EPI ID: 
67504

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June 20, 1991

 

Release # 91-085

 

Star Sales Company Recalls Teddy Pet With Cassette

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Star Sales Company, Knoxville, TN today announced a voluntary recall of its Teddy Pet With Cassette #3851 because the bear could catch on fire due to inadequate insulation around the wires within the teddy bear. The company sold 1,015 units of the Teddy Pet With Cassette nationwide since 1986. No injuries have been reported. The Ohio State Fire Marshall's Office reported to CPSC one fire incident with this teddy bear resulting in property damage only.

This item is a 12-inch tall battery-operated animated brown and white teddy bear which has moving eyes, ears and mouth and produces sounds by means of an audio tape. A tag attached to the back lists the code "HS-703."

Consumers who have this Teddy Pet With Cassette should discontinue use and return it to the retail store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers may also call Star Sales Company at its toll-free number, 1-800-347-9494, for instructions on returning the product.

The recall is being announced as part of CPSC's mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for product safety. Some 15,000 types of consumer products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an estimated 29 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.

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March 7, 1990

 

Release # 90-043


 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Thermos Company, Freeport, Illinois, is voluntarily replacing a component part in some of its "Thermos" and "Structo" brand gas barbecue grills sold since April 1989. The part is a hose, valve and regulator assembly which might leak gas and possibly result in fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is not aware of any fires caused by defective assemblies placed in "Thermos" or "Structo" grills.

Consumers who have purchased Thermos or Structo gas grills since April 1989 should inspect their grills before cooking again. Check for the name of the manufacturer of the hose, valve and regulator assembly which is stamped on the round metal regulator which connects to the liquid propane gas tank. If the name "Taiwan Pao-An Ind. Co." is not stamped on the regulator, no further action is required and the grill may be used for normal operation. If the name stamped on the regulator is "Taiwan Pao- An Ind. Co.," look for the serial number located on either end of the bottom base or inside the side panel of the grill. If the serial number is between 721791 and 886390, the hose, valve and regulator assembly may be defective and the grill should not be used until the assembly is carefully examined. If the serial number is not between these numbers, the grill may be used.

Consumers with Thermos or Structo grills bearing serial numbers within the suspect range should call Char-broil, which bought the Thermos grill business, toll-free at 1-800-241-7548, to obtain instructions for determining whether the hose, valve and regulator assembly on their grill is in fact defective and, if it is, instructions on how to retrofit their grill with a new assembly from Thermos.

According to Thermos, 87,606 of approximately 675,000 grills shipped since April 1989 contain a hose, valve and regulator that may be defective. Thermos statistical studies indicate that one percent of those 87,606 (877) parts are defective.

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December 6, 1989

 

Release # 90-022


 

WASHINGTON -- The Micromar Manufacturing Corporation is recalling all Heat Machine model HMB2000tc/vhc ceramic portable electric space heaters, sold nationwide since September of this year, to correct a possible fire hazard.

Micromar of London, Ontario, Canada began the voluntary recall program in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because they found that a potentially defective component had been used in the heaters which could possibly cause a fire. To date, the firm has had no reports of fires or injuries associated with the heaters. Nonetheless, the company has initiated a repair program for all potentially affected heaters in this line.

Consumers having a Micromar Heat Machine 2000 model number HMG2000tc or HMG2000vhc, should stop using the heater and unplug it. The model and serial number of the heater are located on the bottom of the heater on a silver colored label.

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Release # 87-078  
 

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Hedstrom Corporation, Bedford, Pennsylvania, voluntarily repaired the wiring harness in approximately 30,000 Hedstrom Probe VI battery-powered riding toys manufactured prior to June 1985 without fuses. The Commission and Hedstrom are aware of eight reported incidents in which these vehicles have caught fire. One of these incidents resulted in a serious fire in a mobile home. Fire can occur either while the toy is being stored or while it is being ridden by a child.

The Probe VI is a 6-wheeled, 2-speed toy all terrain vehicle with two motors powered by two 6-volt gel-type lead acid batteries. A separate charger is supplied with each vehicle. The manufacturer recommends this toy for children from 3 to 7 years of age. Probe VI toys without fuses were manufactured from 1983 to June 1985 and distributed nationally.

The affected units can be identified by the model identification label located on the front underside of the plastic body (see attached diagram). Hedstrom began using wiring harnesses with fuses at the batteries in June 1985. Units with fuses are not affected. Models affected are: 67-3890, 67-3891, 67-3892, 67-38921, 67-3893 and 67-38931 with dates of manufacture prior to June 1985, as shown on the model identification label.

Consumers should stop using the vehicles immediately and discard or destroy the product. The firm is out of business and the repair program is no longer available.

