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Nine Manufacturers, Distributors Announce Consumer Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards

September 1, 2011 - WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with nine manufacturers and distributors, is announcing a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by these companies. Due to the serious risks of flash fire and burns when consumers add pourable gel to an already burning fire pot, consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel.

The recall involves an estimated 2 million units of various pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in scented and non-scented formulations, which were sold since 2008 for between $5 and $20 by the companies listed below.

Consumers can contact these firms to obtain instructions for a refund of the product and for returning unused bottles and jugs:

The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. CPSC is aware of 65 incidents resulting in two deaths and 34 victims who were hospitalized with second and third degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs.

Of the 65 incidents, 28 of them, including 37 burn injuries and two fatalities, occurred with fuel gel products made by Napa Home & Garden, which conducted a recall of its products in June 2011, in cooperation with CPSC. Also in June, CPSC issued a press statement alerting consumers to the hazards of pourable gel fuels. All pourable gel fuel, regardless of manufacturer, poses flash fire hazards.

Consumers should not attempt to use or fix pourable gel fuel bottles with homemade remedies, or replace the fuel with other flammable materials.

Retailers should stop sale of existing inventory and immediately remove all stock of pourable gel fuel from shelves. Some firms are working on a design for caps that may prevent flash fire hazards.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov


Napa Home & Garden Recalls NAPAfire and FIREGEL Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

June 22, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs

Units: About 460,000 bottles and jugs

Distributor: Napa Home & Garden, of Duluth, Ga.

Hazard: The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Fuel gel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Napa is aware of 37 reports of incidents, including 23 burn injuries to consumers.

Description: The product is a clear, pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in non-scented and citronella scents. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited.

Sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond, Shopko, Restoration Hardware, specialty and gift shops, furniture stores, and home and garden stores nationwide, as well as through Amazon.com, home and garden catalogs, and home decorators and landscape architects between December 2009 and June 2011 for between $5 and $78.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles or jugs to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund. A retrofit for the Napa brand firepots is being evaluated and may be available in the near future.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Napa Home & Garden at (888) 893-2323 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit Napa's website at http://www.napahomeandgarden.com/ or write to Napa, 3270 Summit Ridge Parkway, Suite 240, Duluth, GA 30096-1617

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled products, please go to:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11255.html


Sunjoy Industries Recalls Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplaces Sold Exclusively at Lowe's Stores Due to Fire Hazard

March 8, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Freestanding Steel Outdoor Fireplaces

Units: About 20,000 in the United States and 400 in Canada

Manufacturer: Sunjoy Industries Group Limited, of Steubenville, Ohio

Hazard: The decorative bronze powder coat finish on the fireplace chimney can ignite during use, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sunjoy has received 14 reports of the chimney's decorative powder coat finish catching fire, resulting in one report of melted siding. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves "Garden Treasures Living" steel outdoor fireplaces with a bronze finish chimney and slate colored accents. The wood burning fireplace is approximately 24 inches deep by 35 inches wide and 57 inches tall, has two glass doors and a tile back inside. Item number 0027705 and model number L-OF082PST-3 are printed on the front page of the product's instruction manual. No other "Garden Treasures Living" brand outdoor fireplaces are included in this recall.

Sold at: Lowe's retail stores nationwide from March 2010 through November 2010 for about $300.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the fireplace and contact Sunjoy to obtain a free replacement chimney and chimney cap.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sunjoy toll-free at (877) 343-5651 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.sunjoydirect.com/fireplacerecall.htm. Consumers can also email the firm at fireplacerecall@sunjoydirect.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1289 


Lennox Hearth Products Recalls Natural Gas Log Set Burner Assemblies Due to Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

March 1, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Lennox Shadowdance Natural Gas Log Set Burner Assemblies

Units: About 3,200

Manufacturer: Lennox Hearth Products LLC, of Nashville, Tenn.

Hazard: A crack can develop at the gas valve connection allowing natural gas to leak while the burner is in use, posing a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Incidents/Injuries: Lennox has received 20 reports of cracks at the gas valve connection. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves gas burners sold with Lennox brand Shadowdance natural gas log set burner assemblies. The product is used in a wood-burning fireplace or a ventless firebox enclosure. The assemblies were sold under model numbers LSVFSD-18, LSVFSD-24 and LSVFSD-30, and include a burner and ceramic-fiber log set. Replacement gas burners also were sold separately under model number LSVFSD-NG. Burners included in this recall have serial numbers that begin with 6407, 6408, 6409 and 6410A through 6410G. The burner's model and serial numbers are printed on a metal identification plate attached to the burner.

Sold by: Fireplace and HVAC retailers and installers nationwide from August 2007 through December 2010 for between $700 and $850.

