A line of snow throwers with the potential for leaking fuel are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include computers with batteries that can overheat and fireworks.
Here’s a more detailed look:
DETAILS: All Power brand single stage snow throwers. The snow throwers are black and yellow and have a red cap on the gas tank. The model number is SB044P which is printed on a yellow and black sticker located on the top of the unit with the phrase “20 Inch Clearing Width.” They were sold at Menards Stores and independent hardware retailers from September 2012 through December 2013.
WHY: Exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: 58 reports of carburetor leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 10,000.
FOR MORE: Call All Power America at 888-896-6881 or visit http://www.allpoweramerica.com/ and click on Safety Recall for more recall information.
DETAILS: Sony’s VAIO Flip PC laptops with model number (product name) SVF11N13CXS. The computers were sold in three colours silver, black and pink. They have a Panasonic-manufactured lithium-ion battery and a folding touch screen that measures about 11.6 inches diagonally and a backlit keyboard. The VAIO logo is etched on the outer top of the computer, near the hinge. The model and serial numbers are printed on a black label with white lettering on the underside of the screen. To locate the label, consumers should open the computer, move the switch from the lock to the release position and flip the display. They were sold at retail stores nationwide and online at www.store.sony.com from February 2014 to April 2014.
WHY: The computers’ lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
INCIDENTS: Sony is aware of four incidents, which occurred in Asia, of computers overheating, resulting in units smoking, catching on fire and melting. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 680.
FOR MORE: Call Sony at 866-702-7669 or visit www.sony.com and click on the Support tab, then on Electronics and then on Product Support. Once on the Product Support site, click on the Computers & Tablets tab, then on VAIO Laptops & Desktops and scroll down to Product Alerts for more information.
DETAILS: Big Sword fireworks devices. The mock sword is a hand-held fountain that is intended to emit sparks from the tip of the sword. The blue and yellow sword has the Big Fireworks logo and the words “Big Sword” printed on the front. A yellow cardboard tag attached to the handle of the device has “Big Sword” and a caution statement printed on it. The sword measures 30 inches and has model number 3609 printed above the product’s barcode. They were sold at Big Fireworks retailers and wholesale distributors nationwide from April 2014 to June 2014.
WHY: The hand-held fountain device can unexpectedly explode, posing a risk of impact and burn to the user.
INCIDENTS: Two reports of the fountain exploding while in use. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,040 units.
FOR MORE: Call Big Fireworks at 866-514-6225 or visit www.bigfireworks.com then click on the Recall tab at the bottom of the page for more information.
DETAILS: Four Porter-Cable 3 1/4 horsepower, electric, fixed-base production routers and one production router base are being recalled. The Porter-Cable name and logo are on the front of the base. The recalled routers and base were made from 1990 to April 2014. The following router models are being recalled: Model numbers 7518, 7519, 7519EC, and 22-7519-60. The router model number and the manufacture date code are on a metal plate on the back of the upper motor housing. The date code consists of the year of manufacture, the week of manufacture and the manufacturing plant code in the YYYY WW-XX format. They were sold a t major industrial equipment suppliers and woodworker suppliers nationwide from 1990 to April 2014. The router base is model number 75361 and is also sold separately. The model number is located on the side of the base opposite the Porter-Cable label.
WHY: The router base handles are not insulated, posing an electric shock hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 100,000 in the U.S. and about 7,800 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Porter-Cable at 888-344-7973 send email to email@example.com , or visit www.portercable.com, click on Important Safety Notice/Recalls, then select 2014 for more information.