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Majestic Vermont Fireplace Remote Receivers Recalled

Majestic Vermont Fireplace Remote Receivers Recalled...

April 28, 2004
Majestic Vermont Castings is recalling about 4,300 fireplace remote receivers. The circuit board can overheat and catch fire, posing a burn and fire hazard.

The company has received four reports of the remote receivers catching fire and causing minor property damage.

Majestic Vermont Castings fireplace remote receivers were sold with the HES40R and HES40 electric fireplaces/stoves and sold as accessory items for CFM DEF33/36, DEF36S2, Addision, DEF26, and HE32EF electric fireplaces and stoves. The recalled remote receivers have the words Majestic Vermont Castings on a label affixed to the face of the receiver. Model number ERX15 B can be found on the CSA approval sticker on the back of the remote receiver.

Fireplace retailers sold these remote receivers nationwide from November 2001 to February 2004 for about $70.

Consumers who purchased an ERC1 remote receiver as an accessory to their fireplace should immediately unplug it and contact CFM Corporation for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: Call CFM Corporation toll-free at (866) 757-6649 between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at www.cfmcorp.com

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

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Shindaiwa Recalls Hedge Trimmers

Shindaiwa is recalling about 15,000 gasoline-powered professional hedge trimmers. The mufflers retaining bolts can allow the muffler to come loose from the...

April 15, 2004
Shindaiwa is recalling about 15,000 gasoline-powered professional hedge trimmers. The mufflers retaining bolts can allow the muffler to come loose from the engine while the hedge trimmer is in operation. A loose muffler can contact and damage the fuel tank creating a fire hazard.

More than 59,000 Shindaiwa hedge trimmers were recalled in October 2003 because of a leaking fuel cap.

Shindaiwa has received 26 reports of mufflers coming loose and damaging the fuel tank, and one report of a fire that resulted in the operator suffering minor burns.

The 30-inch and 40-inch hedge trimmers have red engine covers, a red fuel cap and a label on the recoil starter that reads Professional Shindaiwa. The recall includes all double-sided professional hedge trimmer models DH 231 and HT 231 with serial numbers up to 110000. The serial numbers are printed on a nameplate on the engine cover.

The hedge trimmers were sold by Shindaiwa dealers nationwide from January 2001 through November 2003 for between $369 and $450.

Consumers should stop using these hedge trimmers and return them to an authorized Shindaiwa dealer to have the muffler bolts replaced free of charge.

Consumer Contact: Shindaiwa toll-free at (800) 521-7733 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

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

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Tek Nek Ride-On Toy Trucks Recalled

Tek Nek Ride-On Toy Trucks Recalled...

April 14, 2004
Tek Nek Toys International is recalling about 70,000 ride-on toy trucks for repair. The screw and nut assembly attaching the steering wheel can come loose, posing a choking and aspiration hazard to young children.

Tek Nek Toys has received six reports of the screw and nut coming loose, including the death of an 18-month-old boy who aspirated a screw.

The ride-on toys were sold under five model names including Butterfly Girl, Fire Rescue, Mermaid, Police Car and Tonka Construction Crew. The toys can be used as a ride-on or push walker toy, with a handle on the back of the seat rest. These toys were sold for children age 1 to 3 years old.

On the dash of the ride-on toys are buttons which produce sounds when activated. The recalled Ride-on vehicles have a date code from 20021127 to 20030319. The date code is located in the battery compartment located on the top panel next to the steering wheel.

Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Kmart, Meijer and Shopko sold the ride-on toys nationwide from December 2002 through March 2004 for about $30.

Consumers should take these recalled ride-on toy vehicles away from young children immediately and contact Tek Nek Toys for free replacement parts. For more information, contact Tek Nek toys at (888) 661-0222 anytime or visit Tek Neks website at www.teknektoys.com

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

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Ford Recalls Escape

Ford Recalls Escape...

April 13, 2004
Ford is recalling 363,440 Escape compact sport utility vehicles from model years 2001-2003 because the engine may stall at certain speeds.

Ford said some Escapes with a 3-liter, V-6 engine may experience an intermittent stall when decelerating at speeds below 40 mph. In most cases, the automaker said, the driver is able to restart immediately.

The problem comes as no surprise to consumers, who have been complaining about the problem for more than a year.

"I wound up on someone's lawn because of losing control of the vehicle," said Lynne of Austell GA. Her Escape stalled as she was going downhill and the failure of power brakes and steering caused her to lose control.

Ford said it has identified eight minor accidents that may have occurred because of the engine condition, three of which involved minor injuries.

Customers will be notified of the safety recall by mail, or they can call their dealer or Ford's toll-free hot line (800-392-3673) for more information

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

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Sauder TV/VCR Carts Recalled

Sauder TV/VCR Carts Recalled...

April 5, 2004
Sauder Woodworking Co. is voluntarily recalling about 592,000 TV/VCR carts. The carts can tip over and injure or kill children and adults when the cart and the television fall on them.

Sauder TV CartSauder Woodworking has received 13 reports of these carts tipping over. The firm received a report of the death of a 19-month-old girl in North Wales, Pa., who suffered a fractured skull when the cart and television fell on her.

There were four reports of additional injuries involving children and adults. One report involved a skull fracture to a child who recovered and three reports involved bumps and bruises.

These TV/VCR carts were sold in a kit to be assembled by consumers. They are identical in design and construction, but not color. One model is a light-colored oak finish and the other model is a dark- colored cherry finish. The TV/VCR carts are about 29.5-inches wide, 18- inches deep and 27-inches high.

The carts are equipped with a top shelf intended to support up to a 27-inch television, a middle shelf intended to hold a VCR and a lower storage area intended to hold VCR tapes and equipment. The products were provided with shelves for holding VHS tapes that were to be installed on the inside of the two hinged doors enclosing the lower storage area. The recalled carts have four removable casters attached to each bottom corner of the cart. The TV/VCR carts included in the recall are models 2655 and 2755. The model number is not on the cart, but it is on the instruction booklet that came with the cart.

Department, discount and home electronic stores nationwide sold these TV/VCR carts from January 1993 through December 1999 for about $100.

Consumers should stop using the TV/VCR carts immediately and do the following:

  • Remove the television and all the contents from these carts.
  • Turn the cart over and remove the four casters from the bottom of the cart. This will improve the stability of the carts.
  • Contact Sauder Woodworking Co. to receive a free repair kit that will further reduce the potential for the cart and television to tip. Do not use the cart until the repair kit has been installed.
  • This cart is intended to hold a TV that weighs 95 pounds or less. This includes most 24-inch and smaller TVs, and may include some 27-inch TVs.

For more information and to order the free repair kit, consumers should contact Sauder Woodworking Co. toll-free at (888) 800-4590 anytime, or visit the firms web site at www.sauder.com

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

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