EPI ID: 
67504

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Company Phone Number: (877) 575-4533

July 9, 1998

 

Release # 98-139


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Honeywell Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn., is revising the rating of 26,000 electric baseboard heater thermostats and recalling about 2,600 of the devices in the United States. The thermostats are used only on electric baseboard heaters. The thermostats were rated at a higher wattage than they are able to handle. If too much power runs through the thermostats, they can overheat, presenting a potential fire hazard.

In the United States, Honeywell has found 10 instances of thermostats overheating when connected to baseboard heaters using over 3000 watts. In two instances, the unit ignited, resulting in fire damage to the thermostat's casing and smoke damage to the surrounding wall. No injuries have been reported.

The electric baseboard heater thermostats were rated to a 3800 watt maximum, which is a higher wattage than they are able to handle. For thermostats connected to heaters above 2500 watts, Honeywell will send consumers a replacement thermostat rated to 5280 watts. For thermostats connected to heaters at 2500 watts and below, Honeywell will send consumers new labels to revise the maximum wattage to 2500 watts.

The thermostat carries the Honeywell brand name with model T4600 or CT1650. The thermostat also was sold under the King Chronolux brand name with model K4600S. The brand name is stamped on front of the unit, and the model number is located underneath the unit's snap-off front cover. The unit is rectangular in shape and it is white. It has a digital temperature display window near the top with four programming buttons arranged vertically below.

Home centers and hardware stores throughout the United States sold the thermostats between January 1996 and June 1998 for less than $80. The thermostats also have been installed in homes by contractors.

Consumers should stop using the electric baseboard heater thermostat, models T4600, CT1650 and K4600S, and call Honeywell toll free at (877) 575-4533 anytime to determine if their thermostat is involved in this recall. Honeywell will help consumers determine the wattage connected to the thermostat and provide help with any other problems.

Honeywell also sold thermostats in Canada. Canada is issuing its own recall announcement.
Honeywell Thermostat

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Company Phone Number: (800) RITE-AID

June 23, 1998

 

Release # 98-130


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rite Aid Corp., of Camp Hill, Pa., is recalling about 225,000 multi-purpose, refillable, butane gas lighters. These lighters have on/off switches that could be defective, allowing them to be ignited in the off position, and can stay lit after the ignition switch is released, possibly causing burns and unintentional fires.

CPSC and Rite Aid are not aware of any injuries involving these butane lighters. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The recalled butane lighter, item number 4731589-V111, is approximately 11 inches long, has a black plastic base with red plastic trim and a metal igniter shaft. Writing on the lighter's side reads, "MADE IN CHINA." A red sticker on the lighter reads, "SUPER." The item number is written on the bottom of the packaging's cardboard backing.

Rite Aid stores nationwide sold the lighters from March 1998 to May 1998 for about $2.

Consumers with a recalled lighter should stop using it immediately and return it to any Rite Aid store for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers can call (800) RITE-AID between 8 a.m. and midnight EDT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m and 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

Butane Gas Lighter

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Company Phone Number: (866) 670-4844 

February 03, 1999

 

Release # 99-056


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc., of Indianapolis, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 424,000 GE Spacemaker radio cassette players. The unit has an appliance outlet that can overheat, presenting a fire hazard to consumers.

Thomson Consumer Electronics has received three reports of appliance outlets on the units overheating and catching fire, causing minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Only units with model number 7-4285 are involved in this recall. The model number is located on the top of the unit and may or may not be followed by a letter. The unit is designed for under-the-cabinet use and consists of an AM/FM stereo cassette player, a light and a programmable appliance outlet, which allows for a timer to control the power to the outlet. The appliance outlet is located on the left side of the unit. "GE Spacemaker...AM/FM Stereo Cassette Player...Programmable Appliance Outlet" is on the front of the unit. The control panel is black and is located on the front of the unit between the two speakers.

Department, electronic and discount stores nationwide sold the units from January 1992 through December 1995 for about $50 to $80.

Consumers should unplug the units immediately and call Thomson at (866) 670-4844 anytime for instructions on receiving a free replacement unit. Consumers also can contact Thomson at Thomson Inc., GE Spacemaker Recall, P.O. Box 1976, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1976.

No other Spacemaker models are involved in this recall.

GE Spacemaker Radio



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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.

Picture of Recalled SHOlights Aquarium Lights

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Company Phone Number: (800) 228-5942

June 3, 1998

 

Release # 98-119


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), RJS Inc., of Port Washington, N.Y., is conducting a recall of 1,222 Ralph Lauren Thoroughbred Candles. These candles present a fire hazard because their flasks can overheat and burn with high flames.