Picture of Riding Toy

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October 14, 1999
Release # 00-005
Company Phone Number: (888) 491-6676
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052

CPSC, Shine International Trading Co. Inc. Announce Recall of Cigarette Lighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Shine International Trading Co. Inc., of Flushing, N.Y., is recalling about 2.4 million cigarette lighters. The lighters child-resistant mechanisms fail to meet the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Act. Young children could ignite the lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards. Additionally, the lighters can leak fuel and remain on after consumers have used them, which also presents fire and burn hazards.

CPSC and Shine International Trading Co. Inc. have received three incident reports with these lighters. One incident involved two lighters that continued to burn after the consumer put them down, one involved two lighters that spontaneously blew apart while unattended, and one involved a lighter that burst into flames resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The lighters being recalled are non-refillable, oval-tube-shaped, with a transparent solid-colored (red, green, yellow, orange or purple) plastic body and a metal top. The lighters measure about 3.25 inches high and 1 inch wide. "SHINE" is imprinted into the metal top of the lighter. There is a warning label on the lighter. "SHINE" and "MADE IN CHINA" are written on the label. The lighters operate with a roll and press type of ignition mechanism to produce a flame.

Small stores and souvenir shops nationwide sold these lighters from August 1998 through July 1999 for about $1.

Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call Shine International Trading Co., Inc. toll-free at (888) 491-6676 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

U.S. Customs alerted CPSC to this product hazard.

Picture of Recalled Shine Cigarette Lighter

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Release # 85-018  
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Perfection Schwank (formerly Perfection Product Company) of Waynesboro, Georgia, had announced a retrofit program for Perfection Model 770 and Model 770-l portable kerosene heaters.

These kerosene heaters were originally manufactured for outdoor use only and do not contain a flame extinguishing device to extinguish the flames if the units are tipped over. Some consumers may be I using the units indoors where the risk of fire is much greater.

The units are black or beige in color, cylindrical in shape and originally sold for approximately $40.00 to $50.00 dollars. Consumers should check the identification label: on their heater for the model number. Consumers owning one of the heaters are urged to stop using it indoors.

Perfection Schwank (706-554-2101) is no longer offering the retrofit program. Consumers should not use these products. They should be discarded or destroyed.

The firm had agreed to label future production of these heaters and to use an industrial color on the units.

Consumers may obtain more information by calling the CPSC toll-free Hotline on 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing-impaired is (301) 595-7054.

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Release # 83-014  

Washington, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Broan Manufacturing Co., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 16,000 electric motors supplied by Westinghouse for Broan Model 346 and Nautilus Model N346 attic ventilators. The ventilator motors which are miswired may, under certain conditions, overheat and cause fires.

The attic ventilators were sold nationwide through electric supply houses to builders and contractors and through home centers directly to consumers. The units were manufactured and sold after April 1978.

Owners should determine if they have a Broan or Nautilus roof-mounted powered attic ventilator. The ventilator can be identified from outside the house by the two foot diameter round beige plastic dome with either a Broan or Nautilus logo embossed in the top or from literature delivered with the products. If they have either model they should enter the attic to inspect the unit for model (series) 346 or N346 label on the thermostatic control or inside the dome.

The motors subject to recall have a Westinghouse sticker with the model number E322P159, and are painted gray. There are also 12 rectangular holes in the bottom of the motor. Only motors with the model number E322P159 and with SER*78 or SER*79 date codes stamped on the bottom (*is any letter of the alphabet) are affected by this recall.

The manufacturer has received one report of fire. No consumers have been injured.

Owners are asked to copy down the motor model number and date codes before calling the toll free number given below if they have one of the suspect ventilators in their homes.

Owners of the affected ventilators must disconnect or turn them off, and contact Westinghouse Electric Corporation on their toll-free number: 1-800-637-1453. A new motor will be supplied and installed by service personnel free of charge.

This recall affects only Broan Model 346 and Nautilus N346 powered attic ventilators using motors with the E322P159 number and no other Broan or Nautilus powered attic ventilators with Westinghouse or other motors.

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December 9, 1976

 

Release # 76-085


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 9) -- Cotton City Industries, Inc., and J.C. Penney Company, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, today announced a recall on ponchos that may have a flammable fringe.

The recall involves about 16,000 multi-colored and plaid ponchos manufactured by Cotton City Industries, Inc., and sold to consumers between May and November 1976. The ponchos, suitable for girls and women, may present a hazard if the frayed edge of the solid color cotton fringe encircling the acrylic garment comes into direct contact with an open flame or high heat source. The poncho is an apparel item to be slipped over the head and draped over shoulders and arms and secured by a rope-like tie around the mid-section.

The garments involved were sold and distributed principally through J.C. Penney's retail stores. A limited number were sold to Foley's Department Store, Houston, Texas, and even smaller numbers sold to small retail stores.