Manufactured in: USA

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled natural gas log set burner assemblies. Consumers can contact Lennox to arrange for a free replacement of the burner

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Lennox Hearth Products at (800) 299-0027 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at http://www.lennoxhearthproducts.com


Wood Burning Stoves Recalled by SCAN Andersen Due to Injury Hazard
4/22/10 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: SCAN Andersen 10 Wood Burning Stove
Units: About 200
Importer: Jotul North America, of Gorham, Maine
Manufacturer: Jøtul AS, Fredrikstad, Norway
Hazard: The stove's door can dislodge and fall from its hinges, posing a risk of injury to consumers. Incidents/Injuries: Three incidents were reported to the firm including one report of a bruised foot.
Description: The recalled SCAN Andersen 10 wood burning stoves have serial numbers from 7951 through 8267. The serial number is printed on a label applied to the rear panel of the stove. These units are freestanding, black, cast iron stoves with a single front load door with glass pane. Dimensions are 35"H x 26 2/8" W x 16" D.
Sold at: Company dealers and distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada from March, 2009 to February, 2010.
Manufactured in: Norway
Remedy: Consumers should contact their dealer for a hinge replacement kit and to arrange for a free professional installation.
Consumer Contact: For more information contact Jotul North America at (800) 797-5912, ext. 108 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's recall web page at www.jotul.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10202.html

Simpson Dura-Vent Recalls Fireplace Dampers Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard
March 23, 2010 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: DuraTech Anchor Plate with Damper and DuraChimney II Anchor Plate with Damper
Units: About 500
Manufacturer: Simpson Dura-Vent Company Inc., of Vacaville, Calif.

Hazard: When the consumer attempts to open/close the damper, it can become stuck in its current position. In addition, some of the dampers were assembled backwards and are set to the closed position when the consumer attempts to open the damper. Both pose risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves DuraTech Anchor Plates with Dampers and DuraChimney II Anchor Plates with Dampers. The products are intended for use as a starter section for chimneys in fireplace applications. The dampers allow the chimney to be closed when the fireplace is not in use. Each damper is a short sheet metal vent pipe fitted with a circular damper plate within the vent pipe, and attached to a square anchor plate. The damper plate rotates around an axis rod to control the flow of air through the vent pipe. The damper plates have a weight attached to one side, and a chain attached to the other side. When installed in a fireplace application, the square anchor plate is generally not visible.

The DuraTech Anchor Plate with Damper was manufactured in five sizes, as follows:

Dura-Vent Product Description / Dura-Vent Product Number
10" diameter DuraTech Damper / 99142
12" diameter DuraTech Damper / 99242
14" diameter DuraTech Damper / 99342
16" diameter DuraTech Damper / 99442
18" diameter DuraTech Damper / 99542

The DuraChimney II Anchor Plate with Damper was manufactured in four sizes, as follows:

Dura-Vent Product Description / Dura-Vent Product Number
10" diameter DuraChimney Damper / 10DCA-APD
12" diameter DuraChimney Damper / 12DCA-APD
14" diameter DuraChimney Damper / 14DCA-APD
16" diameter DuraChimney Damper / 16DCA-APD

Sold by: Dura-Vent distributors to fireplace/chimney contractors and by installers to home builders nationwide from January 2007 through May 2008 for between $100 to $150, depending on the model and size.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should ensure that their damper is in the open position when the fireplace is in use. Consumers or distributors with defective fireplace dampers should contact Dura-Vent to schedule a free repair. The remaining unrepaired recalled dampers were distributed in Washington and California. Consumers and distributors whose dampers were previously inspected and repaired do not need to schedule an additional inspection.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can contact Simpson Dura-Vent at (866) 860-7908 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.duravent.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10176.html


Rheem Recalls to Repair Oil-Fired Furnaces Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of
the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled
products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rheem, Ruud and United Refrigeration Oil-Fired Furnaces
Units: About 14,000
Manufacturer: Air Conditioning Division of Rheem Manufacturing Co., of Fort
Smith, Ark.
Hazard: If the furnace is not properly wired, the oil burner can continue to
operate when the blower shuts off, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Rheem has received one report in which the furnace was
incorrectly wired. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: This recall involves oil-fired furnaces sold under the Rheem,
Ruud and United Refrigeration brands. Only the models beginning with the
model numbers listed in the chart below and with date codes ending in 0106
through 5206, 0107 through 5207, or 0108 through 4808 are included in this
recall. The model number and date code (designated by the four digits
following an "M" in the middle of the serial number) are printed on the
unit's rating plate, which is on the left wall of the furnace's interior
just above the burner. The rating plate can be found by opening the unit's
burner access door, which has slotted openings.
Model # Brand & Description
ROBF Rheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Upflow Oil Furnace ROPF
Rheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Downflow/Horizontal Oil Furnace
TZOUP United Refrigeration "Thermal Zone" Upflow Oil Furnace TZODH United
Refrigeration "Thermal Zone" Downflow/ Horizontal Oil Furnace
Sold by: Contractors nationwide to consumers from January 2006 through
December 2008 as part of installed systems for between $1,500 and $10,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact the contractor who installed
the oil furnace to arrange for a free inspection and repair, if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rheem at (800)
577-3960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the
firm's Web site at www.rheemac.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recall
product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09104.html

 January 15, 2009 - CPSC, Manufacturers Announce Changes to 1998 Recall Program to Replace Dangerous Home Heating Vent Pipes Remedy Changes for Registrations after May 1, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and various home heating furnace, boiler, and high-temperature plastic vent (HTPV) manufacturers are urging home owners who have not yet responded to the previously-announced 1998 recall, to do so immediately. After May 1, 2009, the remedy consumers receive under the existing program, which has been operating continuously for almost 11 years, will change.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09099.html

