February 19, 1987  
Release # 87-010

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Patton Electric Company, New Haven, Indiana is conducting a voluntary corrective action program for certain Patton model HF-6 and HF-12W and Sears, Roebuck and Co. model 201.362010 portable plastic-body electric space heaters. Patton is undertaking this action to correct manufacturing deficiencies in the heaters which may result in the heaters catching fire.

The units subject to this corrective action program were manufactured in 1984 and bear the date codes 8407 to 8412. The model number and date code can be found on the label located on the base of the unit.

The CPSC is aware of at least three instances where units exhibited flaming or melting resulting from the defect in these heaters. No personal injuries have been reported.

The heaters sold for between $20 and $40. The Patton units have a black grill and either a white or a wood grain plastic body. The Sears units have a black grill and a brown plastic body. These heaters were distributed since 1984.

If you have one of these heaters, you should immediately discontinue use of the heater and contact Patton Electric Company at 219 749 2775, for instructions concerning correction of your heator Consumers should not attempt repairs or modifications themselves.

October 2, 1980  
Release # 80-037

WASHINGTON, D.C. ( October 2, 1980 ) -- Owners of more than 18,000 cordless battery-powered lawn mowers are being warned that a possible defect in the mower's battery may pose a fire hazard while the mower sits unused in a garage or storage area. The warning is being issued jointly by the manufacturer, Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. of Towson, Maryland, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The company has received eight separate complaints from consumers reporting that the battery on their lawn mower caught on fire while in storage. Black & Decker currently is conducting tests on their model 8055 cordless battery-powered mowers to determine the exact cause of the fires.

There have been no reports of injuries or deaths related to the fires. In addition, neither CPSC nor the company has received reports of battery fires occurring while the lawn mowers were being used by consumers.

The Black & Decker lawn mowers are orange and white in color and have two blades which produce a 19-inch cut. They were manufactured in 1976 and sold nationwide in hardware stores and other retail outlets between January, 1976 and August, 1980. The model number 8055 is embossed with the words "19-inch Cordless Twin Motor" on the top of the plastic housing next to the battery.

While the company is conducting tests and developing a program to repair the lawn mowers, consumers are being urged to remove the fuses from the battery before placing the mower in storage. Consumers also are being advised to store the mower at a safe distance from flammable materials.

To obtain instructions on how to remove the battery fuses, other safety precautions, and to arrange for future corrections by Black & Decker Service Centers, consumers should call Black & Decker's toll-free number at 800-638-3830. Maryland residents should Call Black & Decker collect at 301-820-2406.

Lawn Mower

November 6, 1979  
Release # 79-063

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov.6)-- The Chim-A-Lator Company, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has announced a voluntary program to modify approximately 15,000 air damper systems for fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. The announcement was made in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Excessively hot chimney temperatures could cause the air damper to close unexpectedly and force smoke or flames back into the room. According to the company, such a heat build-up is caused primarily by overfueling fireplaces, burning dangerous materials, or failing to have the chimney cleaned.

Since 1977, the firm has received a report of one minor burn injury, which occurred when the damper closed accidentally.

The damper systems, which have been manufactured since 1969, are marketed as energy-saving devices to reduce heat loss from air drawn up fireplace and stove chimneys when not in use.

The company is offering a device, which consumers can install themselves, which will ensure that the damper maintains an adequate opening even in extreme temperatures.

Consumers can obtain this free device by writing to the Chim- A-Lator Company, 8824 Wentworth Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55420, telephone: 612/884-7274. The devices will be available after December 1, but consumers should write to the company immediately.

October 1, 1979  
Release # 79-053

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 1 ) -- Thousands of valves on portable gas grills which may pose a fire hazard are being recalled by their manufacturer, the King Seeley Thermos Company, in Prospect, Heights, Illinois. The recall is being conducted voluntarily in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Due to the manufacturer's use of a defective supply of adhesive, some of the 23,383 grills may have faulty valves which leak propane gas. No injuries have been reported.

