Product Recalls Update: Products with Fire/Burn Hazards

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A review of the Consumer Product Safety Commission product recall lists shows a very large number of product recalls over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, serious safety-related recalls have become commonplace in our society. An informed consumer is a safe consumer. The following are some of the significant recalls regarding products with Fire/Burn Hazards:

1) Toy trucks sold at Kohl's recalled because of fire hazard: A toy truck that came as a gift with the purchase of a t-shirt has been recalled due to the possibility that the battery compartment could catch fire. Big Movers Super Car toy trucks, sold exclusively at Kohl's, were gifts with the purchase of Big Movers T-Shirts. The 4-inch long blue trucks have oversized tires and a flashing light on top and were sold with a yellow, red, and blue logo on the hood. The navy t-shirts were sold in boys' sizes S, M, and L. Consumers should immediately take the toy trucks from children and remove the battery. Consumers can contact Happy Shirts for instructions on returning the truck for a refund.

2) Husqvarna recalls grass and hedge trimmers due to fire hazard: About 19,500 grass trimmers and 6,500 hedge trimmers have been recalled by Husqvarna Professional Products Inc., of Charlotte, N.C. Fuel can leak from the rubber spacer holding the fuel lines in the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard. Husqvarna has received seven reports of fuel leaking. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves the Husqvarna Grass Trimmer Model 122C with serial numbers that range from 2011 17 00001 to 2011 52 99999. "Husqvarna" and the model number are written on the top of the tool. The serial number is located on the black plate on the bottom of the muffler side of the tool. The recalled Husqvarna Hedge Trimmers are Models 122HD60 and 122HD45 with serial numbers that range from 2011 17 00001 to 2011 52 99999. "Husqvarna" and the model number are written on the top of the tool. The serial number is located on a black plate on the gear box, which is on the lower portion of the tool. The trimmers were sold at Lowes, Sears and Husqvarna dealers and distributors nationwide for $150 and $320 from May 2011 to January 2012. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the place of purchase for a free repair.

3) STOK Gas Grills recalled by One World Technologies due to fire and burn hazards: One World Technologies Inc. of Anderson, S.C., has recalled their gas grills. This includes about 87,600 in the U.S. and some 1,400 in Canada. The regulator on the grill can leak propane gas, which can ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. The firm is aware of 569 reports of regulators leaking propane gas. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves STOK Island and STOK Quattro gas grills. The STOK Island has a round grill base and two burners. "STOK" is written on the grill cover and a label on the bottom of the grill stand. The STOK Quattro gas grill is a rectangular, four-burner grill. "STOK" is printed on the grill's lid. To identify whether a specific Island or Quattro grill is included in this recall, you will need to look at the grill's regulator. The recalled grills have regulators on them with the model number "AZF" on the front and a date code between 1046 and 1143 on the back of the regulator. The grills were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and in Canada and Direct Tools Factory Outlet stores nationwide from March 2011 through February 2012 for between $79 and $350. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills and contact One World Technologies for a free replacement gas regulator for the grill.

Benny Agosto, Jr. is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, Texas. For over 65 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to obtain just compensation their clients. For more information, please contact the office of Benny Agosto, Jr. at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, by letter 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002, or by phone (713) 222-7211.

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