE-WAY FLASHER," or "100 MINIATURE LIGHTS," "FIVE-WAY FLASHER" and "ENERGY SAVER." They have UPC codes 97411-13050, or 97411-13100. The packaging is red with white with yellow text. There is no certification label indicating the lights have been tested by an independent testing lab such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The back of the box provides instructions in English and Spanish.

Small discount stores in Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, New York and Arizona sold these Christmas lights from August 1998 to December 1998 for between $3 and $18.

Consumers who purchased these recalled Christmas lights should immediately stop using them. The lights may be returned to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information, contact CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 anytime.

The products came to CPSC's attention during its normal surveillance activities of the market place.



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December 23, 1998

 

Release # 99-042

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kmart Corp., of Troy, Mich., is conducting a voluntary recall of about 132,000 electric angel tree-top ornaments. The fabric used in making these ornaments is flammable, posing a fire hazard.

CPSC is aware of two incidents where plastic on these angel ornaments melted from the heat of the bulbs.

These tree-top angel ornaments are about 10 inches high, have gowns that are white, gold, silver or a combination of these colors, and have lights attached to each wrist and at its base. "Made in China for Kmart Corporation, Troy, Michigan 48084," and "CODE: 0-377728- 118 are printed on a label attached to the unit's power cord, along with an Underwriters Laboratories label.

Kmart stores nationwide sold the angel ornaments from September 1998 to December 1998 for about $11.

Consumers should immediately stop using these ornaments and return them to Kmart for a refund. For further information about this recall, contact CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 anytime.

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Company Phone Number: (800) 5HOLMES

October 21, 1999

 

Release # 00-009

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Holmes Products Corp., of Milford, Mass., is recalling about 45,000 heaters. The thermostats in some of these heaters are improperly positioned, which can cause them to overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Holmes Products has received 11 reports of these units overheating and catching fire. Six of these incidents resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

These "Wide-Angle," portable heaters, manufactured in 1998, are approximately 12 inches high, and are in the shape of a half-circle. The front is white, and the back is gray. The units have two knobs on the top. The date code, which includes the number 98, is located on the back, right-hand corner of the units just above the box containing the Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) logo. Other writing inside the UL box includes, "MODEL: HFH-297" and "MADE IN CHINA." "Holmes(r)" also is written in the UL box and on the front of the unit.

Mass merchandise stores, such as Kmart and Target, sold these heaters from September 1998 through July 1999 for about $27.

Consumers should immediately stop using these heaters, and contact Holmes for information on how to receive a refund. For more information, call Holmes at (800) 5HOLMES. Consumers also can access Holmes' web site at www.holmesproducts.com.

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