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Vector Power Inverters Recalled

Vector Power Inverters Recalled...

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2002 -- Vector Manufacturing Ltd. is voluntarily recalling about 1,600 power inverters with ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) outlets..

Power inverters convert DC voltage to AC voltage to allow the operation of household products using battery power. The GFCIs on the inverters, which are intended to protect consumers against shock and electrocution, could fail to operate correctly.

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Vector Manufacturing has not received any reports of injuries or incidents associated with these power inverters. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The recalled power inverters have a red, yellow or black rectangular- shaped body with white or gray electrical outlets on the side, next to the volt and amp meters. The outlets on the recalled inverters have "TEST" and "RESET" buttons. They include the following model numbers and names, located on a label on the top of the power inverters:

Model NumbersModel Names
VEC049GFMAXX Series 1000 Watt Power Inverter
VEC049GMMAXX Series 1000 Watt Power Inverter for Marine applications
VEC050GFMAXX Series 1500 Watt Power Inverter
VEC050GMMAXX Series 1500 Watt Power Inverter for Marine Applications
VEC051GMMAXX Series 3000 Watt Power Inverter for Marine applications
VEC049GFForce Series 1000 Watt Power Inverter
VEC050GPower Force Series 1500 Watt Power Inverter
VEC049GPower Force Series 1000 Watt Power Inverter

Automotive and marine stores nationwide, and mail-order catalogs sold these inverters from November 1999 through November 2001 for between $365 and $900.

Consumers should stop using the recalled power inverters immediately, disconnect them, and contact Vector Manufacturing to receive a free inspection. If needed, Vector Manufacturing will replace the GFCI outlet. Consumers participating in the recall program also will receive an extended warranty and an additional free gift when they send the units in for the free inspection. For more information, contact Vector Manufacturing toll-free at (866) 584-5504 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Power inverters with black electrical outlets are not included in the recall.

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Whirlpool, Kenmore, ComfortAire Dehumidifiers Recalled

Whirlpool, Kenmore, ComfortAire

Whirlpool, Kenmore, ComfortAire Dehumidifiers Recalled...

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2002 -- Whirlpool Corp. is voluntarily recalling about 1.4 million dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Whirlpool has received 13 reports of the dehumidifiers overheating and causing fires, three of which resulted in extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

dehumidifier

The recalled dehumidifiers were sold under the Whirlpool, Kenmore and ComfortAire brand names. The dehumidifiers are white plastic, about 2-feet high and have a front-mounted water bucket. They have serial numbers that begin with QG, QH, QJ, QK or QL. The serial number can be found on a label located on the wall behind the water bucket.

Department and appliance stores nationwide sold the dehumidifiers from February 1997 through December 2001 for between $130 and $260. Consumers should stop using these dehumidifiers and unplug them immediately. Contact Whirlpool to arrange for a free repair at (866) 640-7139 anytime or visit the firm's web site at www.repair.whirlpool.com.

Dehumidifiers with water buckets located in back are not involved in the recall.

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Black Cat Power Washers Recalled

MCM International imported the pressure washers from a manufacturer in China who installed counterfeit GFCI plugs on some of the units, without MCM's appro...

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2002 -- MCM International of Eden Prairie, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 50,000 Black Cat electric pressure washers. MCM International imported the pressure washers from a manufacturer in China who installed counterfeit ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plugs on some of the units, without MCM's approval.

All of the plugs are labeled "WELLONG"; however, the pressure washers with counterfeit "WELLONG" GFCI plugs appear virtually identical to those with genuine "WELLONG" GFCIs. It will require a professional inspection to identify the counterfeit GFCIs. GFCIs are important safety devices that are intended to protect consumers against shock or electrocution.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

CPSC and MCM International have not received any reports of incidents in which the GFCI plugs failed to operate. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The recalled Black Cat pressure washers have a sticker with a cat and the words "Black-Cat" on each side of the unit. The model numbers - either BC-2000 or TW-1750 - can be found on a label on the right side of the power station. The label also reads in part, "Made in China," "High Pressure Cleaning Machines," and the "Production Date" (which should fall between March 2001 and July 2001). The GFCI plugs have a green "Reset" button and a blue "Test" button - some plugs also have a label that reads "CONNECT TO INDIVIDUAL BRANCH CIRCUIT ONLY." On the back of the GFCI plug near the electrical prongs are the words "WELLONG" and "Rainproof."

Target and Menard's stores nationwide sold these pressure washers from August 2001 to September 2001 for between $85 and $100.

Consumers should stop using these pressure washers and call MCM International at (800) 304-1316 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday to arrange to have their unit inspected. If necessary, MCM International will replace the installed GFCI plug with a genuine WELLONG GFCI plug.

CPSC reminds consumers that any electrical product that is used near water should contain a GFCI, in the plug or outlet. Prior to the implementation of the voluntary standard calling for the inclusion of GFCI plugs with high-pressure cleaning machines, there were several electrocution deaths and injuries. These incidents did not involve the Black Cat pressure washer.

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Ross Root Feeders Recall

Easy Gardener Inc. is recalling about 345,000 Ross Root Feeders to replace their mixing chamber caps. The mixing chamber caps on these feeders can detach d...

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2002 -- Easy Gardener Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 345,000 Ross Root Feeders to replace their mixing chamber caps. The root feeder is a device used to distribute food, water and insecticide to the roots of trees and shrubs. The mixing chamber caps on these feeders can detach during use and strike nearby consumers, resulting in injuries.

Easy Gardener has received one report of a woman who received dental and other mouth injuries when struck by a cap from one of these root feeders.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The root feeders are about 30-inches tall, have a green hose connection and plastic yellow handles. "ROSS" and "MODEL 1200C" are imprinted on the side of the root feeder. The recall includes model 1200C Ross Root Feeders with "24207" or "24208" imprinted on the top of the clear, plastic chamber caps. Ross Root Feeders with the number "24208-A" caps are not part of the recall.

Home and garden centers and hardware stores sold these feeders from October 1994 through January 2002 for about $33.

Consumers should stop using the recalled feeders immediately, dispose of the mixing chamber cap, and contact Easy Gardener to receive a free replacement cap. For more information, contact Easy Gardener at (800) 621-4769 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their recall web site at www.rosscap.com.

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