EPI ID: 
67504

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November 1, 1999

Release # 00-010a

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Company Phone Number: (212) 889-6740

 

PRODUCT: Cigarette Lighters - Penda New York Inc., of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 22,300 novelty and disposable cigarette lighters. The novelty lighters are plastic and shaped as a "BMW" toy car with flashing lights and keychain, a "Coke" soda bottle, a "Budweiser" beer can with flashing lights, a fire extinguisher, and a telephone pager with flashing lights belt clip. The disposable lighters are silver-colored metal and are relatively flat, measuring 2.75 inches long, 1 inch wide and .25 inch thick. A "MADE IN CHINA" label is on each lighter. Small stores and souvenir shops in the New York and Miami areas sold the lighters from January 1999 through July 1999 for about $5. U.S. Customs alerted CPSC to this product hazard.

Recalled Cigarette Lighters

PROBLEM: The lighters do not have any child-resistant mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young children could ignite the lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.

WHAT TO DO: Stop using these lighters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call Penda New York Inc. collect at (212) 889-6740 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Note: Firm is out of business and remedy is no longer available.

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Company Phone Number: (888) 420-6272 

December 16, 1998

 

Release # 99-038

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Marco Manufacturing Inc., of Lynwood, Calif., re-emphasized the recall of more than 22,000 gas decorative fireplaces to repair their vent systems. If the interior vent pipe separates from its connection to the exterior wall of the house, hot exhaust gases can start a fire inside the wall.

Marco and CPSC are aware of 22 fires involving these fireplaces. Several of these fires caused extensive damage. No injuries have been reported.

The Marco gas fireplaces subject to this recall have a sealed glass-front panel and vent systems that exit the house through the side wall. The fireplaces can be identified by a six or seven digit model number starting with 794 or 797. These model numbers can be found on a label inside the unit's lower grill door. Most of the fireplaces have model designations that include the letters, "CCT." Older models have the designation "MGC36DV." The model designation can be found on the owner's manual.

Gas appliance, and hearth and fireplace distributors and dealers sold these fireplaces from February 1993 through November 1997 for about $1,000, and the separate vent system for about $140. Most of these fireplaces were installed during new home construction.

Marco already has repaired about 9,000 fireplace vent systems since July 1998. All other owners need to stop using these recalled fireplaces immediately. Marco will arrange for free repair of recalled fireplaces. For additional information, assistance in determining if you have a recalled fireplace or to arrange for a free repair, consumers should call Lennox, which bought Marco, at (888) 420-6272.

Marco agreed to notify all consumers who have these recalled fireplaces and make the repairs. However, this alert is being issued because not all consumers have been notified by the company about the fire hazard and repairs have not been completed.

Fire Place
 

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Company Phone Number: (800) 5HOLMES

October 21, 1999

 

Release # 00-009

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Holmes Products Corp., of Milford, Mass., is recalling about 45,000 heaters. The thermostats in some of these heaters are improperly positioned, which can cause them to overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Holmes Products has received 11 reports of these units overheating and catching fire. Six of these incidents resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

These "Wide-Angle," portable heaters, manufactured in 1998, are approximately 12 inches high, and are in the shape of a half-circle. The front is white, and the back is gray. The units have two knobs on the top. The date code, which includes the number 98, is located on the back, right-hand corner of the units just above the box containing the Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) logo. Other writing inside the UL box includes, "MODEL: HFH-297" and "MADE IN CHINA." "Holmes(r)" also is written in the UL box and on the front of the unit.

Mass merchandise stores, such as Kmart and Target, sold these heaters from September 1998 through July 1999 for about $27.

Consumers should immediately stop using these heaters, and contact Holmes for information on how to receive a refund. For more information, call Holmes at (800) 5HOLMES. Consumers also can access Holmes' web site at www.holmesproducts.com.

Picture of Recalled Holmes Heater

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October 20, 1999

Release # 00-007b

View Recall # 00-007a

Company Phone Number: (800) 467-8445

PRODUCT: Weed Trimmers, Brushcutters and Augers - Stihl Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 7,200 weed trimmers, 192 brushcutters and 344 augers. The trimmers, sold with both loop- and bicycle-type handles, have model numbers FS 120 and FS 200. The brushcutters, with bicycle-type handles, have model number FS 350. The augers have model number BT 120C, and are used to drill holes in the ground. The model numbers are located on the top of the engines' shrouds. The serial number is stamped into the crank case base, and can be seen by turning the unit upside down and looking at the metal plate on the muffler side between the fuel tank and muffler shroud.

The recalled Model FS 120 units have serial numbers from:

241229059 through 241230468
241853315 through 241854114
241227959 through 241229058
241851265 through 241853314

The recalled Model FS 200 units have serial numbers from:

241212359 through 241212808
241854855 through 241855104
241230469 through 241230868
241854115 through 241854854

The recalled Model FS 350 units have serial numbers from:

141615623 through 141616122

The recalled Model BT 120C units have serial numbers from:

141585723 through 141585922
141722570 through 141722819.

