December 24, 1996


Release # 97-053


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MDK Inc. of Chapel Hill, N.C., is recalling about 20,000 model trains. If the train derails, the coupler coil spring could overheat creating a potential fire hazard.

CPSC and MDK Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these model trains. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The trains involved in this recall are The Heavyweight line of O scale passenger cars, sold under the brand name K-LINE Electric Trains, which were produced from 1991 through 1995. These cars are 1:48 scale models of railroad passenger cars from the early 1900s and are designed to operate on a three-rail, O gauge track.

The following types of cars are part of this train product line: coach, pullman, baggage, railway post office, diner, and observation car. All cars are individually boxed and include an end label listing the model name and number.

The following cars were sold through hobby wholesalers and distributed to hobby and specialty retail stores nationwide:

Railroad Name
Car Numbers

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
K10-0004, K10-0045

Erie-Lackawanna Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44251)
K25-0001, K25-0002, K25-0098, K25-0316, K25-0469, K25-1813

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
K83-0072, K83-0073, K83-0080, K83-0093, K83-0094, K83-0095, K83-0096

Southern Railroad
K86-0004, K86-0042

Southern Pacific Railroad
K88-0112, K88-1918, K88-5124

Union Pacific Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44911)
K91-0100, K91-0101, K91-0102, K91-0103, K91-0104, K91-0107

These additional cars were sold through the following listed outlets:

Railroad Name
Car Numbers

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44151)
K15-0110, K15-0385, K15-0727, K15-0827, K15-0972, K15-2500
K-LINE Collectors Club (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Lackawanna Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44381)
K38-0001, K38-0002, K38-0003, K38-0004, K38-0465, K38-1812
The Train Station (Mountain Lakes, N.J.)

Toy Train Museum Cars
K85-1884, K85-1896, K85-1870, K85-1899, K85-1877
Toy Train Museum (Strasburg, Pa.)

Train Collectors Association Cars
K85-1992, K85-1993
Train Collectors Association (Strasburg, Pa.)

Texas & Pacific Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44891)
K89-0718, K89-1018, K89-1109, K89-1402, K89-1658, K89-1818
Collectible Trains & Toys (Dallas, Texas)

Pasadena Mutual Funds Car
Pasadena Group of Mutual Fund (Greenwich, Conn.)

The model trains were sold from late 1991 to the present for about $75 to 125 per car.

Consumers should immediately stop operating the recalled cars, and call MDK Inc. at 800) 866-9986 for information on receiving a free repair. Consumers can write to K-LINE lectric Trains (MDK, Inc), P.O. Box 2831, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27515



December 23, 1996


Release # 97-052


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), PriceCostco is voluntarily recalling its 30" Deluxe Animated Santa with Light and Music.

There have been four reports of animated Santas overheating and melting, which may have been caused by a defective capacitor. PriceCostco is recalling this product to prevent further incidents.

Approximately 66,263 animated Santas have been sold in Costco and Price Club US warehouses between August 5, 1996, and December 20, 1996, as item number 63404.

This safety notice and recall applies only to the Deluxe 30" Animated Santa with Light and Music sold as item number 63404 and does not apply to any other animated Christmas items sold in PriceCostco warehouses.

Consumers should unplug the Santa immediately and return it to any Costco or Price Club warehouse for a full refund.

Consumers may contact PriceCostco at (800) 774-2678 if you have any questions.



December 18, 1996


Release # 97-046


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today the stop sale and recall of more than 32,000 dangerously flammable chenille sweaters sized for girls and women. The sale of these sweaters violates the federal Flammable Fabrics Act, and the sweaters present a serious risk of burn injuries. In fact, these sweaters burn faster than newspaper.


Although CPSC has not received reports of injuries from these sweaters to date, the agency is issuing this safety notice and recalling the sweaters to prevent injuries from these dangerous products.


