August 26, 1997


Release # 97-174


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rotarex Inc. of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., and Worthington Cylinder Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, are recalling about 6,000 Worthington gas grill cylinders to repair their valves. The valve handles on these cylinders can loosen and separate from the rest of the valve and cylinder, releasing propane vapors. The vapors could catch on fire or explode if ignited, and if the vapors contact skin, consumers could suffer a freeze burn or frostbite.

CPSC, Rotarex and Worthington are not aware of any injuries involving these gas grill cylinders. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The Worthington 20 pound gas grill cylinder involved in this recall has the following four markings: "WCW" on the top of the cylinder's handle, "07-97" on the outside of the cylinder's handle, three stars in a triangular formation on the neck of the cylinder valve, which is underneath the hand wheel, and serial numbers from 3632601F through 3671600F on the inside of the cylinder's handle.

If consumers have purchased or exchanged gas grill cylinders since July 15, 1997, they should check the cylinders to determine if they are involved in this recall. These cylinders cost about $27. Consumers should stop using the recalled cylinders immediately and call Rotarex at (800) 325-5721 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday for information on having the cylinder repaired or replaced. Consumers should not attempt to disconnect the valve or turn the cylinder's handle, and consumers should remove all ignition sources from the area around the grill. Additionally, if consumers smell gas or hear a gas leak, they should immediately call the fire department.

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Note: Telephone number change.


Company Phone Number: 516-683-6000 

November 30, 2000

Company Media Contact: Wendy Fine, (516) 683-6000 Ext. 226

Release # 01-043


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lifetime Hoan Corp., of Westbury, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 132,000 fondue sets to replace their burners. Some sets have alcohol burners that can produce high flames beyond the intended-cooking surface of the fondue pot. Another set, which uses chafing fuel, is being recalled because the chafing fuel holder could tip as it burns down. Both problems present potential fire and burn hazards to consumers.

CPSC and Lifetime Hoan Corp. have received eight reports of burners producing high flames. No injuries or property damage has been reported.

The fondue sets were sold under the brand names Farberware® (model nos. 86600 (two styles), 86700, 86702 and 76743) and Roshco® (model no. 58903). The model number is on the box, not on the fondue set. The brand name is found on the box. The fondue sets are stainless steel and include various components, including a fondue pot, burner, and fondue forks. Only the burners sold with these fondue sets are being recalled, not the entire fondue sets. Lifetime Hoan Corp. will help consumers identify if their burner is recalled.

Department, kitchen and home stores nationwide sold the fondue sets from June 1999 through October 2000 for about $20.

Consumers should stop using the burners immediately and contact the company to find out how to dispose of the burners. Consumers with recalled alcohol burners will be sent a $4 coupon toward the purchase of Sterno® canned chafing fuel. Consumers with recalled chafing fuel holders (model 86702 only) will be sent a new chafing fuel holder. Consumers should contact Lifetime Hoan Corp. at 516-683-6000.

Consumers also can e-mail to fondue@lifetime.hoan.com or write to Lifetime Hoan Corp., P.O. Box 1854, Westbury, NY 11590.

No other fondue set is involved in this recall.
Picture of Fondue Sets

October 13, 2000
Release # 01-013
Dell Recall Hotline: (877) 293-1197
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058

CPSC, Dell Announce Recall of Batteries for Notebook-Computers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dell Computer Corp., of Round Rock, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 27,000 batteries used in notebook-style personal computers. These batteries can short circuit, even when the battery is not in use, causing them to become very hot, release smoke and possibly catch fire.

Dell has received one report of a battery in a Dell computer short circuiting and catching fire. The incident resulted in minor property damage. No injuries were reported.

The recalled batteries were sold with the following Dell notebook computers: Latitude CPiA, CPiR, CPtC, CPtS, CPtV, CPxH and CPxJ, and Inspiron 3700 and 3800. The batteries also were sold separately, including in response to service calls. The batteries insert into the front-left and/or front-right of the computer. "DELLTM" and "MADE IN JAPAN" are written on the batteries. The batteries' identification number is written on a white sticker. Consumers should have this number available when they contact Dell to determine if their battery is part of the recall.

Dell's web site and catalogs sold computers with these batteries, customer kits containing the batteries, and individual batteries from June 2000 through mid-September 2000. The computers with these batteries were sold for between $1,500 and $3,000, and individual batteries were sold for between $100 and $170.

