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December 20, 2016 | eAlert| Masterbuilt Recalls LP Gas Smokers Due To Fire Hazard

The recalled Masterbuilt 7-in-1 smoker comes in green or stainless steel with a Cabela’s logo, or black with Masterbuilt logo.  The three-piece cylindrical body design consists of a lid, center body, and base which sits on the LP gas burner stand.  It also has a porcelain flame disk bowl, water bowl, cooking grates, 10- quart pot and basket, thermometer, burner, a PVC hose and weighs about 32 pounds.  Approximately 41,000 units have been recalled.

Masterbuilt has received five reports of the PVC gas hose becoming disconnected during use, including one report of property damage from a fire.  There have been no reports of injuries.

This Butler recall presents a potential avenue of recovery about which subrogation professionals should be aware when evaluating fires in residential and commercial losses.

For more information: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Masterbuilt-Recalls-LP-Gas-Smokers

April 19, 2019 eAlertTekno Products Recalls Tuff Smoke-Less Grills Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

This recall involves the Tuff Smoke-Less Grill, a portable electric grill intended for use indoors. Tuff Smoke-Less Grill and TEK513 are printed on a label located underneath the handle.

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April 04, 2019 eAlertSpector & Co. Recalls Power Bank Chargers Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves the T119 Elf power bank chargers. The portable battery-powered chargers are used for charging the battery of a mobile phone or other electronic device.

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March 27, 2019 eAlertRechargeable Power Banks Recalled by Daniel M. Friedman & Associates Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves Universal Rechargeable Power Banks for use with smart phones and tablets. The recalled chargers came in a variety of colors and shapes, including a unicorn head, a cat with sunglasses, and a rainbow between two clouds.

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March 13, 2019 eAlertHP Expands Recall of Batteries for Notebook Computers and Mobile Workstations Due to Fire and Burn

The recall expansion involves lithium-ion batteries for HP commercial notebook computers and mobile workstations were sold to businesses and other organizations.

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December 13, 2018 eAlertWhite-Rodgers Recalls Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves Emerson branded SensiWiFi thermostats with “Emerson” printed on the front and a date code from 1416 to 1536 on the back.

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November 09, 2018 eAlertA. O. Smith Recalls Ultra-Low NOx Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

This recall includes 30, 40 and 50 gallon natural or propane gas-fired Ultra-Low NOx emission gas water heaters. 

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November 09, 2018 eAlertA. O. Smith Recalls 30-Gallon Gas Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Lowe's

This recall includes A. O. Smith 30-gallon natural gas water heaters with model number G6-UT3030NV and serial numbers with the first four digits of 1805 through 1809.

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October 12, 2018 eAlertBriggs & Stratton Recalls Portable Generator Fuel Tank Replacement Caps, Due to Fire Hazard

Briggs & Stratton recalls portable generator fuel tank replacement caps. The fuel tank replacement caps lack ventilation holes which allow pressure to build up in the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard.

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October 12, 2018 eAlertCooper Lighting Recalls Solar/Battery Powered Light Fixtures Due to Fire Hazard

Cooper Lighting recalls solar/battery powered light fixtures due to fire hazard.

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September 07, 2018 eAlertHawthorne Hydroponics Recalls Humidifiers Due to Fire and Shock Hazards

This recall involves Ideal-Air 175-pint industrial grade humidifiers. The recalled humidifiers are black and have the “Ideal-Air” logo printed near the bottom.

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September 07, 2018 eAlertToyota Issues Recall for Prius Hybrid Vehicle Due to Fire Risk

On September 5, 2018 Toyota issued a recall for its Prius hybrid vehicles manufactured between 2016 and 2018 due to a risk of fire.

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September 07, 2018 eAlertLester Electrical Recalls Links Series Chargers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

This recall involves Links Series chargers with model numbers 28080, 28090 or 28100. The chargers are used with golf carts. The recalled chargers are black or aluminum and measure approximately 11 inches long by 8 ¾ inches wide by 9 ½ inches tall.

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September 07, 2018 eAlertFord recalls 2 million F-150 trucks because of fire risk

This recall involves approximately 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America due to a seat belt mechanism malfunction that has started fires. 

