Wire Feed Welders Recalled for Burn Risks

About 9,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Wire Feed Welders, which were manufactured in China and imported by Star Asia USA, LLC doing business as (DBA) Titan, of Kent, Washington have been recalled by Star Asia, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The CPSC notes that consumers should stop using recalled products immediately, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The wire welder’s torch does not have a cold contactor as erroneously stated on the packaging and instruction manual. Without this feature, the welder generates an electrical arc immediately upon contact with the welding material, posing a burn hazard to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recall involves the Vaper 90 amp flux wire feed welders with model number 41181. The wire welders are red and black. “Vaper” and “90 amp flux wire welder” can be found on the product’s operation panel. The model number can be found on the top right hand corner of the package and on the first page of the users manual.

The recalled Star Asia Wire Feed Welders were sold at Pep Boys, Auto Zone, and a variety of other auto parts and tool centers nationwide from October 2006 through March 2010 for about $170.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the wire welders and contact Star Asia to obtain a corrected instructions manual and packaging or for instructions on returning the product for a full refund. Star Asia Customer Service can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 386-0191 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Pacific Time.

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