The model number and the word "Stihl" is written on the products. Stihl dealers sold these trimmers, brushcutters and augers from November 1998 through September 1999 for between $400 and $700, depending on the model purchased.

PROBLEM: Fuel could leak from an unsealed seam in the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Stihl is aware of one incident in Europe of a fuel leak from a trimmer. No injuries were reported.

WHAT TO DO: Stop using these products immediately, and call Stihl to determine if your trimmer, brushcutter or auger is part of this recall. If so, consumers should return it to an authorized Stihl dealer for a free replacement fuel tank. For more information, call Stihl at (800) 467-8445 between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. ET Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. Consumers also can get more information on Stihl's web site at www.stihlusa.com.

Picture of Recalled Stihl Trimmers, Bushcutter, and Augers

Picture of Recalled Stihl Trimmers, Bushcutter, and Augers

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Company Phone Number: (888) 682-2388 

April 9, 1998

 

Release # 98-094


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ERA Intermarketing Co. Inc. of City of Industry, Calif., is recalling about 840,000 Elite-2 disposable cigarette lighters. The lighters do not meet the 1994 requirement for child-resistant mechanisms in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act. This act requires amechanism on disposable and novelty lighters shown to prevent ignition of the lighters by most children under 5 years old. Each year, CPSC estimates 190 deaths are caused by children under 5 years old playing with lighters.

CPSC and ERA Intermarketing are not aware of any injuries involving these cigarette lighters. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The Elite-2 lighters are made of clear plastic tinted in assorted colors. The metal top is labeled "ELITE," and the lighter label bears the bar code: "16229 12001" and the date code, "3/97."

Small retailers sold the Elite-2 cigarette lighters nationwide from June 1997 to March 1998 for about $1. Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them to ERA Intermarketing for a full refund, including postage, at:

Product Recall
ERA Intermarketing Co., Inc.
200 S. 5th Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746

For more information about this recall, consumers should call ERA Intermarketing Co. Inc. toll-free at (888) 682-2388 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.

CPSC discovered this defective product as part of ongoing import surveillance in conjunction with the U.S. Customs Service.

Elite Lighter

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March 24, 1997

 

Release # 97-086


WASHINGTON D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Melcon Design LLC of NewYork, N.Y., is recalling over 1,900 long-haired chenille sweaters for women sold under the brand name "RELAIS." The fabric, which fails to meet federal mandatory standards of fabric flammability, may ignite readily and presents aserious risk of burn injuries in violation of the federal Flammable Fabrics Act. Fabrics that do not comply with the standard typically burn faster than newspaper.

CPSC and Melcon Design LLC are not aware of anyinjuries involving these sweaters.

This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The long-haired chenille sweaters are labeled "RELAIS"at the neck and "100% RAYON...DRY CLEAN ONLY...MADE IN U.S.A." at the lower part of a side seam. The sweaters comein four styles: crop crew, fitted cardigan (with collar), fitted polo (with collar and short front opening), and turtleneck tunic. The sweaters come in a variety of sizes and also a variety of colors, including black, brown, gray, blue, green, pink, and off-white.

The sweaters were sold from November 1996 through January 1997 for about $80 to $150. Nordstrom sold the sweaters in their West Coast, Texas, Chicago, and Washington metropolitan area stores, and nationwide about 100 smallretailers sold the sweaters.

Consumers should immediately stop wearing these sweaters and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund or credit. For additional information about this recall, consumers should call Melcon Design LLC at212-349-9059 or CPSC's toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772.

This recall does not extend to other "RELAIS" brand chenille sweaters.

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Company Phone Number: (800) 632-9498

April 8, 1998

 

Release # 98-091


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Honeywell Consumer Products, of Southborough, Mass., is recalling about 1.6 million heaters sold under the Duracraft brand name, about 8,000 heaters sold under the DeLonghi brand name and 150,000 humidifiers sold under the Duracraft and Honeywell brand names in the United States and Canada. The heaters and humidifiers can overheat, presenting a fire hazard.

Honeywell has received 56 reports of heaters overheating or catching fire, causing one minor injury, and six reports of humidifiers overheating or catching fire. Some of the fires relating to these heaters and humidifiers caused extensive damage.

Only Duracraft model CZ-303, CZ-304, CZ-308, CZ-318, CZ-319 Heat Express and DeLonghi model CER-1 portable electric ceramic heaters are involved in this recall. The model number is located on a silver sticker on the bottom of the heater. The heater is 1500 watts and is colored black. Control knobs are located on the top or front of the unit. "Heat Express " and "Duracraft " or "DeLonghi" appear on the front of the unit.

Only Duracraft model DH-950 Moisture SelectTM humidifiers and Honeywell model HCW-3040 Moisture SelectTM humidifiers are involved in this recall. The model number is located on the bottom of the humidifier. The humidifier is colored white and has a clear water tank that holds about two gallons. Control knobs and two output vents (one for cold moisture and one for warm moisture) are located on top of the unit. "Duracraft" or "Honeywell" appears between the two output vents on top of the unit.

