December 17, 1996


Release # 97-044


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), two importers are recalling more than 32,000 Santa candle holders and potpourri simmer pots posing fire hazards. The paint on the Santa candle holders is flammable and the candle accompanying the potpourri simmer pots generates an excessive flame. An additional importer is issuing a warning about a candle that poses a potential fire hazard.

The importers participating in this recall are Division Sales Inc. of Itasca, Ill., and New Design Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill. Giftco Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill., is the importer issuing the warning.

Division Sales Recall

Division Sales Inc. is recalling about 10,000 ceramic Santa Claus Candle Holders, item 66539. The holder, measuring 5.5 inches high, has an opening in the back for a wax candle. The Santa figure is predominantly red and white with star-shaped openings in the back and front and a label on the bottom that reads, "MADE IN CHINA." The Santas are holding sacks, lanterns, dolls, cats, or dogs.

The candle holders were sold through dollar-type stores nationwide from October 1995 through November 1996 for about $1. Division Sales is not aware of any injuries involving these candle holders.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candle holders, and return the holders to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers can call Division Sales at (800) 621-8134.

New Design Inc. Recall

New Design Inc. is recalling about 22,000 porcelain Potpourri Simmer Pots. The potpourri simmer pots, measuring 5.5 inches high, come shaped as an angel, santa bear, or snowman.

New Design has received four reports of the candle accompanying the pot flaming excessively. No injuries have been reported, but three of the reports involved minor property damage.

The pots were sold through retail outlets nationwide during the Fall of 1996 for about $3.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pots, and return the pots to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers can call New Design Inc. collect at (847) 459-5655.

Giftco Inc. Warning

Giftco Inc. is warning consumers about the candles in 29,000 Candy House Candle Holders. Some of the holders, measuring 4.5 inches high, were shipped with a defective votive candle that reportedly generates an excessive flame.

The candle holders were sold through various fund-raising organizations nationwide during the Fall of 1996 for about $10.

Giftco has received two reports of the defective candle setting the candle holder on fire. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately discard the votive candle accompanying the candle holder. Consumers should replace the votive candle with one of the same size and only burn the candle in its metal holder. For more information, consumers can call Giftco Inc. at (800) 443-8261.

If consumers have questions about these recalls or the warning, they should call the importers or CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772.



December 17 1996


Release # 97-043


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Shelby Ltd., Division of Wang's International, of Memphis, Tenn., recalled about 40,000 paperweights and pens because they contain kerosene or other petroleum distillates and many were sold to children. If the paperweights or pens break and leak, the liquid can be hazardous if inhaled into the lungs or swallowed. The liquid could also be combustible, presenting a flammability hazard.

Shelby Ltd. has received at least 10 reports of the paperweights breaking and releasing their contents. No injuries have been reported.

The plastic paperweights came in the following five styles: Ocean In The Box, Floating Eye, Antique Car, Magic Diamond, and Water Timer. The paperweights were individually packaged in cardboard boxes bearing the name of the style. The pen, which is clear plastic with an eyeball in the middle, is packaged in a cellophane wrap and bears no labeling.

The paperweights and pen were sold nationwide through school stores to children from kindergarten through the sixth grade from October through December 1996 for about $4 to $5.

Consumers should take the paperweights and pens away from children immediately, and discard or destroy them. The firm is out of business and cannot be contacted.



November 27, 1996


Release # 97-033


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Light & Motion Industries (LMI) of Monterey, Calif., is implementing a voluntary safety program for about 2,800 Source-12 Battery Packs used by scuba divers to power under water lighting systems. If the battery pack floods during the dive, the battery could overheat later while above water and catch fire.

LMI has received two reports of Source-12 Battery Packs catching on fire several hours after use. No injuries have been reported. If consumers notice the battery has flooded during a dive, they should disassemble the battery's retaining ring and bulkhead to prevent a possible fire.

The battery packs, measuring 7 inches long by 4 inches wide, are black with a clear top. This corrective action involves Source-12 Battery Packs with the following model numbers:

850-0001 through 850-0011
850-0013 and 850-0014
860-0001 through 860-0006
860-0018 through 860-0031

Underwater Battery

Dive shops sold the Source-12 Battery Packs nationwide beginning in January 1990 for about $275. LMI also sold the packs directly to consumers.

