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ELECTRIC AND GAS APPLIANCE WARNING

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July 4th, 2000
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Preventing Fires and Explosions CPSC recently issued a warning to consumers urging them to have a professional check if their gas appliances used uncoated, brass gas connectors. These old connectors are used to supply gas to appliances, such as stoves and clothes dryers from the gas supply line.

The connector can crack or break if moved even slightly, causing a gas leak, which can lead to a fire or explosion. CPSC knows of at least 38 deaths and 63 injuries related to the gas connectors since 1980. Consumers should not attempt to check these connectors themselves. Only qualified professionals should check for old, uncoated brass connectors and replace them with stainless steel in homes with gas appliances 15 years or older.

Girls’ “Esleep Juniors” Robes Recall – Bentley Lingerie Inc., of Jersey City, NJ.

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July 4th, 2000
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The robes fail to meet flammability standards for children’s sleepwear. (No Injuries Reported) Sold nationwide through JCPenny stores from July 1988 through April 1999. The robes are made of polyester, either blue or green in sizes 4 through 14. The robes have long sleeves with chest patches showing a pair of bear cubs or a sleeping puppy. They have one of the following GPU numbers on the collar tag: 9816,9817,9818;9885, 9886. 9890 and 9891. STOP USING THESE RECALLED ROBES IMMEDIATELY. Contact Bentley Lingerie at (888) 330-3830.

Disney Mickey’s Waffle Iron Recall – Walt Disney Co., Burbank, CA.

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July 4th, 2000
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The waffle irons are improperly wired, presenting fire, shock and electrocution hazards to consumers. (No Injuries Reported) Sold nationwide between October 1996 through January 1997. The waffle iron is chrome and black. It is made in a “clam shell” design, and when opened, a Mickey Mouse face is revealed on the cooking surfaces, which measure 7 inches in diameter. “Vitantonio Premier Mickey’s Waffler The Walt Disney Co.” is on a metallic label on the handle. Only waffle irons with three-prong plugs bearing model number 1950 and serial number in one of the following ranges are being recalled: 17001000 to 17002661 or 46006022 to 46006524. The model and serial number are on a label affixed to the bottom of the waffle iron, along with “Vitantonio… Made in U.S.A. …UL 43G5 Listed”. STOP USING THE RECALLED WAFFLE IRONS IMMEDIATELY. Contact Disney at (800) 935-2394 for instructions on returning the waffle iron.

Flammable Spray String recall – KMC, USA of Franklin Park IL.

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July 4th, 2000
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Sold nationwide between October 1998 and January 1999. Labeled Party Time “Happy String” the product is hazardous if sprayed near an open flame due to the flammability of the propellant. TAKE THIS SPRAY STRING AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND STOP USING IT IMMEDIATELY. For more information contact Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077 anytime.

Butane Lighter Recall – Ace Hardware Corp, Oak Brook IL.

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July 4th, 2000
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These lighters can leak causing an unexpected burst of flame with a risk of burns to consumers. Sold between March 1997 to May 1998. The lighter is approximately 9 inches long, has a black plastic base with red plastic trim and a metal igniter shaft. The bottom of the handle is marked MADE IN CHINA, and the shaft is embossed with GAS TORCH. STOP USING THESE LIGHTERS IMMEDIATELY. For more information contact Ace Hardware Corp. Toll-free at (877) 223-4391 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm CST.