Recalls

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

December 16, 2008

Alert #09-713

Arctic Cat Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Fire Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Model Year 2009 Arctic Cat Mountain Cat and Crossfire Snowmobiles

Units: About 10,000

Manufacturer: Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn.

Hazard: The mounting hardware securing the fuel pump can allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Arctic Cat has received four reports of fuel leakage. There have been no reports of personal injury or property damage.

Description: This recall involves all 2009 model Mountain Cat and Crossfire snowmobiles within the Vin number range of 103896 through 118441. The Vin number can be found stamped into the tunnel near the right-side footrest.

Sold by: Authorized Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from June 2008 through November 2008 for between $7,500 and $13,100.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the snowmobile and contact authorized Arctic Cat service dealers to schedule a free repair. All known users have been contacted.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.arcticcat.com

December 16, 2008

Release #09-064 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC Releases "Do's and Don'ts" of Holiday Decorating

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The holiday season is here and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to keep safety in mind as they decorate for the holidays. Flickering candles, blinking holiday lights and fragrant evergreens are beautiful staples of the holiday season, but when used improperly, these holiday decorating "must haves" can pose deadly dangers.

Each year, during the 60 days surrounding the winter holiday season, about 11,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to decoration-related injuries with falls, cuts, shocks and burns topping the list. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that each year an average of 240 fires involving dried-out Christmas trees result in 16 deaths and $13 million in property damage. An average of 13,000 candle-related fires are estimated by CPSC staff to occur annually, resulting in 170 deaths and $390 million in property damage.

"Deaths, injuries and the millions of dollars in property damage related to holiday-decorating hazards are preventable", said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "Keep the holidays festive, by keeping your family and friends safe from harm."

Use the following safety tips when decorating this year:

Trees and Decorations:

• When purchasing an artificial tree, DO look for the label "Fire Resistant." Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree is more resistant to burning.

• When purchasing a live tree, DO check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent between your fingers. The bottom of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.

• When setting up a tree at home, DO place it away from fireplaces, vents, and radiators. Because heated rooms dry out live trees rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic, and do not block doorways.

• When trimming a tree, DO use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.

• In homes with small children, DO take special care to avoid sharp or breakable decorations, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children who could swallow or inhale small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to eat them.

• To avoid lung irritation, follow container directions carefully while decorating with artificial snow sprays.

Lights:

• Indoors or outside, DO use only lights that have been tested for safety by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory, such as UL or ETL/ITSNA. Use only newer lights that have thicker wiring and safety fuses to prevent the wires from overheating.

• Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw out damaged sets.

• If using an extension cord, DO make sure it is rated for the intended use.

• DON'T use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.

• When using lights outdoors, DO check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use and only plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected receptacle or a portable GFCI.

• DO turn off all holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.

Candles:

• Keep burning candles within sight.

• Keep lighted candles away from items that can catch fire and burn easily, such as trees, other evergreens, decorations, curtains and furniture.

• Always use non-flammable holders and keep away from children and pets.

• Extinguish all candles before you go to bed, leave the room or leave the house.

Fireplaces:

• Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals that, if eaten, can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting. Keep them away from children.

• DON'T burn wrapping paper or plastic items in the fireplace. These materials can ignite suddenly and burn intensely, resulting in a flash fire.

• Place a screen around your fireplace to prevent sparks from igniting nearby flammable materials.

Get a free brochure with holiday decorating and toy safety tips at CPSC's web site www.cpsc.gov (pdf)

NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2008

Release #09-062 Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 279-3191

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Note: The Toro Company originally recalled these electric blowers on July 26, 2007.

The Toro Company Reannounces Recall of Electric Blowers Due to Projectile Hazards

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: Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers

Units: About 900,000

Manufacturer: The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn.

Hazard: The blower's impeller, which is a rotating component on the blower, can break, resulting in pieces of plastic flying out of the blower. This poses a risk of serious injury to the user or a bystander.

Incidents/Injuries: Toro has received 162 reports of broken impellers, including 28 reports of minor cuts and bruises resulting from projected impeller pieces.

Description: The recall involves Toro Power Sweep electric blower model 51586 that was manufactured between 2000 and 2002. The recalled units have serial numbers that range between 000055100 and 220255609. There are two decals on the main housing of the blower. One decal reads, "TORO Power Sweep" and the decal on the opposite side of the blower contains the model number and serial number (shown by the letter "A" in the picture below). The recalled units can be identified by a black impeller fan, which can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit.

Sold through: Toro dealers and various mass retailers nationwide including The Home Depot, Lowes, Target and K-Mart stores from January 2000 through late December 2002 for about $32.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled blowers immediately and contact Toro to receive a replacement blower.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Toro at (888) 279-3191 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday. Consumers can also visit the Toro web site at www.toro.com. The Toro Company has notified registered owners directly.

Recall Alert

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

December 11, 2008

Alert #09-712

Commercial Frozen Food Merchandisers Recalled by Tyler Refrigeration Due to Fire Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Commercial Frozen Food Merchandisers

Units: About 1,900

Manufacturer: Tyler Refrigeration, of Niles, Mich.

Hazard: Incomplete/incorrect light bulb installation can result in electrical arcing in the fixture, which can pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Tyler Refrigeration has received one report of a fire, resulting in damage to the case and displayed product. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled Vertical Multi-deck Frozen Food Merchandisers are typically used in grocery stores and other commercial settings. The recall involves models D6F, D6FL, L6F, L6FL, N6F and N6FL manufactured between 1995 and 2008. The serial and model numbers are located on the label located on the inside, upper-right front of the unit behind the lighting assembly. A complete list of the serial numbers involved in this recall can be found at www.tylerrefrigeration.com

Sold by: Tyler Refrigeration-owned branches, independent dealers and directly to some commercial users from March 1995 to July 2008 for about $3,700 to $8,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Owners should immediately verify that light bulbs are fully and correctly installed and contact Tyler Refrigeration to schedule the installation of a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Tyler Refrigeration toll-free at (877) 574-0150 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.tylerrefrigeration.com