The ponchos purchased from Penney's are identified with a label in the neck area marked JCP8203 with either style no. 3050, 3051 or 3052. Ponchos purchased from any of the other stores are marked 9815.

The garment should not be worn further and consumers may return it to the place of purchase for a cash refund or credit.

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February 12, 1976

 

Release # 76-013


WASHINGTON, D.C. ( Feb 12, 1976) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that it has provisionally accepted a consent agreement prohibiting Venture Industries, Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., from selling carpets that fail to meet the standards of the Flammable Fabrics Act.

The company produced only 245 yards of a domestic style pattern and imported and marketed 1,565 rugs of two other styles, "Grafica" and "57th Street," that failed flammability standards (DOC FF 3-70).

The domestically produced pattern involved in the order is identified as "Floridian," No. 6772, a nylon shag pile carpet with foam backing and produced in various colors.

The "Grafica" style carpet involved patterns 320 and 324, a wool shag carpet. The 320 color is a combination of plum, coral and gray and the 324 color is red, orange and plum. The "57th Street" style, also wool shag pile carpet, involved color 310, a combination of orange, red and plum, and color 314, a combination of black, tobacco and earth colors. Of the total 1,565 imported rugs of the four colors in two styles, more than 1,000 were recovered.

Consumers who may have purchased the carpet covered in the consent order may contact Venture Industries, Inc., 1401 West Paces Ferry Road, N.W., Atlanta, Ga., 30339.

The carpet was tested in September 1971. At the time, the manufacturing and importing company was known as Concept Industries, Inc.

A consent order does not constitute an admission that the company had violated a law but it provides for a settlement. Any violation of the consent agreement by the corporation could result in the assessment of substantial civil penalties.

Under the consent order, the company agrees to stop marketing goods that do not comply with the flammability standard and to notify purchasers of substandard goods in order to recall the defective items for correction or destruction.

The complaint and consent order will be subject to public review for 60 days through April 12, 1976, during which time any interested party may submit comments to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207.

After considering any comments, the Commission may accept the agreement or withdraw its provisional acceptance.

For additional information about the order, contact the Bureau of Compliance, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207.

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February 5, 1976

 

Release # 76-007


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 5) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced it has provisionally accepted a consent agreement prohibiting General Felt Industries, Inc., Saddle Brook, New Jersey, from selling products that fail to meet the standards of the Flammable Fabrics Act.

Through its Falcon Carpet Mills division in Dalton, Georgia, General Felt manufactured and sold to retailers and distributors throughout the country about 183,000 yards of carpet that failed flammability standards (DOC FF l-70).

The carpet involved in the order was produced from April 16, 1971, to March 31, 1973, when Falcon went out of business. The carpet was marketed as "Fashion Right" style in various colors. It was an all nylon shag pile carpet with a jute back.

Customers who may have purchased the "Fashion Right" style carpet should contact the place of business where it was purchased to determine if it is carpet that failed the standard.

The carpet covered by the consent order included all rolls of an experimental production using Enka bulk yarn and manufactured in the summer of 1971; all rolls of a "Tigress Gold" color manufactured between April 16, 1971, and October 7, 1971; roll no. 29574-c of dye lot 5259 and two additional rolls in this dye lot in the color "Green Mist," manufactured October 4, 1971.

Rolls nos. 39247-l manufactured March 10, 1972; 42657-0 manufactured March 14, 1972; 39317-2, manufactured March 15, 1972; 39452-1, manufactured March 16, 1972, and two other rolls manufactured during the shifts that these four rolls were produced.

Rolls nos. 44330-0, manufactured May 30, 1972, and 49515-0, manufactured July 11, 1972, and the other rolls which, prior to those dates were manufactured after extended plant shutdown and restart procedures.

And roll no. 56922-0 of dye lot 13813 and the three additional rolls of this dye lot manufactured October 18, 1971; roll no. 56761-0 of dye lot 13668 and the three additional rolls of this dye lot manufactured October 10, 1971; and roll no. 47641-1 dye lot 007056 and the one additional roll of this dye lot manufactured June 21, 1972.

A consent agreement does not constitute an admission that the company has violated a law but does provide for a settlement. Any violation of this consent agreement by the corporation could result in the assessment of substantial civil penalties.

Under the consent order, the company agrees to stop marketing goods that do not comply with the flammability standard and to notify known purchasers of substandard goods in order to recall the defective items for correction or destruction.

The complaint and consent order will remain on the public record for 60 days through April 5, 1976, during which time any interested person may submit comments to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207.

After considering any comments, the Commission may accept the agreement or withdraw its provisional acceptance. For additional information about the order, contact the Bureau of Compliance, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207.