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Three CPSC Recalls: Wire Splices, Bicycle Forks, and Ventilators

Aug 22, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in collaboration with the firms named below, has issued three separate recalls.

About 53,000 Electrical Wire Splices—known as Butt Splice Connectors—manufactured by Molex of Lisle, Illinois were recalled because the splice can fail to appropriately hold the wires together, posing a shock and fire hazard. Gardner Bender received one report of a recalled butt splice failing to hold wires together.  The splices are used to connect wires to one another and generally for wiring small electrical appliances.  The splices are yellow insulated vinyl and measure about one inch long and ¼ inch wide and were intended for use with 12-10 AWG wire. 12-10 is stamped on the side of the splices; model numbers 10-126, or 21-126, and Gardner Bender are printed on the packaging.  The splices were sold in packages of eight or 50 for $1-$5 at electrical distributors, hardware stores, and home centers nationwide June 2005-April 2008.  The splices were made in the U.S.  Consumers should immediately stop using products containing the recalled splices and contact the firm for free replacement splices at 800-624-4320 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or

About 5,800 Wolf SL Carbon Fiber Bicycle Forks, manufactured in China and imported by Cervélo SA, of Switzerland for True Temper Composite Material Products Co. Ltd, of Guangzhou, China have been recalled because the fork’s steerer can break, causing the rider to lose control, fall, and suffer serious injuries.  Cervelo has received 12 such reports of forks damage; one person suffered a broken wrist and another minor abrasions.  The forks—which retailed for about $475—have a clear coating over black painted carbon fiber, with “Wolf Superlite” and related logo just below the crown on each fork leg, and the letters “SL” on each leg above the fork blade dropouts.  The True Temper CRT™ logo is on the inside of both legs. The recalled forks could have been included on the following bicycle models: R3, R3 SL, Soloist Carbon, Soloist Carbon SL, and certain P3 Carbon framesets and complete bicycles and were sold by independent bicycle retailers nationwide November 2005-July 2007.  Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled forks and contact their authorized Cervélo dealer for a free replacement fork installation.  Consumers can reach Cervélo toll-free at 866-296-3137 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET Monday-Friday, or at

About 3,400 Light Commercial Heat Recovery Ventilators, manufactured by Venmar CES Inc., of Saskatoon, Canada were recalled as these units’ motors can overheat, posing a fire hazard.  Venmar received three reports of ventilator motors overheating, resulting in fires which caused property damage.  The ventilators are designed to exchange air between the inside and outside of a building or home in order to provide fresh air. The recall includes:  Flair:  150/300 Compact, 300/600 Compact; Venmar:  6LC, HRV600i, 12LC, HRV1200i; PrepAir:  PrepAir600i, PrepAir1200i; VanEE: 6LC, 12LC; Carrier: 62AA-064---101XX, 62AA-127---101XX; York: VIXRDXXA01; Heil:  VRC 300 Compact, VRC 600 Compact; Aston: HRV600i, HRV1200i; Broan:  HRV650, HRVl150; and Venmate: 600H, 1200H.  The model number’s "X" can be a letter or number and appears on a silver or black label on the outside panel.  The ventilators were sold by heating, plumbing, and building supply distributors nationwide January 1991-July 2007 and retailed for $1,700-$2,000.  Consumers are advised to immediately turn off the ventilator, disconnect it from the power supply, and contact Venmar to schedule a technician to install a free repair at 866-698-6283 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. ET Monday-Sunday or at

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