Consumers should stop using the Source-12 Battery Packs immediately and call LMI for free repair or upgrade information. Consumers can also return the batteries to the dive shop where purchased and the batteries will be sent to LMI. Consumers can reach LMI collect at (831) 645-1525 or sales@lmindustries.com for more information.



November 26, 1996


Release # 97-031


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Waters Instruments Inc. of Rochester, Minn., is recalling about 13,000 Model K-9 Electric Fence Controllers, a box used to control the electricity in electric fences. The K-9 Electric Fence Controllers used outdoors in high humidity or wet environments can overheat and result in fire.

Waters has received three reports of overheating occurring in K-9 Electric Fence Controllers used in an unprotected outdoor setting where they are subjected to high humidity or water. Two controller cases showed signs of melting and one controller installed under a porch caused charring of the wooden flooring.

The K-9 Electric Fence Controllers with serial numbers starting with MT08096 and MT09096 have a yellow, black, and red label that reads, "American FarmWorks K-9 ELECTRIC FENCE CONTROLLER." The K-9 Electric Fence Controllers sold individually came packaged in a plastic shell with a yellow backer card. Waters also sold the units as part of a pet and garden fence kit, packaged in a yellow, black, and red box with a picture of the K-9 Electric Fence Controller printed on the box.

Hardware and farm supply stores sold the K-9 Electric Fence Controllers nationwide beginning in April 1996 for about $28.
K-9 Electric Fence Controller

Consumers should stop using the K-9 Electric Fence Controllers immediately and call Waters at (800) 962-2880 for information on returning the merchandise for replacement with a unit not adversely affected by climate.


November 21, 1997

Release # 97-027


WASHINGTON, D.C. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Coleman Company Inc. of Wichita, Kan., is recalling 14,127 Peak 1 22-oz. fuel bottles. These fuel bottles, used for camping equipment, have defective threads in the neck of the bottle that can cause leakage of fuel.

CPSC and Coleman have received no report of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The Coleman Company is recalling all Peak 1 22-oz. fuel bottles manufactured duringthe first six months of 1996. The red-canistered fuel bottles can be identified by a "1-96" date code stamped into the bottom of the fuel bottle. Consumers could have purchased the defective bottles individually or with Peak 1 Apex stoves.

Sporting goods stores and catalogs specializing primarily in backpacking, mountain climbing, and camping equipment sold the subject Peak 1 fuel bottles from May 1996 through September 1996 for $12.50 a bottle.

Consumers who have Peak 1 22-oz. fuel bottles should stop using them immediately and call the Coleman Company at (800) 257-5299 or write the company at P.O. Box 2931, Wichita, KS 67201 for instructions on disposing the defective bottles and replacing the bottles at no charge.



November 17, 1995


Release # 96-024


WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC, New York Lighter Co. Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling about 50,000 "City-Lites" and "Liberty-Lites" disposable cigarette lighters. The lighters fail to extinguish after use and, in the case of "Liberty-Lites," can flare-up during use. CPSC and New York Lighter are aware of 10 incidents associated with these lighters including one car fire and four burn injuries.

The lighters, imported before the July 12, 1994, child-proof mandatory standard became effective, do not have the required child-resistant feature of lighters distributed after that date. They were distributed nationwide through convenience stores and service stations.

The lighters were manufactured in various colors and have a metal flame hood. City-Lites lighters have the word "City Lites" or "C-LITES" engraved on the metal flame hood, and Liberty Lites lighters have the word "Liberty-LITES" engraved on the metal hood. The lighters sold in packages of three for about $2.

Consumers who own City Lights or Liberty Lights lighters should call (800) 626-4732 to receive a postage-paid mailer for returning the lighters. The company will send a novelty product with a retail value of approximately $5 to cover any inconvenience on the part of consumers. Child-resistant "City-Lites" lighters and child-proof "Liberty-Lites" lighters are not subject to this recall.



November 15, 1995


Release # 96-021


WASHINGTON, D.C.- CPSC, Amana Refrigeration Inc. of Amana, Iowa, is announcing a recall to repair certain models of Modern Maid brand single gas wall ovens. The ovens may overheat the floor of surrounding cabinets and cause a fire.

Amana is aware of 35 incidents of the oven overheating, including one fatality allegedly caused by an oven fire.

