EPI ID: 
67504

The phone number and monitoring hours for Kenmore branded products changed on August 31, 2020.

Name of product:
LG Electronics and Kenmore Elite® Gas Dryers
Hazard:

The gas valve in the recalled dryers can fail to shut off properly, continuing to heat the dryer and its contents after the drying cycle is complete. High temperatures inside and on the exterior surface of the dryers can scorch the drum, as well as burn or damage the dryer contents, posing a risk of burn, fire and smoke inhalation.

Remedy:
Repair
Recall date:
21, 2012
Units:
About 21,000
Consumer Contact:

LG Consumer Contact: For additional information about the recall and to schedule a repair, contact LG toll free at (866) 223-5355 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firm's website at www.lg.com/us and click on Public Notices. 

Sears Consumer Contact:  For additional information and to schedule a repair, contact Transform for Kenmore brand products toll-free at (800) 659-7026 during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Recall Details

Description and Models:

LG Electronics and Sears' Kenmore Elite brand gas dryers come in the following colors: LG models in white; Kenmore Elite® in red, white and ginger (gold). Model and serial numbers can be found on a label fixed to the front of the dryer above the opened door, which can be viewed only when the dryer door is open. To confirm if your dryer is part of this recall, identify both model and serial numbers, since not all dryers with the listed models are recalled.

Brand Model Numbers Serial Numbers
LG Electronics DLG0452W


DLG1320W




DLG2051W
001KW**00001 through 001KW**00090
911KW**00271 through 911KW**00630

001KW**00001 through 001KW**01518
002KW**00001 through 002KW**00450
911KW**00184 through 911KW**00561
912KW**00001 through 912KW**00090

001KW**00001 through 001KW**03150
002KW**00001 through 002KW**01620
911KW**00061 through 911KW**01860
912KW**00001 through 912KW**02520
Kenmore Elite® 796.90512900



796.90518900




796.91022900




796.91028900




796.91029900



796.92192900



796.92198900



796.92199900
001KW**00001~001KW**00180
911KW**00091~911KW**00450
912KW**00001~912KW**00450

001KW**00001~001KW**00540
002KW**00001~002KW**00090
911KW**00001~911KW**00450
912KW**00001~912KW**00270

001KW**00001~001KW**00360
002KW**00001~002KW**00042
911KW**00001~911KW**00315
912KW**00001~912KW**00540

001KW**00001~001KW**00270
002KW**00001~002KW**00090
911KW**00001~911KW**00171
912KW**00001~912KW**00539

001KW**00001~001KW**00270
911KW**00271~911KW**00402
912KW**00001~912KW**00450

001KW**00001~001KW**00270
911KW**00181~911KW**00542
912KW**00001~912KW**00270

001KW**00001~001KW**00360
911KW**00001~911KW**00440
912KW**00001~912KW**00270

001KW**00001~001KW**00084
911KW**00091~911KW**00361
912KW**00001~912KW**00270

 

 
Remedy:

Consumers should turn off the gas supply and stop using the dryers until repaired.  LG brand owners who purchased their dryer at retailers other than Sears should contact LG customer service to arrange for a free gas valve replacement.  Customers who purchased Kenmore or LG brand dryers from Sears should contact Transform for Kenmore branded products to schedule a free repair to replace the gas valve.  Some consumers have already been notified and have received the repair service. 

ATTENTION:  Dryers that have a colored sticker on the back, top, or a colored sticker or a plus sign (“+”) on the back, bottom, near the gas valve assembly, have already been repaired.  If accessible, consumers can check for these stickers or sign.  If not accessible, contact LG or Transform for Kenmore branded products as detailed below.

Incidents/Injuries:

LG Electronics and Sears have received 141 consumer complaints about dryers continuing to heat after the drying cycle is complete. There were three reports of minor burns to hands or arms. Burnt or scorched clothing was reported in more than 50 incidents.

Sold At:

LG Electronics brand gas dryers were sold by various appliance stores, including Sears, nationwide from November 2009 through August 2010. Kenmore Elite® brand gas dryers were sold at Sears stores nationwide from November 2009 through August 2010. The approximate retail cost for the recalled dryers was between $650 and $1500 for these various models.

Manufacturer(s):

LG Electronics, Inc., of South Korea

Manufactured In:
South Korea
Recall number:
12-251

The phone number and monitoring hours for Kenmore branded products changed on August 31, 2020.