The grills measure 13 by 23 inches. They have been manufactured since January, 1979 and contain a small one-pound propane cylinder. They have been sold nationwide under the "Structo" brand name in hardware stores and other retail outlets for approximately $40 to $60.

The valves are on models 7962, 7963, 7964, 7965 and 7966. Model 7964 was sold exclusively by K-Mart retail outlets. The model numbers are listed in the instruction manual which accompanied the product, but not on the product itself.

Consumers can obtain a free replacement gas valve by placing a collect call to the company at 815/235-8852.

To verify model numbers, consumers also may contact CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 800/638-2772.

August 30, 1979  
Release # 79-044

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 30) -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. today announced a repair program to correct a potential fire hazard in 21,000 of its 19-inch portable color television sets. The program is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The sets were manufactured with an electrical resistor which may overheat, possibly causing an internal fire which could spread to other combustible materials. The sets were sold from 1973 through 1975.

Sears has received consumer reports of five fires in the television sets. No injuries have been reported.

The sets were sold nationwide under the "Sears" brand name for approximately $490. They can be identified by one of the following model numbers on the back of the cabinet: 564.41990300, 564.419913000, 564.41991301, 564.41991302 or 564.41991303. No other sets are involved.

Consumers should contact their local Sears store or service center to arrange for free repairs.

To verify model numbers, consumers also may contact CPSC's toll-free Hotline 800/638-2772.

August 27, 1979  
Release # 79-043

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 27) -- The Edgewood Chenille Company, a clothing manufacturer in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, is recalling thousands of highly flammable women's garments, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced.

The garments include women's bathrobes, jackets, shorts and tube-tops. All are made of 100 per cent cotton chenille, a soft, unribbed fabric with a high, fuzzy nap.

Since December, 1978, three women have been burned when their bathrobes caught on fire. One of the women was seriously injured with second-and third-degree burns which covered 25 per cent of her body.

In CPSC laboratory tests of the garments conducted since June, 1979, 7 of 10 garments failed to pass the federal flammability standard for adult wearing apparel.

The garments have been sold nationwide since 1975 under the "Edgewood" and "Wrappers" labels in department stores and ladies' apparel stores.

The bathrobes are floor-length and long-sleeved, and wrap in front. They have sold at retail prices ranging from $35 to $60.

The jackets are waist-length and long-sleeved. Some are fashioned as "fitted blazers" with notched collars and padded shoulders, and others as pullovers with hoods and elastic waistbands. They have sold for approximately $30 to $35.

The boxer-style shorts also have elastic waistbands, and have sold from $12 to $15.

The tube-tops are fully elasticized, strapless garments, which have retailed from $10 to $12.

Women who own these garments should return them to their retailers to receive free replacement apparel which complies with the flammability standard.

Anyone who requires additional information about this recall should contact the Edgewood Chenille Company, P.O. Box 14, Tunnel Hill, Georgia, 30755, telephone (404) 935-3121.

August 16, 1979  
Release # 79-040

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 16) -- Intermatic, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of electrical products in Spring Grove, Illinois, is voluntarily recalling the heating units from approximately 53,000 automatic temperature setback controls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced.

The units are being called back because of an integral carbon resistor which may overheat and start fires.

Approximately 3,000 of the units are believed still to be in consumers' possession despite the firm's attempts to recall the product since October, 1978.

The setback controls were sold as a two-piece kit under Intermatic's private label, "Temperature Tender." The kit includes the heating unit and an electric timer, which enable residential heating and cooling systems to operate automatically at pre-set temperatures in order to conserve energy.

They were sold at retail prices of approximately $20 to $25 nationwide.

Commission staffers have been informed of 14 unit failures causing 11 minor fires in similar thermostat control devices.

In conversations with CPSC staff, Intermatic officials have said that they are aware of one fire resulting from failure of their product. No injuries have been reported.