Consumers should contact Dell immediately to determine if their notebook computer battery is part of this recall. To contact Dell, call toll-free at (877) 741-6420 anytime, or go to the firm's web site at http://support.dell.com/battery/. Consumers also can write to: Dell Computer Corp., One Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas 78682.
Batteries for Notebook-Computer

January 18, 2000
Release # 00-054
Company Phone Number: (800) 523-9299
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
Sherwin-Williams POC: Conway G. Ivy, (216) 566-2102

CPSC, The Sherwin-Williams Co. and Brockway Standard Inc. Announce Recall of Furniture Refinisher

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Sherwin-Williams Co., of Cleveland, Ohio and Brockway Standard Inc. of Atlanta, Ga., are voluntarily recalling about 3,000 cans of Formby's Conditioning Furniture Refinisher. The product and its vapors can seep or leak from the nozzle base at the top of the can, posing a risk of fire and chemical injuries.

The firms have received one report of an employee suffering minor burns when refinisher vapors ignited in a retailer's distribution center.

Formby's Conditioning Furniture Refinisher, used to refinish wood furniture, is sold individually and as part of Formby's "Introduction to Refinishing Kit." The 32-ounce metal can reads, "Formby's Furniture Workshop" and "Furniture Refinisher" in white lettering on a burgundy and mostly green background. A depiction of Homer Formby appears on the face of the can. The product can be identified by a code on the bottom of the can written in black ink with one of the following lot number sequences: A961600, A961610, A961620, A961630, A967270 and A969330. Cans with blue ink codes are not subject to this recall.

Discount department, hardware and hobby stores nationwide sold the refinisher from October 1999 through January 2000. The individual cans sold for about $13 and the kits sold for about $16.

Consumers should stop using this refinishing product immediately, and place the product in a well-ventilated area. Since it can leak, care should be taken to keep the product from spilling by always keeping the container upright. Also, do not store near any source of ignition, such as near a gas-fueled appliance. Consumers should call (800) 523-9299 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for instructions on how to handle and return the refinisher for replacement or a refund.

Picture of Refinishing Kit

Picture of Furniture Refinisher


Company Phone Number: (800) 934-4497

September 16, 1998

Limited Too Contact: Alfred S. Dietzel, (614) 415-7075

Release # 98-169


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Limited Too Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 390,000 children's satin pajama sets. The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear. The standards require sleepwear to be flame resistant, and if the fabric 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 pajama sets. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The satin pajama sets involved in this recall are available in sizes 6 through 14. The pajamas are woven, 100 percent polyester with a satin finish. The garments are two-piece pullover or front-button styles with sleeveless, short or long sleeved tops and bottoms, 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 the 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. 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.

This recall involves only 100 percent polyester, woven satin sleepwear sold from December 1995 through July 1998. All other sleepwear sold prior to these dates and sleepwear currently being offered by Limited Too is not subject to this recall.

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December 30, 1999
Release #00-047
DAPC Toll Free Line: (800) 888-2468
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Safe Generator Use for Y2K: CPSC, DeVilbiss Air Power Company Alert Consumers About Gasoline Tanks on Certain Portable Generators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC joins DeVilbiss Air Power Company (DAPC) of Jackson , Tenn., in alerting consumers about gasoline tanks used on certain models of portable generators. About 295,000 of these generators were sold nationwide from February 1996 until June 1999. CPSC and DAPC are investigating whether the fuel tanks on the generators can crack where the tanks mount on the frame, posing a fire hazard. As a precaution until that evaluation is complete, consumers should not put more than three gallons of gasoline in the fuel tanks at any time.

The only generators affected by this notice have the following brand names: DeVilbiss Air Power Company, EX-CELL, PowerBack, Companion Model 919-32721, and Craftsman Model No. 919-32651. The seven gallon tanks that are affected include only those tanks that bear dates prior to June 1, 1999. The date is on the serial barcode label found on one of the gasoline tank support rails and on the shipping carton label.

Any consumer who has seen leakage from the tank should not use the generator and should contact DAPC at (800) 888-2468, ext. 21 or at www.devap.com to obtain a free warranty replacement tank. Consumers with questions can contact DAPC directly rather than contacting retailers. Consumers also can contact CPSC at (800) 638-2772.

Many people have been buying generators as a precaution in case there are power outages because of Y2K. CPSC believes that Y2K will not result in major power outages. However, if you use a generator, you need to take precautions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, gasoline ignition, and electrocution.