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September 04, 2018 eAlertPetSmart Recalls Strip Lights for Reptile Cages Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves 20 inch and 30 inch All Living Things reptile strip light fixtures. These light fixtures simulate natural daylight and are attached to the top of the reptile’s terrarium. PetSmart has received reports of the hood on the recalled light fixtures igniting.

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June 06, 2018 eAlertKEYERA ENERGY RECALLS PROPANE GAS DUE TO FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARDS

The recalled propane gas does not contain sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers to a gas leak.

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May 31, 2018 eAlertSmart ForTwo Cabrio and Coupe Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

The recall involves rear insulation mats within the engine compartment that might deform, deteriorate and loosen over time that can come into contact with the hot exhaust system resulting in a fire.

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May 15, 2018 eAlertMichaels Recalls Halloween Candle Holders Due to Fire Hazards

This recall involves Michaels private brand Ashland 3-tier Haunted Townhouse candle holders. The candle holders were sold in black, measure about 20 inches tall and have two columns of three vertically stacked candle holders.

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May 10, 2018 eAlertALDI Recalls Deep Fryers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

ALDI Recalls Deep Fryers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards. The deep fryer heating element can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

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April 09, 2018 eAlertVORNADO AIR RECALLS ELECTRIC SPACE HEATERS

Vornado Air recalls electric space heaters due to fire and burns hazards. This recall involves Vornado VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters that have two heat settings (low and high) and a fan only/no heat setting. “Vornado” with a “V” behind it is printed on the front of the unit. Vornado has received 15 reports of the heaters catching on fire.

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April 09, 2018 eAlertMIZCO INTERNATIONAL RECALLS POWER BANK CHARGING STATIONS DUE TO FIRE HAZARDS

This recall involves the Re-fuel by Digipower Grab and Go Family Pack portable power bank charging stations. The power bank charger is a self-contained energy source used to charge cell phones and other devices when an electrical outlet is not available.

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February 16, 2018 eAlertRural King Recalls Electric Blankets and Throws Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

This recall involves Rural King’s electric heated blankets and throws. The 100% polyester blankets and throws were sold in cream and brown colors and in two sizes: 50 x 60 inches (smaller than a twin size) and 84 x 90 inches (queen size). 

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February 13, 2018 eAlertLenovo Recalls ThinkPad Laptops Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves 14 inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Generation laptops. They were sold in silver and black. Laptops manufacture dates from 16/12 through 17/10 (for December 2016 through October 2017) are included in the recall. The manufacturing date codes can be found on the bottom of the laptop. See serial numbers included in the recall on the CPC Website.

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February 09, 2018 eAlertFujitsu Recalls Battery Packs for Fujitsu Notebook Computers and Workstations Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

This recall involves Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs for Fujitsu notebook computers and workstations. The product and serial numbers are printed on a white sticker on the battery.  

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February 01, 2018 eAlertVornado Air Recalls Cribside Space Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

This recall involves Vornado Sunny CS (cribside) model EH1-0090 electric space heaters. The model/type “SUNNY CS EH1-0090” and serial number are printed on a silver decal on the bottom of the unit under the elastic cord wrap.

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January 05, 2018 eAlertHP Recalls Batteries for Notebook Computers and Mobile Workstations Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

This recall involves lithium-ion batteries for HP Notebook computers and mobile workstations.  The batteries were shipped with or sold as accessories for HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), HPx360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11, HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, and Studio G3) Mobile Workstations. The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation or for any of the products listed above.  

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December 29, 2017 eAlertWestern Gas Recalls to Inspect Propane Gas Due To Fire and Burn Hazards

The propane may not contain sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers to a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion and thermal burn hazards.

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December 11, 2017 eAlertWestinghouse Portable Generators Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves Westinghouse iGen2500 and iPro2500 portable inverter generators used to power appliances, cell phones or other electronic devices. 

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November 06, 2017 eAlertKidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers for failure to discharge and Nozzle detachment.

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October 23, 2017 eAlertBSH Home Appliances Expands Recall of Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

This recall expansion involves Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air and Thermador brand dishwashers sold in stainless steel, black, white and custom panel. BSH Home Appliances has received five reports of the power cords overheating and causing fires resulting in property damage.