Name of product:
Certain Frigidaire and Kenmore Elite Smoothtop Electric Ranges
Hazard:

Depending on the model, the surface heating elements can: 1) turn on spontaneously without being switched on; 2) fail to turn off after being switched off; or, 3) heat to different temperatures than selected. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Remedy:
Repair
Recall date:
27, 2009
Units:
About 200,000
Consumer Contact:

 For additional information, contact Frigidaire at (888) 360-8556 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET or visit the firm’s recall web site at www.smoothtoprangerecall.com.  Consumers who purchased their products at Sears should contact Transform for Kenmore brand products toll-free at (800) 659-7026 during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves Frigidaire, Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Professional and Kenmore Elite smoothtop electric ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays. The following model and serial numbers are included in the recall:

Frigidaire (Serial Number Range VF122xxxxx - VF831xxxxx) and Models Beginning with
FEFBZ90GC
FEFLMC55GC
FEFLZ87GC
GLEF396AB
GLEF396AQ
GLEF396AS
GLEF396CQ
GLEF396CS

GLEFM397DB
GLEFM397DQ
GLEFM397DS
GLEFM97FPB
GLEFM97FPW
GLEFM97GPB
GLEFM97GPW
LEEFM389FE PLEF398AC
PLEF398CC
PLEF398DC
PLEFM399DC
PLEFMZ99EC
PLEFMZ99GC
PLEFZ398EC
PLEFZ398GC

 

Kenmore Elite (Serial Number Range VF122xxxxx - VF334xxxxx) and Models Beginning with
790.99012 790.99013 790.99014 790.99019

The model and serial number can be found by opening the range drawer at the base of the unit.

 

 
Remedy:

Consumers should stop using the recalled ranges immediately and contact Frigidaire or Transform for Kenmore brand products to schedule a free repair.

Incidents/Injuries:

Frigidaire has received 126 reports of incidents, including four reports of minor burns and two reports of minor property damage.

Sold At:

Sears and other national chain and independent retailers nationwide from June 2001 through August 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,500.

Manufacturer(s):

Frigidaire, a division of Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Augusta, Ga.

Recall number:
09-333

The phone number and monitoring hours for Kenmore branded products changed on August 31, 2020.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued July 30, 2009
Revised January 26, 2011
Release # 09-292

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 734-4519
Firm's Media Contact: (614) 761-2633
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 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: Crosley®, Frigidaire®, Kelvinator®, Kenmore®, Wascomat®, and White-Westinghouse® clothes washers

Units: About 35,000

Distributor: Frigidaire, of Cleveland, Ohio

Hazard: An internal defect in the washer's drain pump can cause heat to build up, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the Crosley®, Frigidaire®, Kelvinator®, Kenmore®, Wascomat®, and White-Westinghouse® top load washers, 3.1 cubic foot front load washers and laundry centers.

PRODUCT TYPE BRAND MODEL SERIAL NUMBER
Top Load Washer Crosley, Frigidaire, Kelvinator,
White- Westinghouse
CTW100FW GLWS1749FS SWS833HS
FTW3011KW KWS1349DS SWX703HQ
FTW3014KW MWS939AS SWX703HS
FWS1233FS SWS1233HQ WWS833FS
FWS933FS SWS1233HS WWTW3000KW
GLWS1439FC SWS1339HS  
GLWS1439FS SWS1649HS  
XC90306228 to XC91606302
Front Load Washer Crosley, Frigidaire, Wascomat,
White- Westinghouse
CFW2000FW FTF530FS WE17N
FCCW3000FS GLTF1570FS WTF330HS
FTF1240FS WE17M  
XC90501765 to XC91607678
Laundry Center Crosley, Frigidaire, Kenmore,
White -Westinghouse
97812 CLCE900FW GLET1142FS
97912 FEX831FS GLGH1642FS
97962 FGX831FS GLGT1031FS
C97812 FLGB8200FS GLGT1142FS
C97912 GCET1031FS MEX731CFS
C97962 GLEH1642FS SWSG1031HS
CLCE500FW GLET1031FS SWXG831HS
XE85104013 to XE91603486

          *Not all serial numbers within these ranges are affected.

Model and serial numbers can be located as follows:

Top load washer = open the product's lid, and the model and serial number are located inside the product's lid, on the top, right hand corner.

