A. O. Smith Recalls Ultra-Low NOx Water Heaters Due to Fire Hazard
Name of product: Ultra-Low NOx water heaters
The water heater’s gas burner screen develops tears. The water heater’s burner can then create excess radiant heat, posing a fire hazard if the water heater is installed directly on a wood or other combustible floor.
Recall date: November 8, 2018
Units: About 616,000
Consumers should go to www.waterheaterrecall.com, input their model and serial number and complete the form to determine if their water heater is subject to this recall. Consumers with Whirlpool, U.S. Craftmaster or American Water Heater brand water heaters can call toll-free 866-854-2793 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Consumers with Reliance, State, A. O. Smith, and Kenmore brand water heaters can call toll-free 866-880-4661 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for more information.
This recall includes 30, 40 and 50 gallon natural or propane gas-fired Ultra-Low NOx emission gas water heaters. They are designed to comply with regulations in certain air quality districts in California, and were sold primarily in California. They were sold under the American, A. O. Smith, Kenmore, Reliance, State, U.S. Craftsmaster and Whirlpool brand names and manufactured from April 8, 2011 through August 1, 2016. Only water heaters with the first four digit serial numbers between 1115 and 1631, where the first four digits represent the year and week of production, are included in the recall. The brand name, model number and serial number can be found on the data plate on the product located next to the gas control valve/thermostat. The brand name is printed near the top of the water heater. Consumers can look up their water heater’s serial number to see if it is affected by this recall at www.waterheaterrecall.com.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off and stop using the recalled water heaters and contact A. O. Smith to determine if a free repair is necessary.
Incidents/Injuries: A. O. Smith has received six reports of fires occurring from a water heater installed directly on a combustible surface. No injuries have been reported.
Sold At: Independent contractors, plumbers, plumbing supply vendors and at various home improvement and hardware stores primarily in California from April 2011 through December 2016 for between $500 and $1,000.
of Milwaukee, Wis.
Manufactured In: United States and Mexico
Recall number: 19-029
Black & Decker Recalls Hammer Drills Due to Injury Hazard
Name of product:
Black & Decker, Bostitch and Porter-Cable Hammer Drills and Drill Drivers
Hazard: The side handle sold with the drill can slip or break, leading to a loss of control of the tool, posing an injury hazard
Recall date: November 1, 2018
Units: About 641,000 (in addition, about 18,000 were sold in Canada)
Black & Decker at 888-284-3070 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, at email@example.com or online at www.portercable.com click Safety Notices and Recalls, www.blackanddecker.com click Safety Recalls, or www.bostitch.com click Safety Recalls for more information.
This recall involves side handles supplied with Porter-Cable brand model PC70THD ½ Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drills, Black & Decker brand model DR560 ½ Inch Drill/Drivers, and Bostitch brand models BTE140 and BTE141 ½ Inch Hammer Drills. The side handles are black plastic and attach to the drill to help provide stability. The Porter-Cable hammer drills are gray with red accents, the Black & Decker drill/drivers are orange with black accents, and the Bostich hammer drills are yellow with black accents.
Porter-Cable ½ Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill PC70THD
Black & Decker ½ Inch Drill/Driver DR560
Bostitch ½ Inch Hammer Drill BTE140 and BTE141
Consumers should immediately stop using the drills and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement side handle
Black & Decker has received 11 reports of side handles slipping or breaking and one report of a torn rotator cuff injury
The Home Depot, Lowe’s, major home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and other online retailers from January 2010 through July 2018 for between $50 and $100
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md
Cooper Lighting Recalls Solar/Battery Powered Light Fixtures Due to Fire Hazard
Name of product: All-Pro and Defiant solar-powered outdoor LED light fixtures
Hazard: The batteries in the solar-powered light fixtures can overheat and cause the light fixture’s housing to melt, posing a fire hazard.
Recall date: October 11, 2018
Units: About 350,000 (in addition, about 11,963 were sold in Canada
This recall involves solar-powered, motion-activated outdoor LED light fixtures sold under the All-Pro and Defiant brands. The model number is displayed on the interior of the fixture. The Defiant MST1000LWDF, All-Pro MST800L, and All-Pro MST800LW all have two light sources on top of a housing with a round motion sensor on the bottom of that housing. The All-Pro WPS2040M has a flat housing with the LED light source in the center of the housing and an integrated motion sensor lens and dimmer above the motion sensor. All the light fixtures are connected by wire to a solar panel.
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Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lighting fixtures and contact the Eaton Customer Service Center for a free replacement battery pack. Eaton will ship the replacement battery pack with step-by-step battery replacement instructions.
Cooper Lighting has received seven reports of light fixtures overheating and property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other stores nationwide from September 2015 through July 2018 for about $70 to $100.
Cooper Lighting, LLC, Peachtree City, Ga., a division of Eaton
Cooper Lighting toll-free at 866-461-7819 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, email at LTfirstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.cooperlighting.com and click on “Safety Notices” under the Resources tab for more information.