EPI ID: 
67504

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2002

Alert #02-520

 

PRODUCT: Electric Blanket - Lands' End, Inc. of Dodgeville, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 Polartec Heat® electric blankets. The recalled blankets are style numbers 73176, 73197 and 73198. They were sold in twin, double, queen and king sizes in various colors including deep forest, mineral green, cornflower, brick red, and dark camel. The blankets have a white label with writing "Polartec Heat Blanket" and operating and care instructions. Lands' End, Inc. catalog and web site sold these blankets nationwide from October 2001 through December 2001 for between about $160 to $220.

PROBLEM: Some of the blankets may contain a loose connection that may cause the unit to not function or to short circuit, posing a risk of fire.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES:Lands' End, Inc. has received one report of a loose connection. No injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the recalled Polartec Heat® Blanket immediately and contact Lands' End, Inc. Purchasers will receive a full refund and a $50 gift certificate. If the blanket was a gift, consumers should call Lands' End, Inc. toll free at (866) 785-5561 to provide Lands' End, Inc. with the name, address and phone number of the recipient so that it may follow up with him or her. Purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2003
Release # 03-141
Company Phone Number: (800) 661-7146
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Trisonic Nightlights

Units: 12,000

Manufacturer: Trisonic/Eastern America Trio Products, of Flushing, N.Y.

Hazard: The nightlight poses a serious electrocution, electric shock, burn and fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Trisonic has received a report of a nightlight exploding, resulting in laceration injuries to a consumer.

Description: The recalled nightlights have a yellow exterior shaped like a smiley face. A label on the back of the nightlight reads, "Trisonic, 4W/120Vcustom made in China for Trisonic, Queens, NY, TS-45431."

Sold at: Dollar stores in the eastern portion of the United States between April 2001 through March 2003 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should mail the night light to Trisonic/Eastern America Trio Products, 11-11 131st St., P.O. Box 527018, Flushing, NY 11352, for a full refund plus the cost of postage.

Consumer Contact: Call Trisonic at (800) 661-7146 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Media Contact: Michael Harap, (718) 886-8990

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Note: replacement program ends August 31, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2003
Release # 03-133
Central Media Hotline: (866) 836-3929
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7908

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Central Sprinkler Company, an affiliate of Tyco Fire Products LP, of Lansdale, Pa., are announcing a modification to the voluntary replacement program announced on July 19, 2001. The company is replacing 35 million Central fire sprinklers that have O-ring seals. The program also includes a limited number of O-ring models sold by Gem Sprinkler Company and Star Sprinkler, Inc. totaling about 167,000 sprinkler heads. Under the original recall program, consumers were required to use Central contractors. Now, after notifying Central in advance and completing certain forms, consumers also can hire their own contractors and be reimbursed for all or some of the labor charges.

Central initiated the voluntary replacement program in 2001 because it discovered the performance of these O-ring sprinklers can degrade over time. These sprinkler heads can corrode or minerals, salts and other contaminants in water can affect the rubber O-ring seals. These factors could cause the sprinkler heads not to activate in a fire. Central is providing newer fire sprinklers that do not use O-ring seals.

Central is providing free of charge replacement sprinkler heads and the labor needed to replace the sprinklers. As before, Central will arrange for the installation by using either its own Central Field Service crews or by contracting with professional sprinkler contractors. Now, consumers can arrange to have the free replacement sprinklers installed themselves rather than waiting for Central to arrange for installation. Subject to certain conditions, including advance notice to Central, verification of the replacements and return of the removed sprinklers, Central will provide either full or partial reimbursement for labor charges.

Building and homeowners should check their fire sprinklers immediately to see if they are part of this voluntary replacement program. For more information on how to identify sprinklers subject to this program and to learn how to participate in this program, call the Notice Packet Request Line at 1-800-871-3492 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or access the program's web site at www.SprinklerReplacement.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2003
Release # 03-123
Company Phone Number: (800) 925-6278
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Fabric Lanterns

Units: 64,000

Distributor: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard: The fabric is not flame retardant and can be ignited by the lantern's votive candle, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The cylinder-shaped lanterns are 7 1/2-inches high and 6- inches wide. Beige fabric with red and green floral designs covers the lanterns.

Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide sold the lanterns from December 2002 through March 2003 for about $7

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Return the lanterns to any Wal-Mart store to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: Call Wal-Mart toll-free at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.walmartstores.com.

Media Contact: Karen Burke at (479) 273-4314

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2003
Release # 03-122
Company Phone Number: (877) 349-5330
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Multi-purpose lighters shaped like matchsticks

Units: 2,400

Distributor: Amen Wardy Home, of Las Vegas, Nev.

Hazard: The lighters lack child-resistant mechanisms that meet federal safety standards. Young children could operate these lighters, which poses a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The lighters are refillable, gas-fueled lighters shaped like a wooden match. The lighters have a brushed, silver-colored metal finish with a black plastic slide lever that is moved to ignite the lighter. The end of the lighter is painted red to resemble the head of a match. The lighters were available in both 7-inch- and 14-inch-long sizes. The lighters were sold in a clear plastic sleeve and do not have any labeling on either the lighter or package.

Sold at: The Amen Wardy Home store in Caesar's Palace, at Las Vegas, Nev., and the firm's Web site sold these lighters from July 2002 through January 2003 for between $10 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Contact Amen Wardy Home for instructions on how to obtain a refund for these lighters. Dispose of the lighters in a manner that is in compliance with all state and local requirements. The lighter should not be incinerated or punctured.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Amen Wardy Home toll-free at (877) 349-5330 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, or send an e-mail to info@amenwardy.com. Consumers also can write to: Amen Wardy Home, ATTN: Lisa Toy, 4230 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite A, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2003
Release # 03-115
Company Phone Number: (800) 440-0680
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Oil Lamps

Units: 37,200

Distributor: DesignPac Inc. of Northlake, Ill.