Front load washer = open the door, and the model and serial number are located with other information at the top, center.

Laundry center = open the door to the dryer, and the model and serial number are located on the outer edge of the door nearest the door's handle.

Sold by: Sears and other retailers nationwide from February 2009 through May 2009 for between $300 and $1100.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the machine. Consumers should contact Frigidaire or Sears (if unit was purchased there) to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact:  For additional information, contact Frigidaire at (800) 734-4519 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, or visit the firm’s web site at www.laundrypumprecall.com.  For consumers who purchased their product at Sears, contact Transform for Kenmore brand products toll-free at (800) 659-7026 during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

The phone number and monitoring hours for Kenmore branded products changed on August 31, 2020.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2008
Alert #08-573

 

 

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Kenmore Wall Ovens

Units: About 7,500

Manufacturer: Frigidaire Canada, a sister company of Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio

Hazard: During extended broiling, gas can build in the oven cavity and escape when the oven door is opened. This poses a burn and possible fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Electrolux has received 16 reports of incidents involving gas build-up, including flames escaping from the oven door, burns to the hands and face and singed hair.

Description: This recall involves Kenmore 24-inch-wide gas and propane, wall-mounted ovens. The self-cleaning ovens were sold in white, black, bisque and stainless steel, and have the Kenmore name printed on the oven control panel. The model and serial numbers of the ovens that are part of this recall can be found on the frame on the left side of the oven cavity.

Model Numbers Serial Number Range
790.30472400, 790.30473400,
790.30473401, 790.30474400,
790.30479400
NF401xxxxx through
NF610xxxxx

Sold at: Sears, Sears Hardware, Kmart and the great indoors stores nationwide and Sears.com from September 2004 through October 2007 for between $760 and $1,150.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the “broil” feature on recalled ovens and contact Transform for Kenmore branded products to schedule a free repair.  Consumers may continue to use the “bake” feature.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Transform for Kenmore brand products toll-free at (800) 659-7026 during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Picture of Recalled Wall Oven

The phone number and monitoring hours for Kenmore branded products changed on August 31, 2020.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2007
Release #08-110

 

 

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: Built-in Combination Wall and Microwave Ovens

Units: About 92,000

Manufacturer: GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: The door switch in the microwave oven can overheat and ignite plastic components in the control area, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The lower thermal oven does not pose a hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: GE is aware of 35 incidents of minor property damage and one incident in which a fire damaged adjacent kitchen cabinets. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes GE combination microwave and conventional built-in wall ovens sold under the following brand names: GE, GE Profile® and Kenmore. The ovens were sold in white, black, bisque and stainless steel. The brand name is printed on the lower left corner on the front of the microwave door. The following model and serial numbers can be found inside the microwave oven on the left interior wall.

  Recalled Models Serial number
begins with:
GE / GE Profile JKP85B0A3BB, JKP85B0D1BB, JKP85W0A3WW, JKP85W0D1WW,
JKP86B0F1BB, JKP86C0F1CC, JKP86S0F1SS, JKP86W0F1WW,
JT965B0F1BB, JT965C0F1CC, JT965S0F1SS, JT965W0F1WW,
JTP85B0A2BB, JTP85B0A3BB, JTP85B0A4BB, JTP85B0A5BB,
JTP85B0D1BB, JTP85W0A2WW, JTP85W0A3WW, JTP85W0A4WW,
JTP85W0A5WW, JTP85W0D1WW, JTP86B0F1BB, JTP86C0F1CC,
JTP86S0F1SS, JTP86W0F1WW, JTP95B0A2BB, JTP95B0A3BB,
JTP95B0A4BB, JTP95B0A5BB, JTP95B0D1BB, JTP95W0A2WW,
JTP95W0A3WW, JTP95W0A4WW, JTP95W0A5WW, JTP95W0D1WW
AZ, DZ, FZ, GZ, HZ,
LZ, MZ, RZ, SZ, TZ,
VZ, ZZ, AA, DA, FA,
GA, HA, LA, MA, RA,
SA, TA, VA, ZA, AD,
DD, FD, GD, HD, LD,
MD, RD, SD, TD, VD,
ZD, AF, DF, FF, GF,
HF, LF, MF, RF, SF,
TF, VF, ZF
Kenmore
(All model numbers
start with 911)
41485991, 41485992, 41485993, 41485994, 41489991, 41489992,
41489993, 41489994, 49485992, 49489992, 47692100, 47699100,
47862100, 47869100, 47812200, 47813200, 47814200, 47819200,
47792200, 47793200, 47794200, 47799200
0, 1, 2, 3