Propane Gas Fireplace Inserts Recalled by Wolf Steel Due to Laceration Hazard
December 11, 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

 

Name of Product: Napoleon Propane Gas Fireplace Inserts
Units: About 1,200
Manufacturer: Wolf Steel USA, of Crittenden, Ky.
Hazard: Delayed ignition due to a build-up of propane gas can cause the insert's glass cover to break, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Wolf Steel has received one report of a consumer who suffered minor lacerations when the glass cover shattered.
Description: This recall involves Napoleon propane GDI44 gas fireplace inserts. Model number GDI44 is located on the front cover of the operating instructions or on the rating label found behind the right side panel next to the insert's viewing glass. The glass size is 36" wide and 22" high. Napoleon natural gas GDI44 inserts are not affected by this recall.
Sold at: Authorized Napoleon fireplace hearth dealers nationwide from July 2002 through September 2008 for about $2,000.
Manufactured in: Canada
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the fireplace and contact Wolf Steel to receive a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wolf Steel toll-free at (866) 539-2039 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.



 

 

 

Louisville Ladder Recalls Extension Ladders Due to Fall Hazard
2/20/08- WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: "Louisville/Davidson" and "Michigan" Brand Fiberglass
Extension Ladders
Units: About 25,000
Manufacturer: Louisville Ladder Inc., of Louisville, Ky.
Hazard: The extension or "fly" section can fail to lock, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled ladders are Type I, IA, or II extension ladders with fiberglass rails and "D" shaped aluminum rungs. The following models are included in the recall:

Louisville/Davidson brand
534-24 618-24 FE1724 FE3228 L-3022-24PT
534-28 618-28 FE1728 FE3228-010002 L-3022-28PT
534-32 FE3224 FE3228-740037 L-3022-32PT
534-36 FE3224-E03 FE3228-E03 L-3121-24
534-40 FE3224-E08 FE3228-E03E34
578-24 FE3224-LO32 FE3232
578-28 FE3232-E03
578-32 FE3236
FE3240

Michigan brand
386124
386128
386132
386136
386140

The recall involves only models manufactured from September 2007 through October 2007. The model number and the manufacturing date code are located on the left side rail of the ladders. Ladders with two green dots near the bottom of the left side base rail have already been inspected or repaired and are not included in the recall.
Sold at: Industrial supply stores and home centers nationwide from September 2007 through December 2007 for between $130 and $760.

Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the ladder immediately and contact Louisville Ladder for instructions on inspecting the ladder and receiving a free repair kit, if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Louisville Ladder at (800) 660-4356 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.louisvilleladder.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08197.html

 

The recall, first announced in February 1998, included about 250,000 Plexvent and Ultravent HTPV pipe systems attached to gas or propane furnaces and boilers in homes. The HTPV pipes can crack or separate at the joints and leak deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. The following table includes the different remedies available to consumers with qualifying heating systems vented with two leading brands of HTPV pipe - Plexvent and Ultravent.

For valid claims initiated on or before May 1, 2009, with remediation completed and required documentation submitted by October 1, 2009: Plexvent owners will receive a new, professionally-installed venting system free of charge or a rebate up to $$400 towards purchase of a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV. Ultravent owners will receive a new, professionally-installed venting system for about $$250 or a rebate of $$250 towards purchase of a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV.

For valid claims initiated after May 1, 2009: Plexvent owners will receive a rebate up to $$400 toward either an HTPV replacement system, or a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV. Ultravent owners will receive a rebate up to $$250 toward either an HTPV replacement system, or a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV.</p>

Consumers who register after May 1, 2009 and who choose to repair their systems will be responsible for up-front payment of parts, labor and permits, and will be responsible for arranging to have the work performed.

Consumers should determine whether they have a recalled HTPV pipe system by checking the vent pipes attached to their natural gas or propane furnace or boiler. Vent pipes subject to this recall can be identified as follows:

the vent pipes are plastic;

the vent pipes are colored gray or black;

"Plexvent," "Plexvent II" or "Ultravent" is stamped on the vent pipe or printed on stickers placed on pieces used to connect the vent pipes; and

the vent pipes are located on furnaces (and the pipes go through the sidewalls of structures) or on boilers.

Other plastic vent pipes, such as white PVC, are not included in the recall.

After checking the vent pipes, consumers should call (800) 758-3688 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to sign up for HTPV pipe system replacement. The following manufacturers are participating in this program:

Armstrong Air Conditioning Inc., Bard Manufacturing Co., Burnham Corp., Dunkirk Radiator Corp., Evcon Industries Inc., Heat Controller Inc., International Comfort Prod. Corp.(USA), Lennox Industries Inc., Nordyne Inc., Peerless Heater Co., Pennco Inc., Plexco Inc., Raypak Inc., Rheem Manufacturing Co., Slant/Fin Corp., The Trane Co., Trianco-Heatmaker Inc., Utica Boilers Inc., Vaillant Corp., Weil-McLain, Westcast Inc., York International Corp.York International Corp.