Hazard: The glass wick holder can shatter when lit, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: One report of glass wick-holder shattering. No injuries reported.

Description: The recalled lamps come in two styles: a clear, heart- shaped glass container approximately 6-inches tall called "The Vintage Rose Oil Lamp" and a clear, doorknob-shaped glass container approximately 5-inches tall with heart-shaped beads on the outside called "Love Potion Oil Lamp." Both recalled lamps have an insertable wick with a glass wick-holder, which sits on top of the glass container.

Sold at: Exclusively in Target stores nationwide from December 2002 through February 2003 for about $7.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should tightly seal the contents, and return the lamps to any Target store nationwide for a refund.

Consumer Contact: Call Target toll-free at (800) 440-0680 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.target.com.

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Note: This recall has been reannounced.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2003
Release # 03-102
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800)689-8671
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Yolanda Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-7908 

 

CPSC, The Toro Company Announce Recall of Snowthrowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 3,400 Toro Snow Commander snowthrowers. The plastic fuel tank can crack and leak gasoline, posing a risk for fire and injury.

Toro has received 29 reports of fuel leaking. No fires or injuries have been reported.

This recall includes 2001 Toro Snow Commander snowthrowers with model number 38600 (serial numbers between 210000001 and 210999999) and model number 38602 (serial numbers between 210000001 and 210999999). The model and serial numbers are located on the rear of the axle plate between the wheels.

The snowthrowers were sold nationwide October 2000 through March 2003 for between $850 and $950.

Consumers should stop using these Toro snowthrowers and contact their local Toro Authorized Service Dealer to find out if the snowthrower is included in the recall. If necessary, the dealer will schedule a time to install a free replacement fuel tank. For more information, contact Toro at (800) 689-8671 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Consumers can also visit the firm's web site at www.toro.com.

The Toro Company has notified registered owners directly.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2003
Release # 03-099
Maytag Recall Hotline: (866) 580-9177

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Maytag Corp., of Newton, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling to repair about 23,000 Gemini gas ranges. The range can experience a delayed ignition flashback fire in the upper oven, which poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Maytag has received nine reports of flashback fires, including three minor burn injuries and incidents where consumers suffered singed hair or clothing.

The recall involves all Maytag Gemini Gas Ranges. The Gemini ranges are free standing, have separate upper and lower ovens, and come in white, black, bisque and a stainless finish. The "Maytag" and "Gemini" names and logos appear on the control panel. The recalled ranges have a model number of MGR6772 and a serial number with the alpha characters AJ through AX or CA through CC, both of which are located on a flip-up serial tag behind the upper left corner of the control panel. The ranges were manufactured in the United States.

Retail appliance stores nationwide sold the ranges from July 2002 through February 2003 for between $1,300 and $1,500.

Consumers should immediately stop using the upper oven self-clean and broil features and consumers should not use the upper oven simultaneously with the lower oven. Consumers should contact Maytag at (866) 580-9177 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to arrange for a free, in-home repair by an authorized Maytag Customer Service contractor. For more information, consumers can visit Maytag's web site at www.maytag.com.

Use of the lower oven is not affected by this repair and may be used in normal operation.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2003
Release # 03-094
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 659-4844
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301) 504-7908

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Trudeau Corp., of Woodridge, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 45,200 fondue pots sold as a part of a 17 piece set at Bed, Bath and Beyond stores. The plastic handles that are attached to the fondue pots can melt and crack during heating on a range top, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

Trudeau has received 13 reports of the plastic handles breaking or melting, which involve 6 reports of burn injuries to hands, feet, and other body parts.

The recalled fondue pots are labeled on the box as model number 82-384. The pots are brushed stainless steel, with a brushed stainless steel fork guide on the rim of the pot. The sets included six black stoneware sauce/condiment bowls and six chrome-plated forks with color-coded tips. There is a black triangular-shaped handle with a center hole on either side of the fondue pot. The fondue pot sits on a black, four-legged stand, which houses the burner. The fondue sets were sold under the brand name "Trudeau."

Bed, Bath and Beyond stores nationwide sold the fondue sets from August 2001 through July 2002 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately stop using the fondue set and contact Trudeau at (877) 659-4844 anytime to receive a replacement fondue pot with handles that will not melt or crack, and an incentive gift set of six stoneware fork rests. Consumers also can visit the firm's web site at www.trudeaucorp.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 4, 2003

 

Release # 03-089

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Murray Inc., of Brentwood, Tenn., voluntarily recalled about 270,000 riding lawn tractors. The fuel tank can crack and leak fuel, posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers.

Murray has received 101 reports of fuel tanks leaking. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled lawn tractors were sold under the MURRAY® and STANLEY® brand names and have 38-, 40-, 42-, 46-, and 52-inch cutting decks. The brand name is printed on the front or side of the lawn tractor and the model number can be found on a nameplate under the seat. The following models are included in this recall:
 

405014X92 405015X92 40508X92 425007X92 42515X92
42516X92 425302X92 425303X92 425614X92 42576X92
465305X92 465603X92 46581X92 425605X692 465606X692
525607X692 405002X8 425003X8 425008X8 425009X8
42544X8 38560X181 42583X6 465616X6 40541
465617 40541X99 425611X99 465612X99 465615X99
465622X99 425003X71 465619X71 465620X71



Retail and hardware stores, including Wal-Mart and Home Depot, sold the lawn tractors nationwide from November 2000 through January 2003 for between $800 and $1,500.

Consumers should stop using these lawn tractors immediately and discard or destroy the product. The firm is out of business and a remedy is no longer available.

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