Sold at: Department and appliance stores from January 2000 to December 2003 for between $1,500 and $2,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the microwave oven immediately.  Consumers should contact GE regarding their GE/GE Profile micro-oven combo or Transform for Kenmore branded products for their Kenmore unit.  GE is offering a free repair or rebate on a new product, a $300 rebate toward the purchase of a new GE brand unit, or a $600 rebate toward the purchase of a new GE Profile brand unit.  Transform for Kenmore branded products is offering a free repair or $300 rebate toward the purchase of a new Kenmore brand unit.  Consumers can continue using the lower thermal oven.

Consumer Contact: For additional information on GE/Profile units, contact General Electric toll-free at (888) 240-2745 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit GE’s web site at www.geappliances.com.  For additional information on Kenmore units, contact Transform for Kenmore brand products toll-free at (800) 659-7026 during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

 

Picture of Recalled Built-in Combination Wall and Microwave Oven

Picture of Recalled Microwave with Location of Model and Serial Numbers

Picture of Model and Serial Numbers

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

Name of product:
Air compressors
Hazard:

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

Remedy:
Repair
Recall date:
30, 2012
Units:
About 460,000
Consumer Contact:

For additional information, consumers with Craftsman-brand compressors should call Transform toll-free at (800) 659-7026, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Recall Details

Description and Models:

The recalled compressors were sold under the Craftsman, EX-CELL, Porter-Cable and Pro-Air II brand names. Recalled models have air slots at the end of the motor that form a horizontal and vertical grid. The model number on each unit is located on the unit name plate on the tank. The recalled model numbers, tank size, color and manufactured date are shown below:

 

BRAND MODEL NUMBER TANK TANK COLOR MANUFACTURED ON OR AFTER
Mfg Date or Yr-Week-xx
Craftsman 919-165531 30 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-165541 30 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-165550 30 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-165560 33 gal. horizontal Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-167280 26 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-167281 26 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-167311 30 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-167312 30 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-167320 33 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-167321 33 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-167341 33 gal. horizontal Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-167342 33 gal. horizontal Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-168700 33 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-168710 33 gal. horizontal Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
Craftsman 919-237540 30 gal. vertical Red 37827 or 2003-30-xx
EX-CELL EXFBC6025-1 25 gal. horizontal Black 39489 or 2008-07-xx
Porter-Cable C3101-2 4.3 gal. side stack Red 39489 or 2008-07-xx
Porter-Cable C3151-2 4.5 gal. horizontal Red 39489 or 2008-07-xx
Porter-Cable C6110-1 25 gal. vertical Red 39489 or 2008-07-xx
Porter-Cable C6110-2 25 gal. vertical Red 39489 or 2008-07-xx
Pro-Air II PAFBC6025VP-1 25 gal. vertical Black 39489 or 2008-07-xx

Consumers with a compressor manufactured before the dates shown, but had a motor replaced after July 25, 2003, should also check the end cap. The end cap is visible from underneath the motor cover.

 
Remedy:

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled compressors and call DeVilbiss Air Power Co. or Sears for a free repair kit.

Incidents/Injuries:

DeVilbiss has received 10 reports of motors overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At:

EX-CELL, Porter-Cable and Pro-Air II-brand compressors were sold by industrial and construction distributors from July 2003 through December 2008 for between $259 and $299. Craftsman-brand compressors were sold at Sears stores nationwide from July 2003 through December 2008 for between $279 and $329.

Manufacturer(s):

DeVilbiss Air Power Co. of Jackson, Tenn.

Manufactured In:
United States
Recall number:
12-269
Name of product:
Gems 3100 Pressure Detectors/Transducers
Hazard:

The transducer can fail to accurately detect water pressure in a fire suppression sprinkler system. This could cause the sprinkler system to fail to activate and pump water to the sprinklers in the event of a fire.

