September 4, 1997


Release # 97-184


WASHINGTON,D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Duracraft Corp. of Southborough, Mass., is recalling about 1 million humidifiers. The humidifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Duracraft has received approximately 85 reports of these humidifiers overheating and catching on fire or producing smoke. There are no confirmed reports of injuries or deaths, but there have been reports of minor and major property damage.

Duracraft model DH-901 through DH-904 humidifiers with date codes that fall within the range of 900101 to 941231 and all model DH-3001 through DH-3006 humidifiers are involved in this recall. The model number and, if applicable, date code are located on a sticker on the bottom of each humidifier's base. These humidifiers have a rectangular shape.

Each humidifier includes a rectangular water tank ranging in size from 1 to 4 gallons. The tank is located next to the mist chamber which has an attached control panel. "Duracraft" is written on the front of the unit.

Major retail stores nationwide sold the humidifiers from January 1991 through June 1996 for about $40 to $80. Consumers should stop using these humidifiers immediately and call Duracraft toll-free at (800) 290-8495 anytime to receive a free replacement part to repair the model DH-901 through DH-904 humidifiers or to receive a replacement unit for model DH-3001 through DH-3006 humidifiers. Consumers can also write to Duracraft at 250 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772.

Duracraft Humidifiers


Firm Telephone Number: (800) 999-4688 

December 14, 2002


Release # 02-068

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), TruHeat Corp., of Allegan, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 142,000 spa heaters sold with Hot Spring® and Tiger River® spas. The spa heaters have an internal electrical connection that can overheat and ignite the heater and spa, posing a fire hazard.

CPSC and TruHeat have received 192 reports of the heaters on these spas failing, and 22 reports of these incidents resulting in fire damage outside the heater or spa. No injuries have been reported.

These are No-Fault® 6000 model spa heaters sold with Hot Spring® and Tiger River® spas. The spa brand name is written on the control panel. The spa heater brand name and model number are on a label on the side of the heater. The spa heater is located behind a removable panel on the front of the spa. Read the owner's manual for instructions on turning off power to the spa before accessing the spa heater. This recall only includes spas installed in 220-volt applications.

Independent spa dealers nationwide sold spas with these heaters from January 1997 through January 2001. The price for these spas is between $4,000 and $9,000.

TruHeat is contacting its customers about this recall and providing them with a free insulation kit. Consumers who have not been contacted should immediately call Watkins, the firm now responsible for TruHeat and this recall, at (800) 999-4688 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET, any day of the week, to determine if their spa heater is part of this recall. To avoid all risk of an incident pending receipt of an insulation kit, consumers are advised to shut off their heaters until a kit is installed. If the spa is in a location where it is exposed to freezing temperatures and the heater is shut off (pending receipt of a kit), the spa should be drained according to the owner's manual to prevent damage to the spa by freezing water.

Picture of Recalled Spa Heater

Picture of Recalled Spa Heater (magnified view)

December 22, 2000
Release # 01-061
CHS Propane Hotline: (800) 635-3998
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CHS Media Contact: Lani Jordan, (651) 451-4946

CPSC, Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives Announce Recall to Inspect Propane Gas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives (CHS) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is voluntarily coordinating the testing of propane gas delivered to dealers in five states. The propane may not have contained enough odorant to allow consumers to smell leaking gas, presenting a fire, explosion or thermal burn hazard to consumers.

CHS learned of two explosions involving propane gas in Montana that resulted in four injuries. CHS is coordinating the testing of propane gas distributed to the following dealers to ensure that the propane produced at the CHS Refinery in Laurel, Montana contained adequate quantities of odorant.

Bingham Co-op, Blackfoot
CHS Propane Plant, Challis
Farmers Supply Cooperative, Council
CHS Propane Plant, Jerome

Farmers Union Oil, Baker
Rocky Mountain Supply, Belgrade
Farmers Union Oil, Chinook
Columbus Propane, Columbus
Mountain View Co-op, Dutton
Farmers Union Oil, Great Falls
Farmers Union Association, Hardin
CHS Country Operations, Havre
CHS Country Operations, Kalispsell
Town and Country Co-op, Laurel
Central Montana Propane, Lewistown
Farmers Union Oil, Lodge Grass
CHS Country Operations, Miles City
CHS Country Operations, Missoula
Farmers Union Oil, Worden

CHS Propane Plant, John Day

Skagit Farmers Supply, Mt. Vernon

Johnson County Co-op, Buffalo
Farmers Cooperative, Gillette
CHS Propane Plant, Gillette
Farmers Co-op Oil, Sheridan
Big Horn Co-op Association, Worland

Consumers who had propane deliveries or purchased propane from these dealers since June 1, 2000, should immediately contact their propane gas suppliers or retail locations where portable cylinders were filled to arrange for testing of the propane. The amount of odorant in the propane can be corrected on-site if the levels are found to be too low to detect by smell. Consumers with questions should call Country Energy, LLC, an affiliate of CHS, 24 hours per day at (800) 635-3998.

