NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Communications||Washington, D.C.|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2011
|CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Check Your Home for These Winter Weather-Related Recalled Products
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Winter weather has arrived in much of the United States. Play it safe by checking if your cold weather-related products have been previously recalled before you use them this season. It could save your life or that of your family.
|Product||Recall Press Release||Hazard||Photo|
|Meijer Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters
|11-277||The oscillating mechanism in the heaters can short out, posing a fire hazard to consumers.|
|Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze & Comfort Essentials Heaters
(2.2 million units)
|11-069||The heaters can malfunction resulting in overheating, smoking, burning, melting and fire.|
|Lasko Portable Electric Heaters
|11-121||An electrical connection in the base of the unit can overheat, causing it to melt and expose the electrical connection, posing a fire hazard to consumers.|
|Honeywell Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats
|11-289||The thermostats can overheat, causing them to melt and smoke. This poses a burn hazard to the consumer.|
|GE Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters
|11-247||An electrical component in the heating system can fail, posing a fire hazard to consumers.|
I have a new coby tablet and truned it on with the normal buttons and the screen came up black and stated:
The Device Enter Fastboot Mode
Please Connect USB to PC or Reset the Device
I tried hooking up my PC via USB and no luck. I searched all the forums but most had unanswered posts. So how did I fix my Coby tabled?
Home Fires Prompt Dehumidifier Recall Reannouncement from LG Electronics
More Than One Million Dollars in Property Damage Linked to Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is urging consumers to check if they have recalled Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers. The firm is re-announcing the recall of about 98,000 of the dangerous dehumidifiers that pose a serious fire and burn hazard, and are believed to be responsible for more than one million dollars in property damage.
The power connector for the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and their property.
The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following eleven incidents, including four significant fires. Since that time, the company has received sixteen additional incident reports of arcing, smoke and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, including nine significant fires. No injuries have been reported. Fires are reported to have caused more than $1 million in property damage including:
- $500,000 in damage to a home in Gibsonia, Pa.
- $200,000 in damage to a home in New Brighton, Minn.
- $183,000 in damage to a home in Hudson, Mass.
- $192,000 in damage to a home in Valparaiso, Ind.
- $139,000 in damage to a home in Salem, Ohio
- $129,000 in damage to a home in Brielle, N.J.
- $ 95,000 in damage to a home in Philadelphia, Pa.
Because of the severity of the risks, CPSC and LG Electronics are concerned with the lack of consumer response to the recall. Only two percent of the 98,000 consumers who purchased these units have received a free repair, which means that consumers and their property remain at serious risk.
Anyone who has the recalled dehumidifiers is strongly encouraged to immediately stop using them, unplug them, and contact LG Electronics for the free repair.
The recall involves the 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control, and a front-loading water bucket. “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” is printed on the front. Model and serial number ranges included in this recall are listed in the table below. The model and serial numbers are located on the interior of the dehumidifier, and can be seen when the water bucket is removed.
|Brand||Model No.||Serial Number Range||Sold at|
|Goldstar||GHD30Y7||611TAxx00001 through 08400
611TAxx08401 through 40600
612TAxx00001 through 20400
612TAxx21001 through 30600
|Goldstar||DH305Y7||612TAxx00001 through 00600
701TAxx00001 through 16800
702TAxx00001 through 03000
|Comfort-Aire||BHD-301-C||611TA000001 through 001697
612TA000001 through 004200
701TA000001 through 000578
710TA000001 through 000599
|Various retailers, including Ace
Hardware, Do It Best and Orgill Inc.
The recalled dehumidifiers were sold at The Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, Orgill Inc., and other retailers nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150. They were manufactured in China.
For additional information about the recall and for the location of an authorized service center for the repair, contact LG toll free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firm’s website at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com
Name of Product: Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders
Units: About 192,000
Manufacturer: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md.
Hazard: The black plastic disc (called the platen) that holds the sandpaper can fly off or break apart during use and the disc, or pieces of the disc, can hit the user or those nearby, posing a laceration hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Black & Decker has received 73 reports of incidents involving the sander's black plastic disc (platen) breaking or falling apart, including 15 reports of injuries from flying pieces, one of which involved a serious facial laceration.
Description: This recall involves Black & Decker random orbit sanders with model numbers RO400, RO400G, RO410, RO410K, RO410LW and FS3000ROS and date codes between 200701 and 200929. The sanders are orange and black. "Black & Decker" is printed on the sanders. The model number is printed on a label on the sander. The date code is stamped on the underside of the sander where the dust bag is inserted.
Sold at: Home center, hardware and discount stores and by authorized Black & Decker dealers nationwide from January 2007 through July 2009 for about $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sanders and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement platen to hold the sandpaper.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Black & Decker toll-free at (866) 220-1767 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.blackanddecker.com
If you have one of these units How2Fix.com would like to hear from you. We want to know how the recall process went and how easy it was to deal with Balck & Decker.
Call us for more details 215-609-4161.
Type of policy issued for homeowners:
More information to come - for now call us at 215-609-4161 and we will give you all the details you need…
So what is in it for us: When we complete our inspection of your home and policy, we may find a claim that you did not no was covered. We will give you the option to make a claim and get the repairs you may need. Our ultimate goal is to educate you of your rights and how your insurance works. When we are done you will have the right information to call us when you have a claim, 215-609-4161.
We will make an appointment to come out and review you claim and review your homeowners insurance policy. If your policy is in order and we determine your claim is coverable, we taken a few pictures, and complete some paperwork. Next, we schedule the adjuster to come out and estimate your claim. Once this is complete we work with the insurance company to get you the most available money for your damages. Now you can call your contractor, or prepare to complete the work yourself. Nothing binds you to who does your work, all we do is try and get you what your claim is worth, and we will continue to fight for your rights.
Call us at 215.609.4161 to help you get the repairs you need.
Brigade Hickory Handle Sledge Hammers Recalled by White Cap Construction Supply Due to Risk of InjuryWritten by Safety Team
Name of Product: Hickory handle sledge hammers
Units: About 15,000
Importer: White Cap Construction Supply Inc., of Costa Mesa, Calif.
Hazard: The head of the sledge hammer can loosen and detach, posing a risk of impact injury to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves Brigade sledge hammers with a hickory wood handle. There are 11 models included in this recall, ranging in size from 2 to 20 lbs. A green and white label with the word "Brigade" and the model name is affixed to the head of the sledge hammer, and "Genuine Hickory" is printed on the handle. Model and UPC information are printed on the label.
Model UPC Part Description
444BR10675 847044060535 8LB 36 double Face Sledge Hammer
444BR10677 847044060559 12LB 36 Double Face Sledge Hammer
444BR10685 847044060634 4LB 16 Engineers Hammer
444BR10678 847044060566 16LB 36 Double Face Sledge Hammer
444BR10679 847044060573 20LB 36 Double Face Sledge Hammer
444BR10688 847044060665 4LB 10-1/2 Drilling Hammer
444BR10687 847044060658 3LB 10-1/2 Drilling Hammer
444BR10674 847044060528 6LB 36 Double Face Sledge Hammer
444BR10676 847044060542 10LB 36 Double Face Sledge Hammer
444BR10686 847044060641 2LB 10-1/2 Drilling Hammer
444BR10684 847044060627 3LB 16 Engineers Hammer
Sold at: White Cap Construction Supply distributors nationwide from April 2009 through May 2010 for between $12 and $47.
Manufactured in: India
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sledge hammers and return the product to White Cap Construction Supply for a full refund or exchange.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact White Cap Construction Supply toll-free at (877) 281-4831 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.whitecap.com
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 it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.