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Jan 1, 2001
Summer 2001

In our "Year-end Roundup" Newsletter (December 2000 - January 2001), we gathered together many of the record number of products for which warnings or recalls were issued in 2000. Unfortunately, 2001 appears to be headed in much the same direction. For that reason, we are taking this opportunity to present a review of over 70 products which have already made the recall list for 2001. This does not include additional warnings and recalls involving prescription drugs, toxic chemicals, foods, pathogens and other dangerous substances which will be dealt within greater detail in later Newsletters.

If you or someone you know is in possession of one of the products discussed below, the best thing to do is stop using it immediately. This is especially true with any product on the list that is designed to be used by children. Once this has been done, you would following the instructions which may include: calling a specific Hotline; returning the product for repair or replacement; obtaining a refund or repair kit; discarding the product. In no event should you disregard the warnings simply because the product appears to be functioning properly or because it is new or unused.

Clearly, some of the products pose much greater risk than others. This is no reason, however, to take unnecessary chances with a potentially defective product. Even the least dangerous product is capable of inflicting a painful or otherwise serious injury.






What to Do


E-Class Sedans (11/96 - 2/97)

Mercedes Benz

airbags may inadvertently deploy

airbags can be replaced at dealer-ship at no charge


Jetta, Passat and Carbrio (1993-2000)


rear tire blow-out may puncture fuel tank

contact company for further details


Mitsubishi Galant & Eclipse and Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger

Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

loose parts on a joint in the front suspensions may cause vehicle to stall

contact company or dealership for details on free repair


Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Transport/Montana and Oldsmobile Silhouette Vans (1997 - 2001)

General Motors Corp.

door latch on power sliding doors could jam in the unlatch position

dealer will replace activator for free. For further details visit

Daimler Chrysler

Dodge Ram Pick-Up Trucks 1994 - 1999

Daimler Chrysler Corp.

if primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly

dealer will replace secondary hood latch


15-Passenger Vans


increased roll-over risk

for further information, call the Auto Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236


Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer

Ford Motor Co.

rear lift-gate glass may shatter or detach when shut

visit for more information



Kawasaki (KX) Model Nos. KX65, KX85, KX100, KX125, KX250 and KX500

Kawasaki Motors Corp.

rear brakes may fail causing a rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash

stop using motorcycle immediately. Call Kawasaki at 866-802-9381

Brunswick Mountain Bicycles

Mongoose S-20, MGSX-20, Roadmaster Ridge Rider

ByUs Int'l Co. Ltd.

front suspension forks can break apart causing riders to lose control and fall

stop using bikes immediately and call 877-211-3525

Children's Bicycles

16" Toker Blaster (Boys) and 16" Sunflower (Girls)

Seattle Bike Supply

children can lose control when a pedal strikes the ground causing falls and injuries

stop using bikes immediately and return them to store where purchased for free repair

Mountain Bike

Next Shockzone (20" one speed)

Dynacraft Industries

suspension forks may break

call company for free replacement 800-551-0032 or visit






What to Do

Chaise Lounge Chairs

Tropikai 935 and 935HYA, Cotillion 4032, Verrazano 4332, Seychelle 4432, Colony 4932 and Cayman 5932

Tropitone Furniture Co.

nylon ratchet supporting headrest can break causing headrest to collapse catching fingers or injuring back or head

call Tropitone toll free at 800-654-7000

Propane Cylinders

"AmeriGas" "Pre-filled Propane Xchange" "PPX"

AmeriGas Propane, L.P.

cylinders could be overfilled which can cause them to release flammable propane gas unexpectedly posing a risk of fires & explosion

do not use. Disconnect or transport cylinder

Outdoor Solar Lights

Endura "Contempra" solar light

Brinkmann Corporation

the beveled lens on the solar light can act as a magnifying glass. When sunlight passes through the lens, nearby combustible materials can catch on fire

call Brinkmann Recall Hotline at 800-675-5301. Stop using product immediately


"Made in China for Dura Kleen USA Inc."