CPSC reminds all consumers to have fuel-burning appliances professionally inspected each year to check for cracks or separations in the vents that could allow CO to leak into the home. In addition, CPSC recommends that every home should have at least one CO alarm.

Recall Notices Related to the Industry

Honeywell Recalls Gas Valves Used in Decorative Fireplaces and Stoves Due To Burn Hazard
10/2/07 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Gas Valves Used in Decorative Fireplaces and Stoves
Units: About 4,000
Manufacturer: Honeywell International Inc., of Morristown, N.J.

Hazard: The activation knob on the valve can be left in a position between OFF and PILOT, which can cause the pilot gas to leak and accumulate prior to burner ignition. This can pose the risk of thermal burns to consumers when they light the pilot of the fireplace or stove.

Incidents/Injuries: Honeywell has received one report of gas accumulating and combusting when the consumer lit the fireplace, resulting in a minor injury when the hair in the back of the consumer's hand was singed.

Description and Models: This recall involves gas valves used in liquid-propane-fueled decorative fireplaces and Franklin-type stoves. These stoves and fireplaces have direct pressure relief vents via a spring-loaded door. Fireplaces and stoves with a side or rear vent are not included in this recall. The recalled valves were installed in these fireplaces and stoves.

Sold at: Honeywell sold the gas valves exclusively to original equipment manufacturers for use in fireplaces and stoves from April 2004 through August 2007. Those manufacturers sold fireplaces and stoves at retailers nationwide.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Honeywell for information on how to receive a free inspection and replacement valve.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Honeywell at (800) 939-4836 between 9 a.m. and 5p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.nvp-hearth.honeywell.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: www.cpsc.gov

Crown Boiler Co. Recalls Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard

12/19/06 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Bermuda BSI and Cayman CWI Series Gas Boilers
Units: About 400
Manufacturer: Crown Boiler Co., of Philadelphia, Pa.
Hazard: The boilers can generate excessive levels of carbon monoxide
(CO) in the flue gases, posing a risk of CO poisoning.
Incidents/Injuries: Crown Boiler has received one report of high levels of carbon monoxide from these boilers. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall involvesBermuda BSI and Cayman CWI Series gas-fired boilers designed for indoor installation. Model and serial numbers included in this recall are listed below and are located on the rating plate. The boilers have a two-tone, red and gray jacket enclosure with the controls and piping on the right side of the unit. The rating plate is a silver label located in the upper left hand corner of the right side panel.

Model Numbers Serial Numbers
BSI069SN CROWNB000304258 and CROWNB000411446, BSI069EN, BSI172SL, BSI172EL, CWI069SN, CWI069EN, CWI172SL, CWI172EL

Sold by: Plumbing and heating wholesale distributors to plumbers and contractors nationwide from October 2002 through October 2006 for between $800 and $2,100.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers who have not already been contacted by their contractor should immediately contact their installer or Crown Boiler Co. to arrange for a free repair. Consumers are reminded to install a CO alarm outside all sleeping areas, or make sure their current CO alarms have working batteries.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Crown Boiler Co toll-free at (877) 597-3321 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.crownboiler.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07063.html

Weil-McLain Recalls Ultra Series Boilers for Carbon Monoxide Hazard
10/31/06
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Weil-McLain Ultra Series Gas Boilers
Units: About 16,000
Manufacturer: Weil-McLain, of Michigan City, Ind.

Hazard: These boilers were manufactured for use with natural gas, but could have a blue tag incorrectly indicating to installers that they are
intended for use with LP (propane) gas. If an installer connects one of the boilers to LP gas without installing a propane conversion kit,
carbon monoxide (CO) can build up due to incomplete combustion, posing a risk of CO poisoning.

Incidents/Injuries: Weil-McLain is aware of one incident where two consumers reported CO poisoning when the boiler installed in their home was connected to LP gas.

Description: The recall involves Weil-McLain Ultra 80, Ultra 105, Ultra 155, Ultra 230 and Ultra 310 condensing, high-efficient, gas-fired boilers for space heating. The user's manual and installation manual have "Ultra Gas-Fired Water Boiler" on the cover. The boilers are wrapped in a glossy silver/flat black jacket and either stand on the floor or are wall-mounted. The serial numbers range from CP5071716 through CP5327000. When the panel on the front of the boiler is removed, a bar-coded label with the serial number is located on the lower right hand side of the boiler itself. "Weil-McLain" is written on the front panel of the boilers.

Sold by: Plumbing and heating wholesale distributors to plumbers and contractors nationwide from May 2005 through July 2006 for between $4,000 and $7,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers who had a Weil-McLain Ultra series boiler installed for use with propane and have not already been contacted by their installer should contact the installer or a heating professional for a free safety inspection. If the boiler was not installed with a propane conversion kit, one will be installed at the time of the inspection at no charge. Heating professionals may contact Weil McLain Technical Service at (219) 879-6561 for more information.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Weil-McLain toll-free at (866) 426-6172 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.weil-mclain.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07020.html

Delta Combination Water Heaters Recalled by Triangle Tube for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard
9/7/06 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Delta Performance or Delta Performance Plus Series Combination Water Heaters
Units: About 3,000
Manufacturer: Triangle Tube/Phase III, of Blackwood, N.J.
Hazard: The burner plate and flue hood seal on the water heaters can fail due to an improper seal causing a leak of flue gases and carbon monoxide (CO). This poses the risk of CO poisoning to consumers inside of the house.

