Three CPSC Recalls Over Fire, Laceration, and Projectile Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just issued releases on <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">three recalls over varying hazards, including fire, laceration, and projectile.

The first recall involves about 900,000 Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers made by the Toro Company of Bloomington, Minnesota because the blower’s impeller—a rotating component on the blower—can break, resulting in plastic pieces flying out of the blower, posing a risk of serious injury to the user or bystanders.  Toro has received 162 reports of broken impellers, including 28 reports of minor cuts and bruises resulting from projected impeller pieces.

The recall involves Toro Power Sweep Electric Blower model 51586 manufactured between 2000 and 2002 with serial numbers ranging from 000055100 to 220255609.  There are two decals on the main housing of the blower:  “TORO Power Sweep” and a decal on the opposite side of the blower with the model and serial numbers.  The recalled units contain a black impeller fan, which can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit.

The recalled Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers, which were made in the U.S., were sold at Toro dealers and various mass retailers nationwide, including The Home Depot, Lowes, Target, and K-Mart stores from January 2000 through late December 2002 and retailed for about $32.  Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled Toro blowers immediately and contact Toro to receive a replacement blower:  Toll-free at (888) 279-3191 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, or at the firm’s Website at www.toro.com.  The Toro Company has notified registered owners directly.

The second recall involves about 1,900 Commercial Frozen Food Merchandisers made by Tyler Refrigeration, of Niles, Michigan..  The Tyler Refrigeration Commercial Frozen Food Merchandisers contain an incomplete/incorrect light bulb installation that can result in electrical arcing in the fixture, which can pose a fire hazard.  Tyler Refrigeration received one report of a fire, resulting in damage to the case and displayed product; to date, no injuries have been reported.  The recalled Tyler Vertical Multi-deck Frozen Food Merchandisers are typically used in grocery stores and other commercial settings and

This recall involves models D6F, D6FL, L6F, L6FL, N6F, and N6FL manufactured between 1995 and 2008.  Serial and model numbers are located on the label on the inside, upper-right front behind the lighting assembly. A complete list of serial numbers involved can be found at www.tylerrefrigeration.com.  The recalled Tyler Refrigeration Commercial Frozen Food Merchandisers were made in the U.S. and 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.

Owners of the recalled Merchandisers should immediately verify that light bulbs are fully and correctly installed and contact Tyler Refrigeration to schedule a free repair.  Tyler Refrigeration can be reached toll-free at (877) 574-0150 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Website.

The third recall is for about 1,200 Napoleon Propane Gas Fireplace Inserts manufactured by Wolf Steel USA of Crittenden, Kentucky because delayed ignition due to a build-up of propane gas can cause the insert’s glass cover to break, posing a laceration hazard.  Wolf Steel received one report of a consumer who suffered minor lacerations when the glass cover shattered.

The recall involves Napoleon propane GDI44 gas fireplace inserts with model number GDI44, which is located on the front cover of the operating instructions or on the rating label found behind the right-side panel adjacent to the insert’s viewing glass. The glass is 36” wide by 22” high. Napoleon natural gas GDI44 inserts are not affected by this recall.

The recalled Napoleon glass inserts were made in Canada and sold by authorized Napoleon fireplace hearth dealers nationwide from July 2002 through September 2008 for about $2,000.  Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the fireplace and contact Wolf Steel to receive a free repair kit.  Wolf Steel can be reached toll-free at (866) 539-2039 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Website at www.napoleonfireplaces.com.

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