The sweaters, which were made in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States, are made in a variety of colors of very soft textured chenille. Sweater styles are primarily long sleeved or short sleeved with a crew or turtle neckline; although, there is also a v-neck vest style and a mock wrap style. The sweaters sold for between $38 and $130 at large department stores and small boutiques nationwide. Nearly all of these sweaters are made of 65 percent rayon/35 percent nylon; although, a few styles are made of 90 percent rayon/10 percent nylon, 67 percent rayon/33 percent nylon, or 100 percent rayon.


CPSC is working with a number of importers and retailers to recall these sweaters. CPSC surveyed over 100 retail stores in major U.S. cities to test for the fire hazard.


CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop wearing sweaters they believe may be involved in this recall. These flammable sweaters should be returned to the retailers where purchased. Retailers taking part in this recall will provide a refund or credit.


The following major retailers sold the sweaters:

  • BCBG
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Dillard's
  • Express
  • Foley's
  • Lerner of New York
  • Limited Too
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Macy's
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Parisian, Inc.
  • Robinson-May

CPSC found the following brand names and RN numbers on the labels of the sweaters that failed the flammability test. Consumers can call the importers and manufacturers listed for more information.


Brand Name
RN Number
Phone Number

BCBG Maxazeria
RN 80734
BCBG Max Azria
Vernon, Calif.
(213) 589-2224

525 Made in America
RN 61680
525 Made in America, Inc.
New York, N.Y.
(212) 921-5688

Maille ISHYU
RN 78635
Pretty Talk Inc.
Miami, Fla.
(305) 717-3180

RN 84332
Fredini, dba Miss LA
Los Angeles, Calif.
(213) 745-7921

Karen Kane Lifestyle Petite
RN 59168
Karen Kane
Los Angeles, Calif.
(800) 590-5263

Karen Kane Lifestyle
RN 59168

Karen Kane
RN 59168

The Limited
RN 54867
Limited Inc. Limited Too
Columbus, Ohio
(800) 723-8785

Express Tricot
RN 54867
Limited Express (Limited Inc.)
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 479-4031

N.Y. Jeans
RN 23243
Lerner New York Inc. (Limited Inc.)
New York, N.Y.
(800) 723-5111

There are sweaters with the brand names and RN numbers listed here that are not violative. Retailers should be able to tell whether an individual chenille sweater is involved in this recall based on the yle numbers they have.


The importers and manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to recall the sweaters from consumers and will issue recall information through the retailers who sold the products.



Link to CPSC's provisionally accepted settlement agreement with Nordstrom.

For additional questions about this chenille sweater recall, including information on other retailers participating in this recall, consumers can call the CPSC toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772.












December 17, 1996


Release # 97-044


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), two importers are recalling more than 32,000 Santa candle holders and potpourri simmer pots posing fire hazards. The paint on the Santa candle holders is flammable and the candle accompanying the potpourri simmer pots generates an excessive flame. An additional importer is issuing a warning about a candle that poses a potential fire hazard.

The importers participating in this recall are Division Sales Inc. of Itasca, Ill., and New Design Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill. Giftco Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill., is the importer issuing the warning.

Division Sales Recall

Division Sales Inc. is recalling about 10,000 ceramic Santa Claus Candle Holders, item 66539. The holder, measuring 5.5 inches high, has an opening in the back for a wax candle. The Santa figure is predominantly red and white with star-shaped openings in the back and front and a label on the bottom that reads, "MADE IN CHINA." The Santas are holding sacks, lanterns, dolls, cats, or dogs.

The candle holders were sold through dollar-type stores nationwide from October 1995 through November 1996 for about $1. Division Sales is not aware of any injuries involving these candle holders.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candle holders, and return the holders to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers can call Division Sales at (800) 621-8134.

New Design Inc. Recall

New Design Inc. is recalling about 22,000 porcelain Potpourri Simmer Pots. The potpourri simmer pots, measuring 5.5 inches high, come shaped as an angel, santa bear, or snowman.

New Design has received four reports of the candle accompanying the pot flaming excessively. No injuries have been reported, but three of the reports involved minor property damage.