Incidents/Injuries: Triangle Tube has received one report of a flue leak with the recalled Combination Water Heater during installation. No injuries have been reported.

Description and Models: The recalled Delta Performance or Delta Performance Plus Series Combination Water Heaters operate on natural or propane gas. The water heaters are white and rectangular. "Triangle Tube" is written on the silver-colored control panel. "Delta" is printed on the front of the water heater. The burner is located under a white or gray cover that protrudes outward at the bottom front of the heater. The models and serial numbers included in this recall are listed below. The
model and serial numbers are located on the rating plate on either the front or the right side of the water heater.

Models Serial Numbers
PG-25 1148
PG-30 through
PG-35 6203
PG-40
PG-45
PG PLUS-25
PG PLUS-30
PG PLUS-35
PG PLUS-40
PG PLUS-45

Sold at: Plumbing and heating wholesale companies to independent plumbing and heating contractors from August 2001 to January 2006 for about $3,500.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water
heaters and contact Triangle Tube to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Triangle Tube at (800) 856-6271 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.triangletube.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07020.html

CFM Corp. Recalls Sequoia Wood Burning Fireplaces for Fire Hazard

6/28/06- WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Sequoia Wood Burning Fireplaces
Units: About 1,300
Manufacturer: CFM Corp. of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Hazard: Due to insufficient insulation or a missing weld, some of these fireplaces could pose a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: Only models EWF30, EWF36, and EWF36A are affected by this recall. The recalled fireplaces are 400 or 700 pound steel plate
wood-burning fireplaces with the trade name "Sequoia." The fireplaces measure 30-inches-wide or 36-inches-wide, have doors which seal them and
are designed for installation in openings in the walls of homes that connect to chimneys. Affected model and serial numbers are:

Model Number EWF30 (30 inch) - Serial Number Range of Affected Units:

WFE05HO R052 400001 to WFE05HO R052 400120
WFE05HO R053 500001 to WFE05HO R053 500060
WFE05HO R054 200001 to WFE05HO R054 200100

Model Numbers EWF36A and EWF36 (36 inch) - Serial Number Range of Affected Units:

FA2ECB 309950 to FA2ECB 309999
FA2ECB 339900 to FA2ECB 339999
FA2ECB 369900 to FA2ECB 369999
FA2ECB 03399899 to FA2ECB 03399998
FA2ECB 49989
FA2ECB 3249970
FA2ECB 3249999
FA3ECB 05140001 to FA3ECB 051400100
FA3ECB 051900001 to FA3ECB 051900050
FA3ECB 052200001 to FA3ECB 052200060
FA3ECB 052400001 to FA3ECB 052400100
FA3ECB 052800001 to FA3ECB 052800010
WFE05H0H054800001 to WFE05H0H054800100
WFE05H0H055100001 to WFE05H0H055100005
WFE05H0H060600001 to WFE05H0H060600100
WFE05H0H061600001 to WFE05H0H061600050

The name "CFM Corporation" and the model and serial number are located on the rating plate at the bottom right corner of each fireplace.
Manufactured In: Canada and the United States

Sold at: Authorized Vermont Castings dealers in Canada and the United
States from January 1, 2003 through mid-April, 2006 for about $2,200 for
the EWF30 and about $3,000 for the EWF36 and EWF36A.

Remedy: CFM representatives or authorized dealers will arrange to conduct an in-home repair for every affected fireplace

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact CFM Corp. at (866) 757-6649 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.cfmcorp.com To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06198.html

 

CPSC, Louisville Ladder Inc. Announce Recall of Industrial Ladders
11/23/05 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Multi-Purpose, Step-to-Straight, Combination, Manhole and Extension Trestle Ladders
Units: About 3,000
Manufacturer: Louisville Ladder Inc., of Louisville, Ky.
Hazard: The rung on the ladders could break near the side rail causing the user to fall.
Incidents/Injuries: Louisville Ladder has received two reports of rungs breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled ladders are Type 1A industrial ladders with fiberglass rails and round aluminum rungs, and include the 14 model numbers listed on a chart (see recall on www.cpsc.gov) with manufacture dates and date codes from November 2004 through March 2005. The model number and the manufacture date code for all models except the FA1012 and FA1016 model ladder are located on the model number/notice label on the side rail of the ladders. The date code for the model FA1012 and FA1016 ladder is located on the metal wrap-around adjacent to the hinges.