Subject to the recall are the models FSl00 and FSl "Temperature Tender" heating units. The units are an off-white color and measure approximately 1% by 3 inches. They were manufactured between September, 1976 and August, 1977, and between November, 1977 and May, 1978.

The faulty units bear a manufacturer's date code within the following range: 396 through 526, 017 through 327, 427 through 527, or 018 through 218. A date code of 396, for example, designates manufacture during the 39th week of 1976. The date code and model number are on the back of the unit.

In addition, only those units containing a brown-colored carbon resistor (visible through the key-hole slot in the back) are being recalled. Units with a resistor of another color are not subject to the recall, even though they may bear a date code which corresponds to one listed above.

Consumers who own one of these heating units should return it to their retailer for a full refund. Anyone who needs assistance in determining whether their unit is being recalled should write to Department PAS, Intermatic Inc., Intermatic Plaza, Spring Grove, Illinois, 60081.

To check date codes and model numbers, consumers should contact CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 800/638-2772.

July 12, 1979  
Release # 79-033

WASHINGTON, D.C, (July 12) -- The Vernco Division of the Emerson Electric Company in Columbus, Indiana, today announced it is still trying to contact the owners of some of its portable electric fans which could catch on fire. The firm urges consumers to return the fans for free repairs. This announcement was made in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to the firm, the rotors on some 13- and 19-inch fans may lock, possibly causing the motor to overheat and the plastic components to ignite.

CPSC and the company are concerned that consumers using un-repaired fans during the current summer weather are exposing themselves to a potential fire hazard. To date, only a small percentage of the approximately 72,000 fans in question have been returned for modification.

Approximately 75 per cent of the fans were sold by Sears, Roebuck 6 Company. These fans are inscribed with the initials "SR" in the center of a plastic fan guard, are light green in color, and stand on a circular plastic base. The 230inch model sold at a retail price of approximately $30 and the 19-inch for about $50.

The fans marketed directly by Vernco bear the "Vernco" inscription on the fan guard. They are light blue, are also mounted on circular stands, and were sold at comparable prices through other retailers nationwide.

All of the fans were manufactured in 1973 and 1974.

The fans posing the potential hazard are stamped on the bottom with a 5-digit date code ending with the number "3" or "4," along with Vernco model number V-1001 or V-1003, or Sears number 758.80530 or 758.80550.

Consumer who own one' of the fans should return it as soon as possible to the place of purchase to arrange for free repair.

Anyone requiring additional information about the Vernco models being recalled should contact Norman Edwards of Vernco at 812/372-9901. Information about Sears fans can be obtained at any Sears retail store.

Consumers wishing to verify the model numbers may contact CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 800/638-2772.

The hours of operation for Kenmore branded products changed on August 31, 2020.

June 29, 2005
Release #05-213
LG's Recall Hotline: (888) 294-5782
Transform for Kenmore brand products:  (800) 659-7026


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary retrofit of the following consumer product. Consumers should contact the manufacturer or retailer for further instruction.

Name of Product: LG and Kenmore Elite® Trio™ Three-Door Refrigerators.

Units: About 20,000

Manufacturer: LG Electronics Inc., of Lincolnshire, Ill.

Distributor: Sears, Roebuck and Co., of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Problem: A faulty component in the condenser fan motor can short circuit. This could cause the condenser fan motor to overheat, posing a potential fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: LG Electronics has received 82 reports of incidents involving a condenser fan motor failure due to a failed capacitor arcing and smoking. There has been smoke damage in a few incidents. There have been no injuries.