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September 01, 2017 eAlertHURRICANE HARVEY: TIME REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the next few months, Butler will send you information that may be useful to your handling of Harvey claims.  We will make this information as easy to review as possible because your time is important.  

Speaking of “time,” Texas law requires insurers to obey specific time requirements in the handling of claims.  We have listed a few claims-handling time requirements below.  Note that the statutes often reference “days” and “business days.”  For clarity, we substituted “calendar days” for “days” in our discussion of statutory time periods.   Follow the hyperlink for the actual text of the statute.

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August 28, 2017 eAlertHurricane Harvey Claims

This week Hurricane Harvey struck Texas with Category 4 winds and unprecedented rain.  Harvey is the first major U.S. hurricane to make landfall in 12 years. Insurers will be working hard to investigate and settle property claims for their customers.

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August 03, 2017 eAlertFred's Recalls Charcoal Grills Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves Living Traditions mini barrel charcoal grills. The black steel grills measure about 18 inches by 15 inches by 18.5 inches. They have a black handle on the lid and one on each side and at the front a heat gauge and a silver latch. Model number SXB1501 and UPC code 00000 19877 are printed on the product’s packaging.  

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July 06, 2017 eAlertLumicentro Internacional with Home Depot Recalls Crystal Chandeliers Due to Fire Hazard

The recall involves Hampton Bay 3-Light Crystal Chandeliers and Home Decorators Collection 4-Light Crystal Chandeliers.

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May 26, 2017 eAlertCordless Electric Lawn Mowers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard; Made by Hongkong Sun Rise Trading

The CPSC has received 12 reported incidents with the recalled lawn mowers including 5 reports of fires. No injuries have been reported.

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May 22, 2017 eAlertNight Lights Recalled by AM Conservation Group Due to Fire Hazard

The CPSC has received 14 incidents of the night lights smoking or smoldering.  No injuries have been reported.

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April 21, 2017 eAlertFood Dehydrators Recalled by Greenfield World Trade Due to Fire Hazard

The CPSC has received 13 reports of the dehydrator overheating and the plastic unit melting, including six reports of fire and one report resulting in property damage to the counter top.

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March 03, 2017 eAlertPhilips Lighting Expands Recall of Metal Halide Lamps Due to Fire and Laceration Hazards

This expanded recall involves Philips Energy Advantage Ceramic Metal Halide Lamps model CDM330 manufactured from May 2011 through March 2014.

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January 11, 2017 eAlertMichaels Recalls Rock Salt Lamps Due to Shock and Fire Hazards

This recall involves three rock salt lamps sold under the Lumière brand. The lamps are pink in color and are mounted on a wooden base or in a black metal basket. Approximately 80,000 units have been recalled.

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November 03, 2016 eAlertDehumidifiers Made by Midea Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards; $4.8 Million in Property Damage Reported

The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards.

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September 16, 2016 eAlertGE Appliances Recalls Top-Loading Washers Due to Fire Hazard

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled washers and contact GE Appliances for a free repair.

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September 07, 2016 eAlertSamsung Recalls Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Due to Fire Hazard

Fires have reportedly occurred while the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handset is charging, as well as explosions.

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August 25, 2016 eAlertWhirlpool Recalls Microwaves Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves Whirlpool brand microwave hood combinations. The microwave ovens were sold in stainless steel, black and white.

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May 26, 2016 eAlertWater Heating Technologies Recalls Gas Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

Flammable vapors can gather inside the water heater's combustion chamber, posing a risk of fire or explosion.

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April 01, 2016 eAlertCE North America Expands Recall of Fan Heaters Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at H-E-B

The fan heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

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March 31, 2016 eAlertToshiba Recalls Laptop Computer Battery Packs Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

The lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

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February 08, 2016 eAlertMicrosoft Recalls AC Power Cords for Surface Pro Devices Due to Fire, Shock Hazards

 Microsoft Recalls AC Power Cords for Surface Pro Devices Due to Fire, Shock Hazards

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February 08, 2016 eAlertCE North America Recalls Fan Heaters Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond

The fan heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

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March 19, 2015 eAlertCreaMiser Refrigerated Creamer Dispensers Recalled by WhiteWave Due to Fire Hazard

Owners should immediately unplug the recalled creamer dispensers.