The wall ovens, measuring 29-1/8 inches high, 23-5/8 inches wide and 21-3/4 inches deep, were sold under the brand name "Modern Maid" and available in six colors: Fresh Avocado, Coffee, Harvest Wheat, Almond, Snow, and Black Glass. Appliance retailers sold approximately 6,480 ovens nationwide between 1979 and 1984 for $699 to $719. The ovens have one of the following model numbers located on the front frame of the oven behind the lift-off oven door: QKO-751, QKO-751A, QGO-751, QGO-751A, DGO-751, DGO-751A, DKO-751, DKO-751A, QGO-851, QKO-851, DGO-851, or DKO-851.

Consumers should stop using the defective ovens immediately and call Amana toll-free at (800) 266-3535 for free installation of a corrective heat shield kit.



November 9, 1995


Release # 96-013


WASHINGTON, D.C.- CPSC, GrandeTel Technologies, Inc. of Richmond, B.C. Canada, (formerly known as MTC Electronic Technologies Co., Ltd.) is announcing a program to repair 45,000 television sets bearing the name "MTC." A resistor on the TV's main component board may overheat, resulting in a potential fire hazard.

GrandeTel Technologies is aware of one recent incident in the United States in which the resistor overheated and created a fire. CPSC and GrandeTel Technologies are not aware of any injuries involving these television sets.

The 13-inch color televisions have the brand name "MTC" on the lower left front cabinet. They were sold nationwide for up to $150 at small retailers and large merchandisers since November 1992. The repair recall program involves televisions with the following model and serial numbers located on the rear cabinet: MTV1428R (serial number beginning with "92"), MTV1428RF (serial number beginning with "93"), MTV1429RF (serial number beginning with "93"), MTV1428CC (serial number beginning with "93" and serial number 9403 212 00001 - 9410 212 20160), and MTV1429CC (serial number beginning with "93" and serial number 9405 113 00001 - 9408 213 01680).

Consumers who own the recalled television sets should immediately stop using them and call GrandeTel Technologies' service center, Service Concept International (SCI), at (714) 836-4981 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. SCI will help consumers determine whether their television set is part of this recall and will arrange to repair the unit at no cost to the consumer.

December 19, 1986  
Release # 86-080


WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Apparel Industries, Inc., New York, New York today announced a voluntary recall of women's oversized fashion tops sold by the firm. Approximately 26,000 units were imported from Portugal and sold nationwide. The tops are identified as styles 3403, 3419 and 3419P and the firm has agreed to provide a full refund to consumers who return the tops to the retail stores where they were purchased.

Although these tops have not been involved in any incidents known to the Commission or to the firm, testing shows that the tops fail to meet the flammability requirement for general wearing apparel.

The oversized fashion tops are made of 100% cotton fleece fabric. A neck label tag states in part, "TROUSERS UP ---MADE IN PORTUGAL". The tops which were sold for $20.00 to $30.00 from August to October, 1986, come in various colors. The styles are:

# 3403 pullover 3 button front (solid color, no print)
# 3419 pullover with mock turtleneck (solid color, no printing)
# 3419P pullover with mock turtleneck with a stenciled design on the front.

For further information consumers may contact Jean Martin of Apparel Industries at 800-223-5543.

October 1, 1986  
Release # 86-058

Washington, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Valor International Limited, an English manufacturer, is issuing a safety notice concerning approximately 3,000 LP gas-fired cabinet heaters which may create a potential fire and explosion hazard due to gas leakage. The heaters are "Cosy-Glo" Model 177 and "Valorette" Model 378. They were imported and sold by Valor America Heating, Inc., Ottsville, Pennsylvania, an independent U.S. firm that has gone out of business. The cabinet heaters were sold primarily in Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsyl vania and Wisconsin from 1980 to 1982 for approximately $250.

The Commission is aware of 5 fire/explosion incidents involving the Cosy-Glo or Valorette heaters. In all 5 incidents property damage and/or injuries were reported.

The heaters were designed to be used with a 20 pound LP gas cylinder stored inside the cabinet, although no LP gas cylinder was sold with the heater and all available LP gas cylinders are intended for outdoor use. Use of the heaters connected to an LP gas cylinder located indoors may create a potential fire and explosion hazard due to gas leakage at the connector valve or pressure regulator. In addition, an LP gas cylinder intended for use outdoors may vent gas into the environment due to the expansion of gas if it is over-filled.

Consumers should discontinue use of the heater and contact 11 their local gas company for assistance in connecting the heater to an outside gas source. Anyone wishing additional information may call the CPSC's toll-free hotline number at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.