Picture of Recalled Portable Generator

- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Do not use gasoline generators indoors. Generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can kill people. Each year, carbon monoxide from fuel-burning appliances kills approximately 200 people and sends 10,000 people to hospital emergency rooms. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu, including nausea, headache, dizziness, and irregular breathing. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can cause death.

CPSC recommends that every home should have a carbon monoxide alarm that meets the requirements of the most recent UL 2034 standard or the International Approval Services 6-96 standard. Generators should be used only outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow.

- Gasoline Ignition: Do not store gasoline indoors. Gasoline fumes can travel across a room and be ignited by a water heater or some other ignition source. Gasoline and other flammable liquids should be stored outside the home in safety containers.

- Electrocution: Portable generators can also present a risk of electrocution if they are not properly connected to the home electrical wiring system. Do not plug the generator power leads into a wall outlet. Have a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, or have the local utility install a linking device if available.

CPSC has posted Y2K generator safety tips (pdf) on this web site.

October 2, 2000
Release # 01-001
Zebco Recall Hotline: (800) 558-9876
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Zebco Announce Recall of Compact Camper Stoves

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zebco, of Tulsa, Okla., a division of Brunswick Corp., is voluntarily recalling about 9,600 compact camper stoves. These camper stoves could have been shipped with butane already in the fuel compartment, posing a fire and burn hazard. Also, because of a possible problem with the fuel control mechanism, the stoves could flare up or catch fire when operated.

Zebco has received one report of butane being shipped in the fuel compartment of a camper stove. There have been no reports of injuries.

The American Camper® Compact Butane Stoves are single burner units about 5.5 inches in diameter with a yellow base bearing an American Camper® logo and black burner plate. The base has diamond-shaped openings on its sides. The stove has an electronic ignition switch and is intended for outdoor use. They have model numbers 2140BF or 2140BFW on the packaging.

Sporting goods, camping supply and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold these stoves from May 1999 through July 2000 for between $15 and $25.

Consumers should stop using these stoves immediately, and call Zebco to arrange to have their stove picked up. Consumers returning their stoves will receive a $25 refund. For more information, call Zebco at (800) 558-9876 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.




Company Phone Number: (800) 640-0488

September 1, 1998


Release # 98-162


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MacKenzie-Childs Ltd., of Aurora, N.Y., is recalling about 42,000 paper candle shades. Use of the paper shade with a candle presents a fire hazard.

MacKenzie-Childs has received three reports of the paper shades igniting after contacting the flame of the accompanying candle. There is one report of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The paper shades are decorated with various colors and designs, beads and ribbons. "MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd" is printed inside the shades. The shades measure about 5 inches high, 2 inches wide on top and 6 inches wide on bottom. The shades are designed to sit on top of a candle with the use of a metal candle follower. The top of the candle follower supports the shade, and the bottom sits on top of the candle and moves down the length of the candle as it melts.

Specialty gift and department stores nationwide sold the paper shades from January 1992 through April 1998 for about $38 to $95.

Consumers should immediately stop using the paper shades with candles. Consumers should return the original paper shade to the store where purchased to receive a free, replacement paper shade that is fire-resistant. For more information, consumers can call MacKenzie-Childs at (800) 640-0488 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

Paper Candle Shades


Company Phone Number: (610) 370-3912

August 19, 1998


Release # 98-152


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Boscov's Department Store Inc., of Reading, Pa., is recalling approximately 19,000 Christmas windmills with candles. The candles are too close to the wooden structure of the windmill, and can cause the product to catch on fire.

Boscov's stores report one incident where the windmill caught on fire. No injuries were reported.

The windmill decoration is an "A" framed windmill building structure with a nativity scene on a turntable. It is pine, with a green roof and red trim. The fans of the windmill are printed with red stars. Candles are positioned in the four corners, which when lit, are designed to generate heat to turn the fan. The decoration comes in a mostly red box with a photo of the decoration on the front and back. The box includes the words, "14" H Pine Wooden Windmill. . . MADE IN CHINA."

Boscov's stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and New York sold the windmill decorations between September 1996 and July 1998. The windmills were a promotional item sold for about $3 with a $10 purchase.

Consumers should stop using this product immediately, and return it to any Boscov's store for a refund. For more information, contact Boscov's at (610) 370-3912 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or write to Boscov's, 4500 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA 19606.

Christmas Windmill

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