Sold at: Industrial supply stores and home centers nationwide from November 2004 through June 2005 for between $75 and $235.
Manufactured In: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the ladder immediately and contact Louisville Ladder for instructions on receiving a free inspection and replacement ladder if necessary.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Louisville Ladder at (800) 660-4356 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.louisvilleladder.com

CPSC Announces Vent Pipe Manufacturer Pulls Out of Recall Program -- Other Firms Continue to Honor Recall Agreement

11/7/05 -WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing today that in early 2005 Falcon HC Holding Corp., of Stamford, Conn., withdrew from participation in the recall program to replace Ultravent-brand plastic vent pipes used to vent home heating systems. Because of Falcon's withdrawal, consumers with Ultravent pipes now have to pay the portion the firm had agreed to pay, about 40 percent of the total replacement cost, which amounts to between $230 and $250 per system.

All the other firms participating in the recall program continue to honor their obligations under the program. Falcon's withdrawal does not affect consumers with Plexvent-brand vent pipe. Thus, consumers with Plexvent-brand plastic vent pipes continue to get a cost-free remedy when they replace their vent pipes.

The original recall program was announced on February 24, 1998 with the participation of virtually the entire furnace and boiler industry together with the two manufacturers of high-temperature plastic vent (HTPV) pipes. Its purpose was to replace the estimated 250,000 HTPV pipe systems attached to gas or propane furnaces or boilers in consumers' homes. The HTPV pipes could crack or separate at the joints and leak deadly carbon monoxide (CO). About 93,000 HTPV pipes have been replaced as of October 1, 2005.

When the recall program began in February 1998, Hart and Cooley Inc., the manufacturer of Ultravent pipes, agreed to participate in the recall indefinitely. In December 1999, Hart and Cooley Inc. was purchased by EQ Corp., of Norwalk, Conn., a subsidiary of Equilease Corp., and renamed Falcon HC Holding Corp. The firm currently known as Hart and Cooley Inc., now owned by Tomkins PLC, is not the subject of this press release.

Despite having ample assets to continue funding Falcon HC Holding Corp.'s share of the recall, EQ Corp. has informed the Commission that it is not legally responsible and, therefore, will not do so.

Since the recalled HTPV pipes can leak CO, consumers are urged to replace them immediately. CO is a colorless, odorless gas. Initial symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu, and may include dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea and irregular breathing. High-level exposure can lead to death.

To determine whether they have HTPV pipe systems subject to the recall, consumers should check the vent pipes attached to their natural gas or propane furnaces or boilers. Vent pipes subject to this recall program can be identified as follows: the vent pipes are plastic; the Plexvent vent pipes are black and the Ultravent vent pipes are gray; and they have the names "Plexvent," "Plexvent II" or "Ultravent" stamped on the vent pipe or printed on stickers placed on pieces used to connect the vent pipes together.

Consumers should also check the location of these vent pipes. For furnaces, only HTPV systems that have vent pipes going through the sidewalls of structures (horizontal systems) are subject to this program. For boilers, all HTPV systems are subject to this program. Other plastic vent pipes, such as white PVC or CPVC, are not involved in this program.

After checking the vent pipes, consumers should call the special toll-free number (800) 758-3688, available between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, to verify that their HTPV pipe systems are subject to this recall program.
Consumers with eligible systems will receive new, professionally installed venting systems free of charge or at a reduced charge, depending on the manufacturer of their HTPV pipes. In addition, furnace owners with HTPV pipes may choose to replace their existing mid-efficiency furnace with a new, high-efficiency furnace manufactured by the same company. Furnace owners with Plexvent pipes will receive a $400 rebate when the work is completed, and furnace owners with Ultravent pipes will receive a $250 rebate when the work is completed.


CPSC, A.O. Smith Recall of Water Heaters
10/6/05 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: 75-Gallon Propane Gas Water Heaters
Units: About 5,000
Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Water Products Co., of Ashland City, Tenn.
Hazard: The water heaters can accumulate soot on the burners, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall involves 75-gallon propane gas water heaters. The heaters have the name "A.O. Smith," "Reliance," "Apollo," "State," or "Maytag" on the side of the unit. The model number is located on the rating plate. Only units with the model numbers listed below and manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005 are included in the recall.

Brand Name Model Number
Reliance 675CRRS
675CRRSD
S7576PE
Apollo A675CQRSL
A675CRRSL
A675CRRSLCGAD
A. O. Smith BT-80-271
FCG-75-271
PCG-75-271
Maytag HRP11275Q
State GS675CRRS
GS675CRRSD
SBS7576PE
SBS7576PED
SBS7576PECGA
SBS7576PECGAD
If your unit has one of the model numbers listed above, locate the serial number on the rating plate to determine if it was manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005. The serial numbers of units manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005 are listed below.
Month/Date of Serial Number
Manufacture: Begins With:
Jan-04 MA04 or AA04 or A04
Feb-04 MB04 or AB04 of B04
Mar-04 MC04 or AC04 or C04
Apr-04 MD04 or AD04 or D04
May-04 ME04 or AE04 or E04
Jun-04 MF04 or AF04 or F04
Jul-04 G04
Aug-04 H04
Sep-04 J04
Oct-04 K04
Nov-04 L04
Dec-04 M04
Jan-05 A05
Feb-05 B05
Mar-05 C05
Apr-05 D05
May-05 E05
Jun-05 F05
Jul-05 G05

Installed by: Independent contractors and plumbers nationwide from January 2004 through July 2005 for between $460 and $1,130.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Contact A. O. Smith to arrange for installation of free repair.
Consumer Contact: Contact A.O. Smith toll-free at (866) 880-4661 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.hotwater.com


CPSC, Robertshaw Controls Co. Announce Recall of Gas Control Valves on Water Heaters
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturer named below, today announced voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed
Name of Product: Robertshaw R110 Series Gas Control Valves

Units: About 178,000

Manufacturer: Robertshaw Controls Co., of Long Beach, Calif.

