Recalls this week: space heaters, flushing systems and more
Saturday, June 23, 2012
More than 70,000 space heaters with the potential to become so hot they might melt, and millions of potentially explosive toilet flushing systems are among the list of recalled consumer products this week. Other products recalled include light fixtures, gas ranges and battery-powered adult tricycles.
Here's a more detailed look that the recalled products:
DETAILS: Climate Keeper ceramic space heaters with model numbers FH107A and PTC-902T. They were sold at Big Lots stores from Sept. 2010 through March 2012.
WHY: They can overheat and melt, posing a fire or electric shock hazard.
INCIDENTS: Four reports of overheating and melting
HOW MANY: About 70,500
FOR MORE: Call Big Lots at 866-244-5687 or visit www.biglots.com
TOILET FLUSHING SYSTEMS
DETAILS: Series 503 Flushmate III pressure-assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks. The recalled systems were made from Oct. 1997 to Feb. 2008. The date code range for this recall begins with 101497 and continues through 022908.
WHY: The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact or laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.
INCIDENTS: 304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries.
HOW MANY: More than 2.3 million in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada
FOR MORE: Call Flushmate at 800-303-5123 or visit www.flushmate.com and http://recall.flushmate.com
DETAILS: Thomas Lighting ceiling flush mount light fixtures sold at electrical distributors and wholesalers between July 2010 and July 2011. The recall involves 28 different models and all affected fixtures have a round base or canopy affixed to the ceiling and a dome- or cylindrical-shaped cover. The recalled fixtures have a variety of finishes and most models have a nib in the center of the dome cover.
WHY: The fixture's socket wire insulation can degrade, leading to charged wires becoming exposed, causing electricity to pass to the metal canopy of the fixture. This poses a fire and electric shock hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: 11 reports of defects but no reported injuries
HOW MANY: About 83,750
FOR MORE: Call Thomas Lighting at 800-764-0756 or visit at www.thomaslighting.com
DETAILS: Outdoor wall-mount lanterns made by Zhongshan De Gao Lighting Co. Ltd. and Zhongshan Huayi Lighting Co. Ltd. of China and imported by Bel Air Lighting Inc. of Valencia, Calif. The lanterns are cast aluminum in a rust color with beveled glass. They were sold at Lowe's stores under the Portfolio brand name with item number 253366 and at lighting showrooms with item number 44181, both of which are printed on the product's packaging. Part number "E194303" is printed on the base plate and on a label affixed to one of the light sockets.
WHY: An electrical short circuit can occur in the lanterns' internal wiring, posing a risk of fire, burn, and electric shock.
INCIDENTS: Seven reports, including two lanterns catching fire, but no injuries
HOW MANY: About 99,700
FOR MORE: Call Bel Air Lighting at 888-770-7018 or visit www.regcen.com/belairlighting
DETAILS: EDIC air movers/blowers that are used to dry floors in homes and other buildings. "Aqua Dri" is printed on the top of some of the air movers. Model "3004AD" or model "3004ADxxx, with additional letters, is printed on the serial number plate on the back of the units. Model numbers with "N'' are not included in this recall. They were sold from Jan. 2003 through Sept. 2011.
WHY: The internal electrical capacitor can fail and overheat, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: Four involving fires that resulted in property damage, but no injuries
HOW MANY: About 53,000
FOR MORE: Call EDIC at 888-289-8720, send an e-mail to recall(at)edic-usa.com, or visit www.EDIC-USA.com
DETAILS: Frigidaire gas ranges model number LGGF3043KFM with serial numbers within the following range: VF20457216 to VF20457555. The model and serial numbers are located near the base of the range just below the bottom right portion of the oven door. They were sold at Lowe's stores from Feb. 2012 through March 2012.
WHY: There can be a delayed ignition on the bake/broil feature on the oven, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: One incident reported, but no injuries or damage
HOW MANY: About 185
FOR MORE: Call Frigidaire at 888-360-8556 or visit www.selfcleangasrangerecall.com
DETAILS: Acetrikes Industrial Co. battery powered tricycles distributed by Currie Technologies. The brand name eZip or iZip is printed on the sides of the bike and above the front wheel. Recalled tricycles are in the serial number range ACB06L00001 to ACB10H99999, which are engraved on the frame under the handlebar support on the front of the tricycle. Model numbers include EZ-TRY-SD, IZ-TRY-RD, IZ-TRICR7-BL and IZ-TRY8-BL. They were sold from March 2007 through March 2012.
WHY: The rear axle can break causing the rear wheel to detach.
INCIDENTS: Six reported, including five reports of bruises and scrapes
HOW MANY: About 2,100
FOR MORE: Call Currie Technologies at 800-377-4532 or visit www.currietech.com
DETAILS: Recliner chairs distributed by Tone World International Inc. The phrases: "Manufactured By Xiamen Xinzhjheng Foam Products Co., LTD Xiang-Bei Industrial Area, Xiang' An District, Xiamen" and "Made in China" are printed on a label located on the underside of the recliner chair. They were sold in Fingerhut catalogs, at Fingerhut.com, and at Gettington.com from July 2011 through January 2012.
WHY: The surface paint on the legs of the recliner contains excessive levels of lead which is prohibited under federal law.
INCIDENTS: None reported
HOW MANY: About 405
FOR MORE: Call Tone World International jeffg(at)twmpls.com or 763-513-9596
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