Remedy:
New Instructions
Replace
Recall date:
24, 2012
Units:
About 25,000
Consumer Contact:

For additional information, call the company toll-free at (855) 877-9666, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at http://www.gemssensors.com

Recall Details

Description:

The Gems 3100 Pressure Transducer is used to detect pressure in a range of applications, including the detection of water pressure as part of a fire pump controller in a fire suppression sprinkler system. The transducer has "Gems Sensors & Controls," as well as the 18- digit part number, printed on a label affixed to the center of the transducer. Part numbers beginning with "3100" are included in this recall.

 
Remedy:

Contact Gems to receive enhanced twice monthly inspection instructions and information about a free replacement transducer, when warranted. End-users who use the 3100 Pressure Transducer in other applications in which water pressure is measured should contact Gems to determine if their units are affected.

Incidents/Injuries:

None.

Sold At:

Gems sold the recalled 3100 Pressure Transducers directly to end-users and through distributors from January 2006 through February 2012 for about $250.

Importer(s):

Gems Sensors Inc., of Plainville, Conn.

Manufactured In:
England
Recall number:
12-156

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

June 18, 2007
Alert #07-558

 

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Briggs & Stratton OHV Snow Thrower Engines

Units: About 480,000

Manufacturer: Briggs & Stratton Corp., of Wauwatosa, Wis.

Hazard: When the engines are primed, excess fuel can overflow into the carburetor and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Briggs & Stratton has received 48 reports of fire. There have been no reports of injury. The firm has received one report of minor property damage.

Description: The recall includes snow equipment with Briggs & Stratton OHV engines that have model numbers beginning with 12, 15, 20, or 21, and a date of manufacture (DOM) code between 000601xx and 070301xx. The engines were installed on the following brand snow throwers: Ariens, Canadiana, Craftsman, Frontier Equipment, Husqvarna, Poulan Pro, Simplicity and Snapper. The engine model number and DOM information are located on the cylinder shield or rocker cover. Call for more information about determining if your snow thrower engine is included in the recall.

Sold at: Various snow thrower dealers nationwide from June 2000 through February 2007 for between $630 and $2,350 for the snow thrower.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the snow throwers. Call or contact the firms listed below to arrange for the free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Briggs & Stratton toll-free at (866) 478-7855 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Website at www.briggsandstratton.com - Dealers can be found by using the Dealer Locator at the Briggs & Stratton's Web site. Consumers with Craftsman brand snow throwers should call Sears toll-free at (800) 659-7026 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

Note: Keep fuel or equipment with fuel in tank away from furnaces, stoves, water heaters or other appliances that have a pilot light or other ignition source, because they can ignite vapors.


 

Picture of Snow Thrower

Picture of Snow Thrower
Locations of engine numbers

Picture of Snow Thrower
A - Cylinder Shield, or B - Rocker Cover


 

Note: This recall has been reannounced and recall hotline hours changed. The phone number for Craftsman changed on August 25, 2020.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Firm's Hotline: (866) 229-5570

August 16, 2006

 

Release # 06-232

 

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: Black & Decker and Craftsman Brand Cordless Electric Lawnmowers

Units: About 160,000 mowers -- Note: 140,000 of these Black & Decker and Craftsman brand lawnmowers were recalled in September 2002, but also are included in this recall.

Manufacturer: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md.

Hazard: An electrical component in the lawnmowers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Black & Decker has received 10 additional reports of electrical components overheating, including one additional report of a fire extending beyond the mower. -- Note: The original recall involved 11 reports of electrical components overheating. One of these resulted in a minor hand burn and nine resulted in reports of minor property damage extending beyond the mower.

Description: The mowers were sold under both the Black & Decker and Craftsman brand names. The recalled Black & Decker mowers have the model CMM1000 or CMM1000R and are labeled as Type 1 through Type 4, both of which are located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. Mowers labeled as Type 5 are not included in this recall. The Black & Decker mowers have either an orange or green deck with a black motor cover. The Craftsman-brand mowers have model number 900.370520 and include all date codes and types. The model number is located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Craftsman mowers have a dark green deck with a black motor cover.

Sold by: Home center, hardware and discount stores, and authorized Black & Decker dealers nationwide from February 1996 through December 2005 for between $360 and $450. Craftsman-brand mowers were sold at Sears and Orchard Supply Hardware stores nationwide from January 1998 through December 2000 for between $360 and $400.