The pots were sold through retail outlets nationwide during the Fall of 1996 for about $3.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pots, and return the pots to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers can call New Design Inc. collect at (847) 459-5655.

Giftco Inc. Warning

Giftco Inc. is warning consumers about the candles in 29,000 Candy House Candle Holders. Some of the holders, measuring 4.5 inches high, were shipped with a defective votive candle that reportedly generates an excessive flame.

The candle holders were sold through various fund-raising organizations nationwide during the Fall of 1996 for about $10.

Giftco has received two reports of the defective candle setting the candle holder on fire. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately discard the votive candle accompanying the candle holder. Consumers should replace the votive candle with one of the same size and only burn the candle in its metal holder. For more information, consumers can call Giftco Inc. at (800) 443-8261.

If consumers have questions about these recalls or the warning, they should call the importers or CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772.



December 17 1996


Release # 97-043


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Shelby Ltd., Division of Wang's International, of Memphis, Tenn., recalled about 40,000 paperweights and pens because they contain kerosene or other petroleum distillates and many were sold to children. If the paperweights or pens break and leak, the liquid can be hazardous if inhaled into the lungs or swallowed. The liquid could also be combustible, presenting a flammability hazard.

Shelby Ltd. has received at least 10 reports of the paperweights breaking and releasing their contents. No injuries have been reported.

The plastic paperweights came in the following five styles: Ocean In The Box, Floating Eye, Antique Car, Magic Diamond, and Water Timer. The paperweights were individually packaged in cardboard boxes bearing the name of the style. The pen, which is clear plastic with an eyeball in the middle, is packaged in a cellophane wrap and bears no labeling.

The paperweights and pen were sold nationwide through school stores to children from kindergarten through the sixth grade from October through December 1996 for about $4 to $5.

Consumers should take the paperweights and pens away from children immediately, and discard or destroy them. The firm is out of business and cannot be contacted.



November 27, 1996


Release # 97-033


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Light & Motion Industries (LMI) of Monterey, Calif., is implementing a voluntary safety program for about 2,800 Source-12 Battery Packs used by scuba divers to power under water lighting systems. If the battery pack floods during the dive, the battery could overheat later while above water and catch fire.

LMI has received two reports of Source-12 Battery Packs catching on fire several hours after use. No injuries have been reported. If consumers notice the battery has flooded during a dive, they should disassemble the battery's retaining ring and bulkhead to prevent a possible fire.

The battery packs, measuring 7 inches long by 4 inches wide, are black with a clear top. This corrective action involves Source-12 Battery Packs with the following model numbers:

850-0001 through 850-0011
850-0013 and 850-0014
860-0001 through 860-0006
860-0018 through 860-0031

Underwater Battery

Dive shops sold the Source-12 Battery Packs nationwide beginning in January 1990 for about $275. LMI also sold the packs directly to consumers.

Consumers should stop using the Source-12 Battery Packs immediately and call LMI for free repair or upgrade information. Consumers can also return the batteries to the dive shop where purchased and the batteries will be sent to LMI. Consumers can reach LMI collect at (831) 645-1525 or sales@lmindustries.com for more information.



November 26, 1996


Release # 97-031


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Waters Instruments Inc. of Rochester, Minn., is recalling about 13,000 Model K-9 Electric Fence Controllers, a box used to control the electricity in electric fences. The K-9 Electric Fence Controllers used outdoors in high humidity or wet environments can overheat and result in fire.

Waters has received three reports of overheating occurring in K-9 Electric Fence Controllers used in an unprotected outdoor setting where they are subjected to high humidity or water. Two controller cases showed signs of melting and one controller installed under a porch caused charring of the wooden flooring.

The K-9 Electric Fence Controllers with serial numbers starting with MT08096 and MT09096 have a yellow, black, and red label that reads, "American FarmWorks K-9 ELECTRIC FENCE CONTROLLER." The K-9 Electric Fence Controllers sold individually came packaged in a plastic shell with a yellow backer card. Waters also sold the units as part of a pet and garden fence kit, packaged in a yellow, black, and red box with a picture of the K-9 Electric Fence Controller printed on the box.