Hazard: Screws on some water heater valves could break. If this happens, gas could leak from the valve, which poses a risk of gas explosion and fire.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The R110 Gas Control Valves being recalled are installed on natural and liquid propane (LP) gas water heaters. The recalled valves were manufactured between July 25, 2005 and August 14, 2005 with production date codes 5-31 through and including 5-33, although not all valves with these date codes are affected. The recalled valves were installed on the following water heater brands: American Proline, Bradford White, GE, GSW, Hotpoint, Jetglas, John Wood, Lochinvar, Premier Plus, Powerflex, Rheem, Richmond, Ruud, Vanguard, Whirlpool, and U.S. Craftmaster. The model and serial number can be found on the manufacturer's label on the water heater. Electric water heaters are not included.

Sold: Installed on water heaters by gas appliancedistributors and retailers, including Home Depot and Lowe's, as well as plumbers and plumbing/heating equipment suppliers. The gas valves also were sold separately through gas appliance service providers. Water heaters sold or serviced prior to July 25, 2005 are not affected.
Assembled in: MexicoRemedy: Consumers that believe they may have an affected water heater, please click on www.robertshaw.com. Have the model and serial numbers of your water heater ready.

For further assistance, please contact Robertshaw. The model and serial numbers can be found on the manufacturer's label on the water heater . Robertshaw will arrange for a free repair or replacement, if necessary. If you smell gas near the appliance or in the building, immediately leave the area and call your gas company or a certified gas technician to investigate the cause.

Consumer Contact: Call Robertshaw at (888) 225-1071 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET , Monday through Saturday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.robertshaw.com to review a list of the appliances with recalled valves and to register for the recall.

 

 

August 31
CPSC, Tile Perfect Inc. Announce Recall of Stand'n Seal Grout Sealer Due to Respiratory Problems
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Stand'n Seal "Spray-On" Grout Sealer sold in 2005
Units: About 300,000 cans
Distributor: Tile Perfect, a division of Roanoke Companies Group Inc., of Aurora, Ill.
Hazard: The product's odor is not chemically pungent enough to force consumers to minimize their exposure to the fumes. Consumers overexposed to these fumes can experience respiratory-related illness.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 88 reports from consumers who have had adverse reactions after using the aerosol product, including 28 confirmed reports of overexposure resulting in respiratory symptoms for which medical attention was sought for coughing, irritation, difficulty breathing, dizziness and disorientation. Thirteen individuals required medical treatment including overnight hospitalization.

Description: : The product is marketed under the brand name of Tile
Perfect(tm) Stand'n Seal "Spray-On" Grout Sealer. The date/lot codes are printed on the bottom of the can. All cans with date/lot codes starting with the following six digits are included in the recall: A20985; A30985; A10995; A20995; A30995; A11015; A21015; A31015; A11025; A21445; A31445; A11455; A21455; A31455; A11465; A21465. Units with other date/lot codes have been reformulated and are not subject to this recall.

Sold at: Exclusively at Home Depot Stores from April 2005 through June 2005 for about $10.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy:: Consumers should not use the aerosol product and return it to the Home Depot for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: : For more information, consumers can contact Tile Perfect Division at (800) 552-6225 Ext. 2572 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm ET Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at www.standandseal.com

August 2
CPSC, DESA Heating Products Announce Recall of Compact Gas Fireplaces

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: “Vanguard” and “FMI” Compact Fireplaces

Units: 534

Manufacturer: DESA Heating Products, of Bowling Green, Ky.

Hazard: The burner tube connection to the gas valve can leak gas when the main burner is on. This leaking gas can ignite, causing a minor flare-up, which could cause nearby combustibles to ignite.

Incidents/Injuries: DESA has received one report of a minor flare-up of the fireplace. DESA has received no reports of personal injury or property damage.
Description: The recall includes DESA Heating Products 10,000 Btu Thermostatically Controlled Compact Classic Hearth Fireplaces that burn propane or natural gas. They have the following model names and number: Vanguard (VMH10TPC & VMH10TNC) and FMI (EFS10TPA & EFS10TNA). They have serial numbers between 015200000 and 017400000. The model and serial numbers are on the end of the shipping carton and on the model data tags inside the lower access door of the compact fireplaces.

Sold at: Hearth shops, central heat and air conditioning retailers and gas suppliers nationwide from April 2004 through June 2005 for between $639 and $912. Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using this fireplace immediately and contact your retailer to schedule a free repair. If consumers have any questions concerning this recall, they should contact their local retailer or DESA.

Consumer Contact: Contact DESA toll-free at (866) 279-3225 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the DESA Web site at www.desatech.com

 

May 19, 2005
CPSC, Robert Bosch Tool Corp. Announce Recall of Circular Saws
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.