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January 09, 2015 eAlertCoScentrix Expands Recall of DD Brand Candles Due to Fire Hazard

The candle's high flame can ignite the surface of the wax, posing a fire hazard. 

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December 11, 2014 eAlertLenovo Recalls Computer Power Cords Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The AC power cord can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. 

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November 17, 2014 eAlertVenmar Ventilation Expands Recall of Air Exchangers Due to Fire Hazard

This recall presents a potential avenue of recovery about which subrogation professionals should be aware.

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November 17, 2014 eAlertDaesung Celtic Enersys Recalls Tankless Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

Brand names and model numbers can be located on the unit's rating plate or imprinted on the side of the unit.

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November 17, 2014 eAlertDaikin Recalls Air Purifiers Due to Fire Hazard

The air purifier's circuit board can overheat and cause the air purifier to catch on fire.

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September 02, 2014 eAlertHewlett-Packard and Compaq Recall Notebook Computer AC Power Cords Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The AC power cord can overheat and melt, posing a potential fire and burn hazard.

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May 15, 2014 eAlertGree Reannounces Recall of Dehumidifiers Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards; More Fires and Property Damage Reported

The involved dehumidifiers were sold nationwide in stores and online from January 2005 through August 2013.

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April 29, 2014 eAlertGE Brand Dehumidifiers by Midea Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

A component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing a fire hazard.

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April 29, 2014 eAlertDGL Group Recalls Vibe USB Mobile Power Bars Due to Fire Hazard

DGL Group has received six reports of incidents involving melted parts, smoking, leaking batteries and fire resulting in reports of bursting power bars and minor property damage. 

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March 26, 2014 eAlertLenovo Recalls Battery Packs for Thinkpad Notebook Computers Due to Fire Hazard

The black battery packs measure between 8 to 11 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide and about 1 inch high.

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February 25, 2014 eAlertGenie Recalls Garage Door Openers Due to Fire Hazard

The control board in the garage door openers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

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July 25, 2013 eAlertHome Depot Recalls Soleil Portable Fan Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

More than $2 million in property damage has been reported. 

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May 02, 2013 eAlertLEM Products Distribution Recalls 5-Tray Food Dehydrators Due to Fire Hazard

The involved 5-tray food dehydrators were sold nationwide from August 2010 through February 2013.

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March 26, 2013 eAlert3M Recalls Filtrete Room Air Purifiers Due to Fire Hazards

 The ion generator in the air purifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

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March 19, 2013 eAlertLED Light Bulbs Recalled by Lighting Science Group Due to Fire Hazard

More than a half a million energy-saving LED light bulbs are being recalled after failure reports involving fire, smoke, and lighting-fixture damage according to the CPSC. 

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November 09, 2012 eAlertChampion Power Equipment Recalls Portable Generators Due to Fire Hazard

The recall involves two models of Champion Power Equipment portable generators with model numbers 41332 and 41532.

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August 09, 2012 eAlertGE Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a fire hazards.

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August 03, 2012 eAlertSears Recalls Kenmore Dehumidifiers Due to Burn Hazards

This recall involves 35-, 50-, and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front of the unit, manufactured between 2003 and 2005. 

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June 21, 2012 eAlertFlushmate Recalls Flushmate III Pressure Assisted Flushing System Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards

The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure.

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April 10, 2012 eAlertViking Range Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

Viking Range Corporation has announced a voluntary recall involving approximately 2,000 Viking dishwashers due to overheating. 

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February 24, 2012 eAlertMeijer Recalls Touch Point Fan Heaters

The air heater's exposed and unshielded electrical components can cause the unit to overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard. 

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February 02, 2012 eAlertHewlett-Packard Recalls Fax Machines Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

This recall involves HP Fax 1040 and 1050 models that were sold from November 2004 through December 2011.

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September 15, 2011 eAlertLG Electronics Dehumidifier Recall

The power connector for the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and their property.  

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August 15, 2011 eAlertTelstar Recalls Energy Saving Light Bulb

The bulbs were sold in two styles: spiral and the "3-Us" shape. The Telstar bulbs were sold in 20 and 23 watts with model number LB-1020 and LB-1023 printed on the packaging. 

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