CHS is now working with CPSC to supplement CHS's announcement of this testing made earlier this month, to help further disseminate this information to consumers who may have purchased this product.

Note: telephone number change.


Company Phone Number: (847) 914-3973 

December 21, 2000


Release # 01-060d

View Recall #01-060a View Recall #01-060b View Recall #01-060c

PRODUCT: Christmas Trees - Walgreen Co., of Deerfield, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 9,000 artificial Christmas trees with fiber optic lights. The trees are 3 feet tall and are decorated with fiber optic lights, candles, and a star topper. The lights change from purple, to red, to yellow, to green to blue. The tree stand is gold decorated with a ribbon and holly motif. They were sold in a cardboard box labeled in part, "Professional Series Fiber Optic 3 ft. Tree." A picture of the tree appears on the front of the box. Walgreens nationwide sold the trees this holiday season for about $40.

PROBLEM: A color wheel in the tree stand that is used to light the trees can overheat and catch fire.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Two reports of the color wheel overheating and melting. No injuries were reported.

WHAT TO DO: Stop using the trees immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Call Walgreen Co. at (847) 914-3973 for more information.
Picture of Christmas Tree

Note: Phone Number Change.


Company Phone Number: (800) 888-2468

December 14, 2001


Release # 02-067

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), DeVilbiss Air Power Co., of Jackson, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 600 Porter-Cable portable generators. A small hole in the generator's fuel tank, where it mounts to the frame, can leak fuel and pose a fire hazard to consumers.

DeVilbiss has received 10 reports of leaking fuel tanks, though no injuries have been reported.

The recalled gasoline-powered generators have the model number BSI550-W printed on the fuel tank between the handles. These generators also have the date code "09-10-01" printed on a bar code label on the gasoline tank support rail. The generators are red with a black fuel tank and have the brand "Porter-Cable" printed on the fuel tank.

Major home centers nationwide sold these generators from September 2001 through October 2001 for approximately $600.

Consumers should stop using these generators immediately and contact DeVilbiss Air Power Co. toll-free at (800) 888-2468 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday to arrange for a free tank replacement. For more information consumers can visit the company's website at www.devap.com.

Generators produced on dates other than "09-10-01" are not included in this recall.

Picture of Recalled Generator


Company Phone Number: (800) 827-2231 

April 27, 1999


Release # 99-101

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Candles International Inc., of Lynchburg, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 20,500 candles. The candles can burn with a high flame, presenting a potential fire hazard to consumers.

Candles International Inc. has received eight reports of these candles burning with a high flame, resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled candles come in galvanized steel, brass, and copper 13 or 23 ounce containers. A label on the bottom of the candle reads in part, "Old Virginia Candle Co...hand-crafted in the USA." Fragrances include cinnamon, french vanilla, lavender, mulberry, peach, strawberry, hollyberry, pine, bayberry, old time vanilla, evergreen, blueberry, gardens, sugar cookie, gingerbread and rum cake.

Gift and card stores nationwide sold the candles from July 1996 through April 1998 for between $14 and $18.

Consumers should stop using the recalled candles immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For additional information, consumers should call Candles International Inc. at (800) 827-2231 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers also may write Candles International Inc. at 9817 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, Va. 24502, or visit the firm's web site at www.oldvirginiacandle.com.



April 22, 1999
Release # 99-100b

Company Phone Number: (888) 387-7193
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058


PRODUCT: Trouble Lights: Primerica Enterprise, of Deer Park N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 trouble lights. The lights are made up of a metal back and metal caged front, and have a hook. The light's socket and handle are covered with blue plastic, which is attached to a blue electrical cord. There is a receptacle on the light's handle below the black power switch. The lights are available in cord lengths of 15, 25 and 50 feet. The lights were packaged in cardboard display sleeves labeled in part, "HEAVY DUTY TROUBLE LIGHT . . . Made in China." Primerica Enterprise is not written on the product or packaging. Hardware and tool stores in the eastern U.S. sold the lights from December 1997 through January 1999 for about $8 to $12, depending upon the length.

