Millions of gas cylinders recalled; strollers, blowers

By Robin Melen on February 29, 2012 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-newGAS CYLINDERS About 29,026,000 (U.S.) and 1,371,100 (Canada) units of Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP gas cylinders sold at various plumbing/HVAC distributors, Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware Stores nationwide and in Canada from October 2004 through January 2012 for about $7 to 13 for cylinders and $45 to 75 for the torch kits. The seal on the cylinders can leak after torches or other fuel consuming equipment are disconnected from them, posing a fire hazard.
IF YOU OWN ONE Instructions:
--If the cylinder has never been connected to a torch or other device, do not use cylinder. Return cylinder to store where it was purchased for exchange or full refund.
--If the cylinder has been partially used and is currently connected to torch or other device: Do not disconnect torch or other device. Take outdoors and ignite the torch and carefully burn off entire contents of the cylinder. Disconnect the torch from empty cylinder and dispose of empty cylinder per cylinder label instructions or return it to store where it was purchased for exchange or a full refund.
--If the cylinder is partially used but not connected to a torch or other device now: Take cylinder outdoors. Leak test top of the cylinder with soapy water. If bubbles develop, attach the torch. Ignite the torch and carefully burn off entire contents of the cylinder. Remove the torch from empty cylinder and dispose of empty cylinder per cylinder label instructions or return it to the store where it was purchased for exchange or a full refund. If no bubbles develop, do not use cylinder. Return it to the store where it was purchased for exchange or a full refund. Call 866-511-8967, send an e-mail to MapCylinderRecall@WorthingtonIndustries.com, or go to www.MAPCylinderRecall.com.

JOGGING STROLLERS About 3,000 Kelty single and double jogging strollers sold at juvenile product stores and sporting goods stores nationwide and by Web retailers, including www.kelty.com, from January 2010 through February 2012 for between $375 and $475. The front wheel can come loose during use and cause the stroller to tip over, posing a fall and injury hazard to children in the stroller and adults pushing the stroller. There have been three reported incidents with these recalled strollers, including cuts, scrapes and fractured bones to adults, and minor cuts and scrapes to children.
IF YOU OWN ONE Call 866-349-7225 to receive free updated assembly and maintenance instructions.

BACKPACK BLOWERS About 16,000 ECHO gas-powered backpack blowers sold at Home Depot and authorized ECHO dealers from August 2011 through January 2012 for about $270. The fuel line between the fuel tank and carburetor could have been damaged during assembly leading to fuel leakage, posing a fire hazard.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to an authorized ECHO servicing dealer for a free repair. Call 800-432-3246 for more information.

FAN HEATERS About 6,102 Meijer forced-air heaters sold exclusively at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio from September 2011 through November 2011 for about $20. Exposed and unshielded electrical components can cause the heater to overheat and melt, posing fire and electrical shock hazards. Meijer received one report of a unit’s base burning, melting and damaging the carpet beneath it. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to any Meijer store for a full refund. Call 800-927-8699 for more information.

For the latest information on all recalls, go to Recalls.gov. There you'll find recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among others.

 

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Robin Melen

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