EPI ID: 
67504

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Phone Number: (800) 200-2300

November 5, 1998

 

Release # 99-016

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sunbeam Products Inc., of Neosho Mo., is recalling for repair approximately 80,000 Grillmaster 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 one complaint from a consumer who requested a replacement hose due to damage caused from the heat of the grill casting. There have been no reports of injuries associated with these grills.

The recalled grills are black and have a side burner for cooking, similar to a gas-range stove top. The model numbers of the grills are: 56GR8, 560R8, 562D1, 562D9, GC548517, GG546517, GS544417, GS544717, GS546517, GG546537 and GG547517. The complete model numbers can be found on the identification label on the back of the grill, and on the assembly instructions and parts list. The word, "GRILLMASTER" is written on the front of these grills.

Mass merchandise stores, such as Bradlees, Caldor, the Home Depot, Service Merchandise and Wal-Mart sold the grills nationwide from 1996 through July 1998 for about $200 to $250.

Consumers should stop using the recalled grills immediately and call Sunbeam toll-free at (800) 200-2300 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 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.

In March 1998, Sunbeam Products recalled grills with model numbers GG 461 EPB, GG 560 EPB, HG 560 EPB and GG 560 EPBS because of a similar hose placement hazard.

Gas Grill

Grillmaster Logo
 

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Company Phone Number: (516) 488-0484

October 28, 1998

 

Release # 99-013

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rubie's Costume Co. Inc., of Richmond Hill, N.Y., is recalling about 6,000 children's vampire capes and about 6,000 children's witch brooms. The capes and the brooms, which fail to meet federal mandatory standards for flammability, could ignite readily and present a serious risk of burn injuries to children.

CPSC and Rubie's Costume Co. Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these capes or brooms. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The vampire capes are made of black vinyl. The edges of the cape are scalloped. The capes are packaged in a plastic sleeve with a cardboard insert, which reads in part, "Child's Vinyl Vampire Cape...No. 50282...Made in China." The Rubies logo and a picture of a boy wearing the cape are also on the insert.

The witch brooms are 27 inches long with a bamboo handle and brush made of twigs. The brooms were sold with a sticker around the handle, which reads in part, "Child's Authentic Witch Broom...Style No. 85." The Rubies logo is also on the sticker.

Toy, party, costume, discount and drug stores nationwide sold the capes and brooms for about $2 each from September 1997 to October 1998.

Consumers should not let their children wear the vampire capes or use the 27-inch witch brooms this Halloween. Consumers should return the products to the stores where purchased for a refund. For questions about this recall, consumers should call Rubies Costume Co. Inc. collect at (516) 488-0484 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Vampire Cape outfit



Witch Broom
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Phone Number: (888) 744-5477

October 1, 1998

 

Release # 99-001

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Philips Consumer Electronics Company, of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling 25,500 Philips Magnavox home audio theatre systems for free repair. The system's speaker voice coil can overheat and lead to a speaker fire, presenting a fire hazard to consumers. Philips has received four reports of speaker fires, with one resulting in scorched carpeting. No injuries have been reported.

Only Model MX920 Philips Magnavox home audio theatre systems are being recalled. The model number is prominently displayed on both the front of the receiver cabinet and on a rear label in the upper left corner when looking at the back of the receiver. The MX920 system includes a surround sound stereo receiver, a subwoofer, a center channel speaker, two surround-sound speakers and two front (left/right) loudspeakers.

Major national superstores and departmentstores, such as Best Buy, Kmart, Lowes, Montgomery Ward, Service Merchandise and Walmart, sold the Model MX920 systems nationwide from June of 1997 through August 1998 for about $350.

Consumers should stop using the systems immediately and call Philips toll-free at (888) 744-5477 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Sunday for instructions on receiving the free repair. Consumers also may write to the company at Philips Consumer Electronics Company, Old Andrew Johnson Highway, P.O. Box 555, Jefferson City, TN 37760.

 

Philips Magnavox Home Audio Theatre System

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JULY 14, 1993

 

Release # 93-093

 

PRODUCT: Certain Lawn-Boy 1988 and 1989 model lawnmowers. (List of affected models follows.)

PROBLEM: The gas tanks on the mowers may split along the seams, leaking gasoline. The leaking gasoline presents a fire hazard.

WHAT TO DO: Mowers purchased after September 1, 1989 should have the tank replaced immediately. Those mowers purchased prior to September 1, 1989 should be regularly inspected for leaks and if a leak should actually occur, the tank should be replaced.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- CPSC, The Toro Company, Bloomington, MN, acting on behalf of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lawn-Boy, Inc., is voluntarily recalling gasoline tanks on some Lawn-Boy 1988 and 1989 model lawnmowers. The seams of the gas tanks may split, presenting a fire hazard from leaking gasoline.

The repair program includes the following eleven lawn mower models with serial numbers having the first four characters in the range F273-H241:

4262

8073AE

L21ZSNA

7073

L21ZSN

L20ZPR

7073A

L21ZPN

L20PRA

8073

L21ZPNA

 



Customers owning one of the models listed above purchased since September 1, 1989 should contact their local Lawn-Boy service dealer to have the fuel tank replaced at no charge. Customers who have previously had their fuel tank replaced should disregard this notice.

Customers owning one of these models purchased before September 1, 1989 should inspect the mower for leaking gas at every use and not store the mower with the tank more than half full. If a leak is found, these customers should move the mower to an open area and arrange to return their mowers to a Lawn-Boy service dealer for a free tank replacement. Customers experiencing difficulties locating a service dealer can contact Lawn-Boy at 1-800-526-6937 for the location of a nearby dealer.

The Toro Company has received numerous reports of leaking tanks, and one fire. There have been no injuries reported. Toro implemented an inspection program in April, 1991 and over 26,000 tanks have been replaced to date on the affected models. Toro believes that most defective tanks on mowers purchased before September 1, 1989 have already leaked and been replaced.

Approximately 160,000 of the affected lawnmowers were sold nationwide from 1988 to the present by Lawn-Boy dealers.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

JUNE 10, 1993

 

Release # 93-079

 

PRODUCT: Approximately 45,000 "Citronella Scented 33-inch Bamboo Lawn Torches" sold at "Everything's A Dollar" retail stores between April and July 1992. The torch is a 33 inch long, cylinder shaped, wax candle on a bamboo stake, which is used outdoors for lighting and insect control. 


PROBLEM: The torch may suddenly erupt or "flash", shooting flames and hot wax onto consumers in close proximity.

WHAT TO DO: Return torches to "Everything's A Dollar" retail stores for a full refund.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), "Everything's A Dollar," Milwaukee, WI, is voluntarily recalling approximately 45,000 bamboo lawn torches it sold between April and July 1992.

The $1.00 torches, designed for temporary outside lighting and insect control, are 33 inches long, cylinder shaped, citronella scented, wax candles on bamboo stakes. The torches have the potential to erupt and "flash", possibly showering sparks, flames or hot wax onto people nearby. There have been reports of seven incidents involving burn injuries.

The lawn torches were sold at various "Everything's A Dollar" retail stores nationwide. They can be identified by their bright yellow packaging containing the printed phrase "Citronella Scented 33-inch Lawn Torch." These torches are a "one time only" use product.

Consumers should not use the lawn torches but should return them to "Everything's A Dollar" stores for a full refund.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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