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Oxygen tanks recalled due to fire hazard

An oxygen concentrator used to supply supplemental oxygen to patients in their homes is being recalled by the manufacturer because of a defect that may cause the device to catch on fire. The Class 1 recall involves Mark 5 Nuvo, Nuvo 8, and Nuvo Lite oxygen concentrators made by Nidek Medical Products with the serial numbers 042-10000 through 102-09335. Class 1 recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious health consequences or death. The defect involves a failure of the capacitor, or ... Read More

Car door fire probe includes 1.4 million Toyota cars and SUVs

Federal safety regulators have expanded a probe of the power window switches in certain Toyota vehicles that could result in fire and other “thermal” hazards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says on its website that it has added about 600,000 Toyota Camry, Highlander, and Yaris vehicles from the 2007, 2008, and 2009 model years to the investigation, which now encompasses more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) says that the master power window door switch in the affected vehicles could be to blame for reports it has received about fires erupting inside ... Read More

BMW recalls 1.3 million cars worldwide for battery cable problem that could lead to fire

BMW has announced a recall of about 1.3 million cars worldwide for a problem with a battery cable cover in the trunk, which may have been improperly installed. The recall affects 5-series and 6-series BMWs in the United States, which includes about 367,000 vehicles. BMW says the faulty cable cover may chafe the battery cable, which could lead to electrical problems and possibly result in fire. ... Read More

Second announcement recalling gas furnaces used in manufactured homes

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Unitary Products Group (UPG), a division of York International Corp., is re-issuing a recall announcement on Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T Gas Furnaces for manufactured homes. These furnaces were previously recalled in 2004, but due to continued reports of incidents including extensive property damage since the initial recall, the manufacturer is re-issuing the recall. These units pose a fire hazard. ... Read More

Carruth tea light candles recalled due to fire hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with DD Traders Inc., dba Demdaco of Leawood, Kansas, has announced the recall of tea lights included in Carruth Candleholder Collection sets. The tea light can burn with excessive flame height, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The manufacturer has a report of one fire resulting from this product, which caused minor property damage. There have been no reports of injury. ... Read More

Hamilton Beach toasters recalled for fire hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., is recalling about 14,000 Hamiton Beach classic chrome 2-slice toasters. The manufacturer reports the toaster heating element may become energized when the toaster is plugged in, despite the toast lifter being in an up, or off, position. This could potentially pose a fire hazard. ... Read More

SONY notifies customers its Bravia flat-screen TV poses fire risk

SONY Corp. notified customers Oct. 12 that several models of its 40-inch Bravia LCD HDTV may overheat and catch fire. Currently, reports of problems are limited to Japan, and no injuries or property damage outside of the television itself have been reported. However, the company is asking all consumers who purchased affected models to contact the company to schedule a service evaluation. It is estimated this alert includes 1.6 million television sets worldwide. ... Read More

Kuuma grills recalled after 3 reports of leaking fuel and burn injuries

The U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of about 4,600 portable grills manufactured by Eastwind Industries of San Leandro, California under the name Kuuma because of a defect that poses a fire hazard. Sold exclusively at West Marine stores, the Kuuma IR Stow and Go barbecue grills can be used easily onboard a boat because of their relatively small size and portability. The CPSC says that if the propane tank isn’t threaded completely to the grill, fuel can leak out and catch fire. Eastwind Industries has received three reports of fires caused by the defective grills, resulting ... Read More

Home improvement books recalled for incorrect electrical wiring info

While most safety recalls involve products with defects that may cause direct physical harm to consumers, this week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of books that give bad advice and may cause consumers to hurt themselves. The CPSC says that nearly a million home improvement books of various titles published by Oxmoor House of Birmingham, Alabama, contain faulty instructions for electrical wiring. Technical diagrams and wiring instructions in the books could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing risk of electrical shock and fire hazard to consumers. Although no injuries have been reported ... Read More