Recalls and Product Safety News

Help keep you and your family safe by keeping track of product recalls and safety news announced by CPSC. 

RECALLS:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products. You can find information on over 4,000 product recalls using the various searches on the CPSC webpage by clicking on the link below.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html

This third party site offers the CPSC list in a very comprehensive layout and we find it much easier to look for specific household items than the CPSC page.

http://recalls.justia.com/category-cat_household.htm

BELOW ARE SPECIFIC LINKS THAT MAY BE REFERENCED IN YOUR HOME INSPECTION REPORT:

Smoke Alarms

The Impact of Smoke Alarms

In the 1960's, the average U. S. citizen had never heard of a smoke alarm. By 1995, an estimated 93 percent of all American homes - single - and multi- family, apartments, nursing homes, dormitories, etc. - were equipped with alarms. By the mid 1980's, smoke alarm laws, requiring that alarms be placed in all new and existing residences.

Click on the link below to view the current Oregon Smoke Alarm Law.

Oregon Smoke Alarm Law Information.pdf

Recalled Smoke Detectors/Alarms

http://recalls.justia.com/cpsc-category-smoke_detectors_alarms_1.html

Recalled Carbon Monoxide Detectors

http://recalls.justia.com/cpsc-category-carbon_monoxide_detectors_1.html

Federal Pacific Electrical Panels

Click on the links below for more information on Federal Pacific Electrical Panels

Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Electrical Hazards Website

http://www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm#SUMMARY

Federal Pacific Electrical Circuit Breakers

http://www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/CPSCsummary.htm

Federal Pioneer / Federal Pacific Circuit Breaker and Electric Panel Inspection Report Language

http://www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/fpereport.htm

Commission Closes Investigation Of FPE Circuit Breakers And Provides Safety Information For Consumers

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml83/83008.html

Cadet Heaters

If you have one of these recalled Cadet heaters, you should replace it immediately for the safety of your family and home.

FX, RX LX, RLX TK, RK ZA, RA, Z, ZC FW, RW

In 2000, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Cadet issued a safety recall on certain models of Cadet in-wall heaters. The two-year safety recall program is now over (as of February 17, 2002) but thousands of the heaters remain in homes, risking home damage, injury and death from the fires that may result from overheating. The grills and heaters may also become energized, risking electric shock. Even though the recall program itself is over, you should replace any recalled Cadet heater immediately. Even if you had a heater repaired under the 1997 recall, you should get your heater replaced immediately.

If you think you might have a recalled heater in your home, you need to check the model number. All Cadet heaters with these model numbers, FW, FX, LX, TK, ZA, Z, RA, RK, RLX, RW, RX, and ZC were subject to the recall.

If your unit matches one of these, you need to have it replaced.

Cadet says, since the recall period is over, they cannot provide any assistance in replacing the heaters.

If you suspect that you may have a Cadet heater installed in your home, check the Cadet web site for more information on what to do:

http://www.cadetco.com/recall_program.php, or visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission link below.

CPSC Reminds Consumers to Check for Recalled Cadet In-Wall Heaters

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03030.html

As of November 2002, the CPSC had received more than 320 reports of incidents with these heaters, which "allegedly resulted in four deaths, two serious burn injuries and property damage exceeding $4.3 million, which includes six partial or total house fires." (source)

Where these heaters were installed: "These heaters have been installed in homes from 1985 through 1992 in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Fewer than one percent were distributed nationwide under the name Encore through the following retailers: Menards, Home Base, Builders Square, Ace Hardware and Fred Meyer for about $100 to $200." (From the original official announcement of the recall.)