Hardware and farm supply stores sold the K-9 Electric Fence Controllers nationwide beginning in April 1996 for about $28.
K-9 Electric Fence Controller

Consumers should stop using the K-9 Electric Fence Controllers immediately and call Waters at (800) 962-2880 for information on returning the merchandise for replacement with a unit not adversely affected by climate.


November 21, 1997

Release # 97-027


WASHINGTON, D.C. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Coleman Company Inc. of Wichita, Kan., is recalling 14,127 Peak 1 22-oz. fuel bottles. These fuel bottles, used for camping equipment, have defective threads in the neck of the bottle that can cause leakage of fuel.

CPSC and Coleman have received no report of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The Coleman Company is recalling all Peak 1 22-oz. fuel bottles manufactured duringthe first six months of 1996. The red-canistered fuel bottles can be identified by a "1-96" date code stamped into the bottom of the fuel bottle. Consumers could have purchased the defective bottles individually or with Peak 1 Apex stoves.

Sporting goods stores and catalogs specializing primarily in backpacking, mountain climbing, and camping equipment sold the subject Peak 1 fuel bottles from May 1996 through September 1996 for $12.50 a bottle.

Consumers who have Peak 1 22-oz. fuel bottles should stop using them immediately and call the Coleman Company at (800) 257-5299 or write the company at P.O. Box 2931, Wichita, KS 67201 for instructions on disposing the defective bottles and replacing the bottles at no charge.



November 17, 1995


Release # 96-024


WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC, New York Lighter Co. Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling about 50,000 "City-Lites" and "Liberty-Lites" disposable cigarette lighters. The lighters fail to extinguish after use and, in the case of "Liberty-Lites," can flare-up during use. CPSC and New York Lighter are aware of 10 incidents associated with these lighters including one car fire and four burn injuries.

The lighters, imported before the July 12, 1994, child-proof mandatory standard became effective, do not have the required child-resistant feature of lighters distributed after that date. They were distributed nationwide through convenience stores and service stations.

The lighters were manufactured in various colors and have a metal flame hood. City-Lites lighters have the word "City Lites" or "C-LITES" engraved on the metal flame hood, and Liberty Lites lighters have the word "Liberty-LITES" engraved on the metal hood. The lighters sold in packages of three for about $2.

Consumers who own City Lights or Liberty Lights lighters should call (800) 626-4732 to receive a postage-paid mailer for returning the lighters. The company will send a novelty product with a retail value of approximately $5 to cover any inconvenience on the part of consumers. Child-resistant "City-Lites" lighters and child-proof "Liberty-Lites" lighters are not subject to this recall.



November 15, 1995


Release # 96-021


WASHINGTON, D.C.- CPSC, Amana Refrigeration Inc. of Amana, Iowa, is announcing a recall to repair certain models of Modern Maid brand single gas wall ovens. The ovens may overheat the floor of surrounding cabinets and cause a fire.

Amana is aware of 35 incidents of the oven overheating, including one fatality allegedly caused by an oven fire.

The wall ovens, measuring 29-1/8 inches high, 23-5/8 inches wide and 21-3/4 inches deep, were sold under the brand name "Modern Maid" and available in six colors: Fresh Avocado, Coffee, Harvest Wheat, Almond, Snow, and Black Glass. Appliance retailers sold approximately 6,480 ovens nationwide between 1979 and 1984 for $699 to $719. The ovens have one of the following model numbers located on the front frame of the oven behind the lift-off oven door: QKO-751, QKO-751A, QGO-751, QGO-751A, DGO-751, DGO-751A, DKO-751, DKO-751A, QGO-851, QKO-851, DGO-851, or DKO-851.

Consumers should stop using the defective ovens immediately and call Amana toll-free at (800) 266-3535 for free installation of a corrective heat shield kit.