DuraKleen (USA) Inc.

the electrical connections are loose posing shock and fire hazards

call the CPSC Hotline at 800-638-2772

Power Saw

12 inch miter saws DW704TY1 and DW705TY1

Dewalt Industrial Tool Co.

bolts on the saws can loosen and the blade could detach posing a risk of lacerations to consumers

stop using saw immediately

Power Saw

"Industry & Construction TM", 12" miter saws 3660TY1 and 3680TY1

Black & Decker (U.S) Inc.

bolts on the saw can loosen and the blade could detach posing a risk of lacerations to consumers

stop using saw immediately

Gun Lock

"Project Homesafe" (Made in China)

National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) by Adstar, Inc.

locks can open w/o the use of a key allowing for unauthorized access to a firearm

Gun Lock Hotline 800-726-6444


"Nature's Preserve (tm)" "Home Fragrance Filled" "Spring Hydrangea"

Xanadu Candle Co. (Guatemala)

candles burn with a high flame posing a fire and burn hazard

call the recall hotline at 800-395-1001

Gas Ranges

Magic Chef Maytag (CGS 1230, CGS 1740, CGS 3760, MGS 5770 and MGS 4870)

Maytag Corp.

Ventflue insulation can be out of position causing scorching or burning of the cabinetry around the range - fire hazard

call company recall hotline at 800-544-2538. Stop using broil and self-clean functions immediately

Gas Range

Dynasty (DGRSC and DGR(c))

Jade Products Inc.

igniters are too far from burners which can cause a delayed ignition of gas. Fire risk

stop using these ranges immediately

Lawnmower (power)

Ariens, Scotts, Husquarna (21" gas powered walk-behind models)

Ariens Co.

piece attaching the blade to the mower can break off. The broken piece or the blade can be propelled from underneath the mower causing injuries

call the Lawnmower Recall Hotline at 877-740-7060

Back Pack Blowers


Stihl, Inc.

fuel hose on the carburetor can be dislodged and leak fuel presenting fire and burn hazards

stop using product immediately and return to Stihl dealer where purchased for free repair

Propane Regulators

Hurricane "Model 6000"

Hurricane Products

regulators can leak propane which can result in a fire or explosion

call the Propane Regulator Hotline at 877-673-3278. Stop using product immediately


Remington Vortex Ultra (V-1030)

Remington Products

hairdryers are not equipped with an ALCI plug to cut-off electrical current in case of contact with water posing an electrocution hazard

call Hairdryer Recall Hotline at 800-992-9686. Stop using and return for full refund

Disposable Lighters

"Boda-Bing" "Gil", "Happy" and "Wax" (Made in China)

Gladstrong Investments USA

lighters have ineffective child proof mechanisms. Fire hazard

visit for more information. Stop using lighters

Rope and Cable Light Switches

"Westek" "Rope Lighting Kits" and "Power Cord Kits"

American Track & Hardware Co. Inc.

when plugged in, the recalled switch could allow the lights to remain energized even if not lit. Shock hazard

call manufacturer toll free at 800-777-0802. Do not install. Discontinue use.

Cable Light Switches

"Cable Lights Tm"


when plugged in, the recalled switch could allow the lights to remain energized even if not lit. Shock hazard.

call LightTech at 800-485-3080

Novelty Candles


Midwest of Cannon Falls Inc.

when candle burns, the wax can ignite the paint posing fire and burn hazards

call Candle Recall Hotline at 800-776-2075



Troy-Bilt and Garden Way by Troy-Bilt

Garden Way Inc.

trimmer heads can split and detach posing a serious injury risk to consumers

stop using trimmer/mowers immediately

Fax Machines

"Faxphone B640" (Serial #s UKK52923 - 55422, UKK60513 - 99999 and YKK02001- 20000)

Canon USA, Inc.

a component failure can cause the fax phone to catch fire

call Canon at 888-280-7858. Stop using product immediately

Glue Guns


Sears, Roebuck & Co.

glue guns can overheat posing burn and fire risks to consumers

call Adhesive Technologies at 800-458-3486

Disposable Lighter

"Youjue" (Made in China)

Fleetwood EXIM Inc.

child resistant mechanisms do not work - fire hazard

stop using the lighters immediately. Discard properly

Refillable Lighters

Electric ignition bearing names including Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, Las Vegas and USA

DFS Group Ltd. of San Francisco

the lighters do not have child proof mechanisms. Fire hazard

stop using the lighters immediately

Air conditioners

Frigidaire FAH906JST1, White Westinghouse WAH09EH2T1, WAH096H2T1, Kenmore 253.79093990and


White Consolidated Industries, Inc.

these air conditioners can short circuit posing a risk of fires and shock and burn injuries

stop using these units - call AC Recall Hotline at 866-897-5612






What to Do

Girls' Sweatshirts

"OP" Ocean Pacific (Long sleeve, hooded, sizes 2T-12)

Trends Clothing Corp.

children can get entangled in hood drawstrings that catch on objects presenting a potential strangulation hazard

call Trends Recall Hotline at 800-7-TRENDS

Ladies' Fleece Robes

"HANRO of Switzerland" (Sizes XS-L)

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