CPSC and RJS have received two reports from consumers that the candle displayed high flames and the leather wrap melted, which resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The Ralph Lauren Thoroughbred Candles are silver votives that have a saddle-brown-color leather wrap sleeves, and are filled with yellow wax. They have item code RLT027 on their packaging. The packaging is a multicolored brown and green paisley paper box with clear front cover, green ribbon and hangtag. A hang tag is attached to the packaging showing a horse and rider scene. There also are use instructions located in the box.

Major department stores and specialty stores, including Polo, Bloomingdales and Saks 5th Avenue, nationwide have sold these candles between September 1995 and April 1998 for about $30.

Consumers should stop using these candles immediately, and return them to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information, consumers should call RJS Inc. at (800) 228-5942 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

Ralph Lauren Thoroughbred Candle

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Company Phone Number: (800) 934-4497 

January 20, 1999

Limited Too Contact: Tom Katzenmeyer, (614) 415-7555

Release # 99-052


WASHINGTON D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Limited Too Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling approximately 17,600 girls' fleece robes. The robes fail to meet federal flammability standards for children's-sized sleepwear. The standards require sleepwear, including robes, to be flame resistant, and if the garment 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 robes. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The robes involved in this recall are available in girl's sizes 7 through 14. The robes are 100 percent polyester fleece, and made in violet, teal and plaid. The front wrap robes have shawl collars and a tie belt. Some of the garments have matching satin trim around the front opening and collar. The robes are labeled "Limited Too" . . . "100% Polyester" . . . "Made in Sri Lanka."

Limited Too stores nationwide sold the robes from September 1998 through December 1998 for between $60 and $64.

Parents should immediately stop their children from wearing these robes. Return these robes to any Limited Too store for a refund of the full retail price or exchange. 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.

Robes in blue and ivory and robes above size 14 (junior sizes) are not subject to this recall.

In September 1998, CPSC and Limited Too announced a recall of about 390,000 children's satin pajama sets. These pajamas also failed to meet federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear. Limited Too has not received any reports of injuries from these pajamas.

These recalled pajamas are woven, 100 percent polyester pajama sets with a satin finish sold in sizes 6 through 14. They are two-piece pullover or front-button styles with sleeveless, short or long sleeved tops, 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 these 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 or contact Limited Too at the above phone number or address.


Picture of Girls Wearing Recalled Robes

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Company Phone Number: (800) 988-3956

May 22, 1998

 

Release # 98-116


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Conros Corp., of Toronto, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 30,000 "Summer Lights" brand fuel canisters for outdoor bamboo torches. The fuel canister assembly can cause the bamboo pole to ignite.

Conros is aware of three incidents in Ontario, Canada, in which the bamboo pole caught on fire. No injuries or property damage was reported.

The recall involves only those "Summer Lights" torches equipped with a refillable plastic fuel canister with a metal flame guard attached by a spring. "Summer Lights Torch...Refillable Fuel Canister," is written on the front of the plastic fuel canister. Consumers fill the fuel canisters with citronella and place them into a bamboo pole.

Mass merchandise stores nationwide sold the torches from April through May 1998 for about $5.

Consumers should stop using these "Summer Lights" torches immediately, and call Conros toll-free at (800) 988-3956 anytime for refund or replacement information.
Summer Lights Bamboo Torche

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Company Phone Number: (800) 615-4484

May 21, 1998

S.C. Johnson Contact: Cynthia Georgeson, (414) 260-4728

Release # 98-114


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., of Racine, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 1.7 million Gel Candles from Glade. These candles can burn with higher than normal flames, as high as 3 inches above the container, posing a potential fire hazard.

S.C. Johnson is aware of 11 consumer complaints of the gel candles burning with a high flame. No injuries or damage have been reported.

These 3-oz. Gel Candles from Glade have clear, round glass containers about 2 1/2 inches high that contain a scented, hardened gel. The transparent gel candles were sold in three scents and colors: the Raspberry Field-scented gel candles are red, the Freesia Bouquet-scented gel candles are purple and the Tropical Mist-scented gel candles are blue.

Grocery and retail stores nationwide sold the gel candles between March 1998 and May 1998 for between $2 and $3.

Consumers should immediately stop using these gel candles and dispose of them. S.C. Johnson & Son is offering consumers free, full-value replacement coupons for another candle or a refund. For information on obtaining a replacement coupon or a refund, consumers should call S.C. Johnson (800) 615-4484 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT any day of the week.

Glade candles that burn wax are not subject to this recall.

Glade Gel Candles

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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.



JUEGO DE LUCES DE NAVIDAD Lights
Yan Lin Trading Lights

50 or 100 Minature Lights
Wholesale World Lights
 

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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.

Angel Tree-Top Ornament