April 23, 2014

Recall: Viking Range Corporation Built-In Refrigerators Due to Injury Hazard; Doors Can Detach

Name of Product: Viking Built-In Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezers and Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers

Units: About 45,000

Manufacturer: Viking Range Corporation, of Greenwood, Miss.

Hazard: The refrigerator’s doors can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Viking has received about 57 reports of doors detaching, including four reports of injuries involving bruises, broken toes/fingers, and strains. Also, several incidents of minor damage to floors and counters have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Viking built-in 48-inch wide side-by-side refrigerator/freezers and the built-in 36-inch wide refrigerators with bottom freezers with model and serial numbers with date codes listed below. The refrigerators come in stainless steel and various colors and wood finishes and are built into the kitchen cabinetry. “Viking” is written on the front of the refrigerator. The model and serial numbers are located either behind the produce drawer or on the ceiling of the interior of the refrigerators. The 42-inch wide or freestanding refrigerators are not included in this recall.

Model Numbers Starting With Date Codes
VCSB481, VCSB482, DDSB482, DFSB482
DTSB482, DDBB362, VCBB360, VCBB362
DFBB362, DTBB362, DTBB363 All units
VCSB483, DDSB483, DFSB483, DTSB483 Date codes before 030104
VCSB483D, DDSB483D, DFSB483D Date codes before 030105
VCBB363 Date codes before 102005
DDBB363 Date codes before 112305
DFBB363 Date codes before 041006

The first six numbers in the serial number are the manufacture date of the unit in [mm][dd][yy] format, e.g., serial number 051903G0000000375 was manufactured on May 19, 2003 and serial number F01250210170 was manufactured on January 25, 2002.

Sold by: Appliance and specialty retailers nationwide from July 1999 through April 2006 for between $4,725 and $6,400.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers with recalled refrigerators should contact Viking immediately to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled refrigerator if the door isn’t sealing properly, is sagging, or fails to open and close properly. If the door is functioning properly, consumers may continue to use the refrigerator until it has been repaired.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Viking toll-free at (888) 345-2650 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit Viking’s Web site at www.vikingrange.com

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Recall: Starbucks Barista Blade Coffee Grinders Made by Tsann Kuen

Name of Product: Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinders and Seattle’s Best Coffee® Blade Grinders

Units: About 530,000

Importer: Starbucks Coffee Co., of Seattle, Wash.

Manufacturer: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co. Ltd. (“TKL”), of China

Hazard: The grinder can fail to turn off or can turn on unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 176 reports of grinders that failed to turn off or that turned on unexpectedly, including three reports of hand lacerations that occurred when the grinders turned on unexpectedly during cleaning.

Description: This recall includes the Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinders and Seattle’s Best Coffee® Blade Grinders with the following colors and SKU numbers:

Brand Color SKU #
Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder Stainless Steel 171884
Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder Green 195234
Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder Pink 195235
Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder Orange 220623
Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder Teal 220624
Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder Cranberry 242275
Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder Olive 344476
Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder Black 454482
Seattle’s Best Coffee® Blade Grinder Brown Metallic 474881

Sold at: Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee stores nationwide from March 2002 through March 2009 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the coffee grinders and contact Starbucks to receive a free replacement grinder.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Starbucks toll free at (866) 276-2950 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. MT or visit the company’s Web site at www.starbucks.com

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Recall: Wagner Spray Tech Paint Sprayers Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

Name of Product: Wagner Paint Sprayers

Units: About 35,000

Importer: Wagner Spray Tech Corp., of Plymouth, Minn.

Hazard: The on-off switch can be dislodged from the casing, resulting in exposure of electrical connections. This can pose an electrical shock hazard to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been no reported incidents or injuries.

Description: This recall includes the Wagner Control Spray Plus Model 0414248. This model number can be found on a white label located on the side of the motor housing. The following date codes are affected by this recall and can be found stamped on the bottom of the motor housing near the air hose connection:

Model Number Manufactured Date Code
Control Spray Plus 0414248 Y182R thru Y365R
Z001R thru Z366R
A001R thru A021R

Sold by: Major chain home centers and hardware stores nationwide from August 2007 through April 2009 for about $99.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the sprayers, and contact Wagner for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Wagner toll-free at (888) 925-6244 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s web site at www.wagnerspraytech.com

Recall: Hair Dryers by Vintage International Due to Electrocution Hazard

Name of Product: National and Sanyo Hand-Held Hair Dryers

Units: About 2,300

Importer: Vintage International Inc., of Hacienda Heights, Calif.