PROBLEM: The lights have undersized wires, and other internal defects presenting fire, shock and electrocution hazards.

Trouble Light


WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the recalled lights immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For additional information, consumers should contact the company at (888) 387-7193 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.



September 3, 1997


Release # 97-181


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Achim Importing Co. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling more than 249,000 oval braided rugs. These rugs, which fail to meet federal mandatory standards for flammability, could ignite readily and present a serious risk of burn injuries in violation of the federal Flammable Fabrics Act.

The standard allows for the sale of flammable small rugs, with an area less than 24 square feet, provided they are labeled, "Flammable (Fails U.S. Department of Commerce Standard FF 2-70): Should not be used near source of ignition." Rugs larger than 24 square feet not meeting this standard are not allowed to be sold. Most of the rugs sold by Achim were less than 24 square feet, but did not bear the required label.

CPSC and Achim are not aware of any injuries involving these rugs. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Achim distributed about 230,000 small rugs, which measure about 20 inches by 30 inches, or 30 inches by 50 inches. They were sold in various mulit-color braids, including Wedgwood blue, burgundy, hunter green, gray and tan. The rugs were labeled in part, "SEASONS BRAID ... TOP QUALITY BRAIDED OVAL RUG ... REVERSIBLE FOR LONGER WEAR ... STAIN AND FADE RESISTANT ... 90% POLYPROPYENE 10% NYLON ... ACHIM Made in China."

Achim also distributed about 6,400 three-rug sets packaged in a plastic, zippered bag.

The sets contained one rug that measures 54 inches by 90 inches, and two rugs that measure 20 inches by 30 inches. They were sold in various multi-color braids, including burgundy, hunter green and blue. The label on the rug sets reads in part, "SEASONS BRAID ... SET OF THREE ... Made in China ... RN#25600."

The single rugs were sold nationwide at Walmart, Family Dollar, Dollar General stores, Woolworths and other independent retailers from January 1997 through June 1997 for about $4 to $5. Walmart stores nationwide sold the three-rug sets from January 1997 through June 1997 for about $50.

Consumers should stop using the large rugs immediately, and return the entire set to the store where purchased for a full refund. At their option, consumers also may return the small rugs purchased individually for a full refund, or keep them and obtain the appropriate caution labels from Achim. All rugs should be removed from areas close to sources of ignition, such as near fireplaces and stoves. Consumers can call Achim at (800) 54-ACHIM or (800) 542-2446 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

Note: The firm is out of business, the remedy is no longer available, and the product should be discarded or destroyed. Sept. 02, 2015



December 13, 2000


Release # 01-053b

View Recall #01-053a

PRODUCT: Candle Holders - ATICO International USA Inc., of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is recalling about 530 candleholders. The candleholders are made of a hard plastic in the shape of a squirrel sitting on the edge of a leaf. The squirrel is holding a marshmallow on a metal stick over the glass cup. A tealight candle can be placed in the cup. The candleholder measures 4.5 inches high by 6.5 inches wide. A label on the bottom of the candleholder reads, "Distributed by Food Hold USA, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia." TOPS stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio sold the candleholders during the month of September 2000 for about $5.

PROBLEM: The plastic marshmallow can ignite when it is used with a burning candle, presenting a fire and burn hazard.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: ATICO International USA Inc. has received two reports of fires. No injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the candle holders immediately and discard or destroy them.

Candle Holders Recalled by ATICO International USA


March 9, 2000

Release # 00-076

Company Phone Number: (877) 562-3816


WASHINGTON D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Michael's Stores Inc., of Irving, Texas, is recalling about 213,000 all-purpose lighters. These lighters can leak butane when they are ignited, causing an excessive burst of flame from the tip or other areas of the lighter. This presents a risk of fire and burn injuries to consumers.

Michael's Stores Inc. has received 14 reports of excessive flame, resulting in three reports of burns to consumers' hands.

The recalled all-purpose lighters are refillable and contain butane. They are about 9 inches long and have a white plastic base; red, green or blue plastic handle with a black plastic trigger and on/off switch; and a metal barrel. A yellow label is affixed to the handle and reads in part, "DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE...MADE IN CHINA." The lighters were packaged in a cardboard display sleeve under the brand name Handy Home. The brand name is not on the lighter.

Handy Home Lighters