Name of Product: BOSCH Circular Saws

Manufacturer: Robert Bosch Tool Corp., of Mount Prospect, Ill.

Hazard: The lower blade guard can malfunction, creating a risk of injury as severe as amputation.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of malfunctioning lower guards, including one amputation.

Description: The recall circular saws include the BOSCH CS10, CS20 and CS20-XC models, which can be identified on the product nameplate mounted on the top of the motor housing. The recalled models do not have an asterisk (*) in the serial number box. The circular saw uses a 7¼-inch blade and has a blue handle and motor enclosure, and a metal guarding system. The name "BOSCH" is printed on the blade guard.

Sold At: Home Depot, Lowe's and Menards nationwide, as well as independent hardware retailers and industrial distributors, from February 2004 through April 2005 for between $120 and $150.

Remedy: Consumer should stop using the circular saws immediately and contact Robert Bosch Tool Corp. to receive a repair kit. The kit includes hardware and instructions for installation.

Consumer Contact: Robert Bosch Tool Corp. at (800) 856-9683 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the BOSCH Web site at www.boschtools.com.

To view this recall online, please go to our website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml05/05177.html

CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772

Hearth & Home Technologies Issues Safety Alert Regarding Heat & Glo Brand GEM 36 and GEM 42 Gas Fireplaces

Hearth & Home Technologies wants to inform consumers of possible safety risks associated with the continued use of 7,815 Heat & Glo(TM) brand GEM 36 and GEM 42 gas fireplaces sold since July 2002. The fireplaces can, under certain circumstances, accumulate gas prior to burner ignition, causing the glass window to shatter and presenting the risk of burns or cuts from broken glass.

"We are asking customers who own one of these products to turn off the gas flow to the fireplace and stop using it until we can send someone to their home and correct the problem at no expense to them," said Brad Determan, president of Hearth & Home Technologies.

Determan explained that company representatives are notifying customers as quickly as possible, either directly and/or through dealers and distributors who sold the fireplaces. Heat & Glo gas fireplace owners can determine if they own a GEM 36 or GEM 42 by checking the rating plate in the bottom of the unit located on the base pan in front of the gas control or by calling Heat & Glo Customer Care at 1-800-215-5152. If an owner has not yet been contacted, they can call Heat & Glo Customer Care at the number above or go to www.gem3642.com for more information.

CPSC Signs Cooperative Safety Agreement with the European Commission at International Safety Conference

WASHINGTON , D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission (EC) entered into an information sharing agreement at a ceremony hosted by the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) during its annual meeting and training symposium in Orlando , Fla.

 

CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton and Director General Robert Madelin from the EC signed letters of commitment to implement mutually agreed guidelines to strengthen communication between both entities, and to improve consumer health and safety protection in the United States and the European Union. The agreement also addresses the need for enhanced regulatory cooperation on consumer product safety issues highlighted as an important element in the Roadmap for U.S.-EU Regulatory Cooperation announced at a June 2004 US/EU Summit.

 

"The exchange of scientific, technical, and regulatory information will benefit consumers on both continents," said Stratton.

 

The cooperative safety agreement with the EC is one of several that CPSC has negotiated in recent months with representatives of foreign governments. CPSC also has formal working relationships with Canadian, Chinese, Taiwanese and Costa Rican authorities. CPSC is negotiating Memoranda of Understanding with Mexico , India and Chile . The goal of these agreements is to heighten awareness of the global aspect of consumer product health and safety issues and to foster the exchange of information that will help reduce the incidence of death and injuries associated with consumer products.

Please send product recall information to Melissa Heeke at mheeke@ncsg.org.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08003.html

Name of Product: "Louisville/Davidson" and "Michigan" Brand Fiberglass
Extension Ladders
Units: About 25,000
Manufacturer: Louisville Ladder Inc., of Louisville, Ky.
Hazard: The extension or "fly" section can fail to lock, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled ladders are Type I, IA, or II extension ladders with fiberglass rails and "D" shaped aluminum rungs. The following models are included in the recall:

Louisville/Davidson brand
534-24 618-24 FE1724 FE3228 L-3022-24PT
534-28 618-28 FE1728 FE3228-010002 L-3022-28PT
534-32 FE3224 FE3228-740037 L-3022-32PT
534-36 FE3224-E03 FE3228-E03 L-3121-24
534-40 FE3224-E08 FE3228-E03E34
578-24 FE3224-LO32 FE3232
578-28 FE3232-E03
578-32 FE3236
FE3240

Michigan brand
386124
386128
386132
386136
386140

The recall involves only models manufactured from September 2007 through October 2007. The model number and the manufacturing date code are located on the left side rail of the ladders. Ladders with two green dots near the bottom of the left side base rail have already been inspected or repaired and are not included in the recall.
Sold at: Industrial supply stores and home centers nationwide from September 2007 through December 2007 for between $130 and $760.

Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the ladder immediately and contact Louisville Ladder for instructions on inspecting the ladder and receiving a free repair kit, if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Louisville Ladder at (800) 660-4356 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.louisvilleladder.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08197.html

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