Description: The recalled refrigerators are three-door, 21 to 25 cubic foot units with a bottom freezer. The refrigerators come in titanium, stainless steel, bisque, white or black. Brand names are identified on the door at the top right of the units and the interior data plate. The units have the following model and serial numbers located on the data plate inside the fresh food section of the refrigerator door:


Brand Product Model Number Serial Number Range
Kenmore Elite® Trio™ Trio bottom freezer refrigerator with external filtered water dispenser 21Cu.Ft.
405KRxxxxx through 410KRxxxxx
LG Three-door bottom freezer refrigerator without water dispenser
405KRxxxxxxx through 410KRxxxxxxx


*Not all refrigerators within the serial number range are included in the recall. Consumers should call LG or Sears to determine whether their refrigerator is included in the recall.

Sold at: Sears stores nationwide sold the Kenmore brand exclusively and other major retailers nationwide sold the LG brand refrigerators from May 2004 through May 2005 for between $1,400 and $2,400.

Manufactured in: South Korea

Remedy: Consumers should contact Transform for Kenmore brand products or LG to arrange for a free-home repair.

Consumer Contact: Call LG toll-free at (888) 294-5782 or Transform for Kenmore brand products at (800) 659-7026 during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.  Consumers also can log on to http://us.lge.com for further information on those models included in the repair program and to arrange for an in-home appointment.

Picture of Recalled Refrigerator

Picture of Recalled Kenmore Elite Brand RefrigeratorPicture of Recalled LG Brand Refrigerator

The phone number for Craftsman changed on August 25, 2020.

Name of product:
Air compressors

The air compressor motor can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Recall date:
3, 2011

About 460,000

Consumer Contact:

For additional information, consumers with DeVilbiss, Porter-Cable, Husky and Delta compressors should contact DeVilbiss toll-free at (866) 220-5627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.porter-cable.com or www.devap.com (pdf).  Consumers with Craftsman-brand compressors should call Transform (for Craftsman branded products) toll-free at (800) 659-7026, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT.

Recall Details

Description and Models:

The recalled compressors were sold under the Craftsman, Delta Shopmaster, DeVilbiss, Husky and Porter-Cable brand names. The model number and manufacture date on each unit is located on the unit name plate on the tank. The model numbers, brands, tank size, orientation and color are shown below:


Brand Model Number Tank Tank
Date Range
Craftsman 919-16644 15 gal. vertical Red 5/2004 - 3/2005
Craftsman 919-16724 15 gal. horizontal Red 9/2000 - 3/2003
Craftsman 919-16724-1 15 gal. horizontal Red 9/2002 - 12/2003
Craftsman 919-16724-2 15 gal. horizontal Red 7/2003 - 5/2005
Craftsman 919-16724-3 15 gal. horizontal Red 5/2004 - 1/2005
Craftsman 919-16725 15 gal. horizontal Red 12/2002 - 12/2003
Craftsman 919-16725-1 15 gal. horizontal Red 7/2003 - 8/2004
Porter-Cable C2000-WK 6 gal. pancake Red 1/2004 - 5/2004
Porter-Cable C3001 4 gal. stacked Red 1/2004 - 7/2004
Delta Shopmaster CP503 12 gal. horizontal Gray 6/2002 - 3/2003
Delta Shopmaster CP503-1 12 gal. horizontal Gray 5/2003 - 3/2004
DeVilbiss Impact Series HFAC 3030 3 gal. horizontal Blue 1/2003 - 7/2004
Husky Y6010-WK 25 gal. vertical Red 2/2003 - 9/2003
Husky Y6010-WK-1 25 gal. vertical Red 7/2003 - 9/2003
Husky Y6020-WK 25 gal. vertical Red 5/2003 - 3/2004

Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled compressors and call DeVilbiss or Sears for a free inspection and repair.


DeVilbiss received nine reports of motors overheating, including three reports of fire damage to surrounding property. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At:

DeVilbiss, Porter-Cable, Husky, and Delta Shopmaster brand compressors were sold at home centers nationwide from January 2003 through December 2004 for between $199 and $299. Craftsman-brand compressors were sold at Sears stores nationwide from September 2000 through December 2005 for between $199 and $229.


DeVilbiss Air Power Company of Jackson, Tenn.

Manufactured In:
United States
Recall number: