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Portable Generators Recalled by Cummins Power Generation Due to Fire Hazard

January 25, 2011

Cummins Portable Generator Model P5350 On May 25, 2010 Cummins Power Generation, of Minneapolis, Minn. recalled approximately 550 portable generators which were manufactured by Loncin Industries Ltd., of China. The reason for the recall is fuel can leak through the carburetor during normal usage, posing a fire hazard to consumers. They have received 25 reports of fuel leakage. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall involves Cummins Onan Portable Generators. “Cummins Onan” and the model number are printed on the front of the generator. The serial number is printed on the generator’s name plate. Only generators manufactured on or after June 2009 and before December 2009 are included in this recall.

This recall only involve generators with model numbers P5350, P5350c, P5450e, P5450ec and P5550e and with serial numbers starting with F09 through L09.

These units were sold by authorized dealers nationwide from June 2009 through February 2010 for between $700 and $1,100. They were manufactured in China.

If you have one of these generators, then you should immediately stop using it and contact Cummins for a full refund plus a $100 check. All known users have been contacted by Cummins.

For additional information, contact Cummins at (800) 344-0039 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at

Cummins Portable Generator Model P5350c Cummins Portable Generator Model P5450e
Cummins Portable Generator Model P5450ec Cummins Portable Generator Model P5550e


Cooper Lighting Recalls Chain Sets Sold with Commercial Light Fixtures Due to Injury Hazard

January 4, 2011

S Hook On April 30, 2010 Cooper Lighting LLC, of Peachtree City, Ga. recalled approximately 5,000 chain sets sold with Metalux light fixtures because an “S” hook on the chain connecting the fixture to the ceiling can straighten when subjected to high impact forces, resulting in the light fixture falling. This poses an injury hazard to consumers. Cooper Lighting has received three reports of light fixtures having one chain detached or the fixture falling. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the AYC or HBAYC model chain set for use in a gymnasium or similar recreational facility with one of the following Metalux commercial light fixtures: F-Bay HB/2HB; F-Bay 2HBHD; F-Bay HBE; F-Bay HBHT; F-Bay HBI; F-Bay HBL; F-Bay 2HE Series 2HE; Arctic Bay AB; or Arctic Bay ABI.

These lighting fixtures were sold at authorized distributors nationwide from May 2006 through March 2010 for between $1.50 and $3. They were manufactured in the United States.

You should contact Cooper Lighting immediately for free replacement “S” hooks for all fixtures located within gymnasiums and similar recreational facilities. Maintenance personnel in these facilities should inspect the fixtures immediately and take down any units with straightened “S” hooks.

For additional information, contact Cooper Lighting at (800) 954-7228 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Metalux Light Fixture - Chain hung

Dimplex North America Recalls Remote Control Kits for Electric Fireplaces and Stoves Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

July 5, 2010

Remote control kit | Model # 47-1010R On March 16, 2010 Dimplex North America, of Ontario, Canada recalled approximately 700,000 remote control kits for electric fireplaces and stoves. The plug-in wall unit can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. Dimplex has received about 5,000 reports of the plug-in wall units overheating including 19 reports of damage beyond the remote control and one report of a house fire in Columbus, Ohio that resulted in considerable property damage.

The recalled remote control kits are used with Dimplex, Electraflame, Symphony, Optiflame, Electralog and Charmglow brand electric fireplaces, stoves and fireplace inserts. They include a black or dark gray hand-held remote control and also a black or dark gray wall unit that plugs into an electrical wall outlet. Recalled model numbers include 47-1001, 47-1010-R and APT-1315. The model number is printed on either the plug-in unit or the hand-held remote control. The fireplace or stove’s brand name is printed on both units.

Remote control kit | Model # APT-1315


These units were sold at mass merchandise, home improvement, specialty fireplace and furniture retailers from January 1998 through December 2008 for between $200 and $1,500 for the fireplaces and stoves. This recall includes remote control kits subsequently replaced under warranty. They were manufactured in China.

You should immediately stop using the remote control kits, unplug the power cord from the remote control kit’s wall unit, remove the wall unit from the electrical outlet and contact Dimplex for a free replacement kit. You can continue to operate the fireplace or stove by plugging the fireplace or stove’s electrical cord directly into an electrical outlet.

For additional information, contact Dimplex North America toll-free at (866) 673-9880 anytime, or visit their web site at

Fluke Recalls Noncontact Electrical Tester Due to Shock or Burn Hazard

June 28, 2010

Fluke-1AC-I VoltAlert Voltage Tester On March 11, 2010 Fluke Corporation, of Everett, WA recalled approximately 33,000 VoltAlert® voltage detectors. The testers can fail to give an indication of live voltage, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is off, posing a risk of serious injury or death from electrical shock or thermal burns. No injuries have been reported.

The Fluke voltage testers look like a pen with a yellow, white and gray body. The testers measure 90 to 1000 volts alternating current (VAC). “Fluke” and the model number are printed on the front of each unit. The recall involves Fluke 1AC-A1-I VoltAlert® tester.

These units were sold at industrial distributors and electrical wholesalers nationwide from September 2009 through February 2010 for about $25 and manufactured in China.

You should stop using the recalled product immediately and contact Fluke for a free replacement. For additional information, contact Fluke toll-free at (888) 983-5853 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit their website at

Nine Different Home Improvement Books Recalled with Faulty Wiring Instructions

June 14, 2010

On January 8, 2010 Oxmoor House, Inc., of Birmingham, AL recalled approximately 951,000 home improvement books. The books have errors in the wiring diagrams and wiring instructions that could lead you to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire hazard to consumers. Thankfully, no injuries or incidents were reported.

This recall includes all nine home improvement books listed below:

Title ISBN Publication Date
AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook 978-0-376-00180-1 January 2006
Lowe’s Complete Home Improvement and Repair 978-0-376-00922-7
September 2005
December 1999
Lowe’s Complete Home Wiring 978-0-376-00928-9 May 2008
Sunset Basic Home Repairs 978-0-376-01581-5
February 1995
January 1975
Sunset Complete Home Wiring 978-0-376-01594-5 December 1999
Sunset Complete Patio Book 978-0-376-01411-5
January 2006
January 1998
April 1990
Sunset Home Repair Handbook 978-0-376-01258-6
October 1998
February 1985
Sunset Water Gardens 978-0-376-03849-4 January 2004
Sunset You Can Build – Wiring 978-0-376-01596-9 January 2009

These books were sold at home improvement stores and bookstores nationwide from January 1975 through December 2009 for between $13 and $35. They were printed in the United States.

You should immediately stop using these books and contact Oxmoor House for a full refund. For additional information, contact Oxmoor House toll-free at (866) 696-7602 anytime, or visit their Web site at

Amerispec Home Repair Manual Lowes Complete Home Improvement Repair
Lowes Complete Home Wiring Sunset Basic Home Repairs
Sunset Complete Home Wiring Sunset Complete Patio
Sunset Home Repair Handbook Sunset Water Gardens
Sunset Wiring

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