Retail outlets including discount stores, home centers, club stores and catalogue showrooms nationwide sold the Duracraft heaters from January 1989 through March 1998 for about $50 to $75. The DeLonghi heaters were sold from January 1989 through December 1990. Similar retail outlets nationwide sold the Duracraft and Honeywell humidifiers from May 1995 through March 1998 for about $50 to $80.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and humidifiers and call Honeywell at (800) 632-9498 anytime for instructions on returning their product for a free replacement.

Duracraft Heat Express Model CZ 308 Heater

Model CZ 308 Heater




Duracraft Model CZ 304 Heater

Model CZ 304 Heater



Duracraft Humidifier

Humidifier

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Company Phone Number: (800) 243-2506 

March 27, 1998

 

Release # 98-088


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Midway Arms Inc. of Columbia, Mo., is recalling tens of thousands of tumblers, used to clean gun cartridge casings for reloading. The tumbler's motor can overheat, presenting a fire hazard.

Midway Arms has received 13 reports of motors overheating and catching fire. Five of these fires caused minor and major property damage beyond the tumbler. No injuries have been reported.

Only tumblers sold under the Midway and Past brand names are involved in this recall. The Midway brand tumblers have a blue top and gray base with the words, "Midway...Model 1292...Tumbler" on a sticker on the base. The Past brand tumblers have a tan top and brown base with the word, "Past" on a sticker on the base.

Midway catalogs and independent arms distributors and dealers nationwide sold the tumblers from February 1992 through January 1997 for about $45.

Consumers should stop using these tumblers immediately and call Midway Arms at (800) 243-2506 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday to make arrangements for returning the tumbler for free repair.

Picture of Recalled Tumblers

Picture of Recalled Tumblers

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Company Phone Number: (800) 200-2300 

March 23, 1998

 

Release # 98-085


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sunbeam Products Inc., of Neosho Mo., is recalling for repair about 1,800 GrillmasterTM gas grills with side burners. The side burner's propane gas hose can twist up toward the aluminum casting of the grill, causing overheating and melting of the hose. Gas leakage or a fire could result from the hose damage.

Sunbeam Products received four complaints from consumers who requested replacement hoses due to damage caused from the heat of the grill casting. There have been no reports of gas leakage, fire or injury associated with these grills.

The recalled grills are black and have a side burner for cooking, similar to a gas-range stove top. The models number of these grills are GG 461 EPB, GG 560 EPB, HG 560 EPB and GG 560 EPBS. The complete model numbers can be found on the assembly instructions and parts list. Either "461" or "560" also is located on the front of the grill next to the instrument panel, under the word, "GRILLMASTER."

Mass merchandise stores, such as Bradlees, Caldor, The Home Depot and Wal-Mart sold the grills nationwide between October 1997 and February 1998 for about $240.

Consumers should stop using the recalled grills immediately and call Sunbeam toll-free at (800) 200-2300 anytime to receive a free retrofit kit. The retrofit kit contains a wire bracket guard and instructions for easy installation that will correctly position the side burner's propane gas hose.

Grillmaster Logo

Sunbeam Grill

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Company Phone Number: (800) 867-9624

March 18, 1998

 

Release # 98-082

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ryobi America Corp. of Anderson, S.C., is recalling about 1.2 million detail sanders for repair or replacement. If the sander is left plugged in and the on/off switch is not fully in the "off" position, pressure from the switch's rubber dust boot can force the switch into the "on" position. As the sander runs unattended, it can generate heat, which can result in a fire.

Ryobi has received three reports of these sanders possibly causing fires. One of these fires resulted in substantial property damage. No injuries were reported as a result of these fires.

The recall includes the Ryobi model DS 1000, and Craftsman models 315.11639 and 315.11600 sanders. The model numbers and brandname are located on a data plate on the side of the sander. These blue or black oscillating sanders are hand-held tools weighing 1.6 pounds with a sanding arm that extends forward and down from the front end of the sander. They are about 11 inches long and have a triangular sanding head.

Only sanders built between May 1993 and April 1997 are being recalled. These sanders have a serial number or date code located along the bottom edge of the data plate on the side of the tool.
 

Model Number Serial Number or Date Code Ranges
Ryobi DS1000 last four digits of serial number: 9318 through 9718
Craftsman 315.11600 date code: A4001 through A9717
Craftsman 315.11639 date code: A4001 through A9717



Major chain home centers and hardware stores, as well as local hardware stores, nationwide sold these sanders from May 1993 through March 1998. They also were sold in catalogs during this period. Sears sold the Craftsman sanders from October 1994 through March 1998. Both brands sold for approximately $35 to $40.

Consumers should always unplug the sander from its power source when it is not in use. Consumers who own one of these sanders should call Ryobi toll-free at (800) 867-9624 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday and they will receive information on having their sanders repaired or replaced at no charge.

Other model Ryobi and Craftsman detail sanders are not affected by this recall.

Ryobi Detail Sander