Manufactured In: United States and Canada

Remedy: All consumers should stop using the lawnmowers immediately and call for information on receiving a free inspection and repair if necessary. Consumers who had their mowers repaired as a result of the previous recall should have their mowers again inspected and repaired, if necessary, as part of this recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers with Black & Decker mowers should contact Black & Decker toll-free at (866) 229-5570 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.blackanddecker.com Consumers with Craftsman-brand lawnmowers should call (800) 659-7026 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

 

Picture of Recalled Black & Decker Cordless Electric Lawnmowers

Picture of Recalled Craftsman Cordless Electric Lawnmowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Phone Number: (800) 927-5291

October 14, 1999

Central Contact: Anne Buchanan, (800) 775-8718

Release # 99-008

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Central Sprinkler announced today the nationwide recall of approximately 8.4 million Omega brand fire sprinklers manufactured since 1982 by Central Sprinkler Corp. and its subsidiary, Central Sprinkler Co., of Lansdale, Pa. CPSC alleges that Omegas are defective and could likely fail in a fire. This recall announcement follows the resolution of the lawsuit filed by the Commission staff against these companies on March 3, 1998.

CPSC alleges that, on average, between 30 and 40 percent of Omegas removed from various locations across the country for testing failed to activate as they should. In some buildings, all Omegas tested failed to activate. CPSC is warning consumers that they are at risk of bodily injury or death and should have Omegas replaced as soon as possible. CPSC is urging consumers to take immediate action to determine whether the buildings where they live and work are equipped with Omegas, and if so, to call the Omega Sprinkler Recall Hotline to participate in the recall. Properly functioning fire sprinklers save lives when a fire occurs. With the Omega sprinklers, this line of defense may not be there when it is needed most.

CPSC has received reports of Omega sprinklers not functioning in 17 fires. At least four persons suffered injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation. Over $4.3 million in property damage has been reported. The fires occurred between 1990 and the present in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. In some cases, the sprinkler directly above the fire failed to operate.

Omega fire sprinklers are installed in homes, schools, hospitals, dormitories, nursing homes, prisons, offices, hotels and other buildings as well as federal buildings, including the Smithsonian Museums and the U.S. Capitol, which house many of the country's historical artifacts. Omegas have been or are being removed from many state and federal buildings, including the White House. As part of the settlement agreement, Central has asked Underwriters Laboratories to withdraw its listing of approval for all Omega brand fire sprinklers.

Consumers themselves should be able to determine whether their homes or other buildings are equipped with Omega fire sprinklers. On most models, consumers will be able to see three flat round metal disks stacked one above the other with a small space between each disk. Consumers should not attempt to unscrew the sprinkler or shut down their sprinkler system to determine if they have Omegas. Central will send consumers a packet of information to help them identify the sprinklers involved.

The recall of the Omega sprinklers includes models referred to or marked as follows:

- C1 (or C-1)

- C1A (or C-1A)

- C-1A PRO (or C1-A PRO)

- C1-A PRO QR

- EC-20

- EC-20A

- R-1

- R-1A

- R-1M

- Flow Control (FC, Flow Control-FC)

- Protector-M or M Protector (Upright, Pendent, Sidewall, Sidewall EC)

- HEC-12

- EC-12 RES

- HEC-12 EC

- HEC-12 EC PRO

- HEC-12 ID

- HEC-12 PRO

- HEC-12 PRO QR

- HEC-20

- Prohibitor QR and AC.

Central is offering consumers free replacement glass bulb fire sprinklers and reimbursement toward the cost of having Omega sprinklers removed and replaced. CPSC routinely requires companies to pay the full costs associated with recalls. In this case, Central's reported financial condition reveals that its ability to pay the cost of replacing the Omega sprinklers is limited. Consumers are urged to call the Omega Sprinkler Recall Hotline, available 24 hours a day, at (800) 927-5291 or to access the Omega recall website at omegarecall.com to participate in the recall. For consumers to get any monetary reimbursement for installation costs, they must submit a proof of claim and release to Central postmarked by August 1, 1999. Consumers are urged to take immediate action and call today.

Since Omegas may not operate in a fire, it is particularly important that consumers have at least one fully operational smoke detector on every floor of their home, especially near bedrooms. To ensure that the detector's batteries are working, test the detector every month. Consumers also should have a well-defined and rehearsed escape plan and an alternate escape plan in the event of a fire.
 

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