Hazard: The hair dryers are not equipped with an immersion protection device to prevent electrocution if the hair dryer falls into water. Immersion protection devices, which prevent electrocution, are required by industry safety standards for all electric hand-held hair dryers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves National and Sanyo hand held hair dryers. The hair dryers are made of plastic and chrome with a fold up handle and were sold in blue, pink, white and black colors. Model numbers EH-5202, EH-5215, EH-5216, EH-7911, EH-7912, or EH-7913 and “National” and “Sanyo” can be found on the hair dryer’s blower nozzle or handle.

Sold at: Various retail stores in the Los Angeles area from January 2007 through August 2008 for between $20 and $40.

Manufactured in: Thailand

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled hair dryers and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund or free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Vintage International toll free at (888) 711-4656 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Recall: Bunn-O-Matic Single Cup Tea/Coffeemakers Due to Burn Hazard

Name of Product: Bunn® Single Cup Pod Brewers

Units: About 35,600

Manufacturer: Bunn-O-Matic Corp., of Springfield, Ill.

Hazard: The pod drawer of the pod brewer can open unexpectedly during a brew cycle, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Bunn-O-Matic has received 10 reports of the drawer opening unexpectedly, including one report of minor burns.

Description: This recall involves Bunn® Single Pod Brewers. Models included in the recall are MCP (My Café Pourover) and MCA (My Café Automatic). The pod brewers have a black body with stainless backsplash and measure 12 inches high by 8 inches wide. “Bunn®” is printed on the front and lights up when the pod brewer is on.

Sold at: Web retailers, department and hardware stores nationwide between August 2004 and March 2009 for about $300.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coffeemakers and contact the firm to obtain two replacement pod drawers.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bunn-O-Matic at (800) 741-3405 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.bunn.com

Recall: Hair Dryers by Universalink International Trading Due to Electrocution Hazard

Name of Product: Special and Narita Hair Dryers

Units: About 3,000

Importer: Universalink International Trading Inc., of La Puente, Calif.

Hazard: The hair dryers are not equipped with an immersion protection device to prevent electrocution if the hair dryer falls into water. Immersion protection devices, which prevent electrocution, are required by industry standards for all electric hand-held hair dryers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Special (model EX-1800) and Narita (model TE-263) hair dryers. “Special” or “Narita” and the model number are printed on the dryer. The “Special” hair dryers are brown and the “Narita” hair dryers are white and black and fold up.

Sold at: Various retail stores in California from June 2003 through October 2008 for about $15.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the hair dryers and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Universalink International Trading toll-free at (866) 997-6768 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or email the firm at sales@naritausa.com

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Recall: HMI Industries Floor Cleaners Due to Burn Hazard

Name of Product: “Majestic 360” Floor Cleaners

Units: About 44,000

Manufacturer: HMI Industries Inc., of Strongsville, Ohio

Hazard: The recalled cleaners’ wiring can overheat, causing electrical arcing and melting. This poses a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: HMI has received 40 reports of overheating and damage to carpets. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled floor cleaner is a black-colored, canister-style vacuum with a powered floor tool. The words “Majestic 360” and “FILTERQUEEN” are printed on a label located on the unit.

Sold through: Independent distributors nationwide from September 2004 through August 2006 for about $1800.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled floor cleaners immediately and contact the firm to arrange for a free repair at an authorized repair center.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact HMI Industries at (800) 566-5606 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.Filterqueen.com

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Repairing a Whirlpool Washing Machine -Video

Sometimes the hardest part of repairing an appliance, is knowing how to get the machine apart so that you can get in and get to work. A professional has seen a washing machine disassembled enough times to know when to push and when to pull. Here’s a great little video with instructions on how to take apart a Whirlpool Washing Machine to make repairs yourself.