A line of snow throwers with the potential for leaking fuel are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include computers with batteries that can overheat and fireworks.
Here's a more detailed look:
DETAILS: All Power brand single stage snow throwers. The snow throwers are black and yellow and have a red cap on the gas tank. The model number is SB044P which is printed on a yellow and black sticker located on the top of the unit with the phrase "20 Inch Clearing Width." They were sold at Menards Stores and independent hardware retailers from
WHY: Exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: 58 reports of carburetor leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 10,000.
FOR MORE: Call All Power America at 888-896-6881 or visit http://www.allpoweramerica.com/ and click on Safety Recall for more recall information.
WHY: The computers' lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
HOW MANY: About 680.
FOR MORE: Call Sony at 866-702-7669 or visit www.sony.com and click on the Support tab, then on Electronics and then on Product Support. Once on the Product Support site, click on the Computers & Tablets tab, then on VAIO Laptops & Desktops and scroll down to Product Alerts for more information.
DETAILS: Big Sword fireworks devices. The mock sword is a hand-held fountain that is intended to emit sparks from the tip of the sword. The blue and yellow sword has the
WHY: The hand-held fountain device can unexpectedly explode, posing a risk of impact and burn to the user.
INCIDENTS: Two reports of the fountain exploding while in use. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,040 units.
DETAILS: Four Porter-Cable 3 1/4 horsepower, electric, fixed-base production routers and one production router base are being recalled. The Porter-Cable name and logo are on the front of the base. The recalled routers and base were made from 1990 to
WHY: The router base handles are not insulated, posing an electric shock hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 100,000 in the U.S. and about 7,800 in
FOR MORE: Call Porter-Cable at 888-344-7973 send email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit www.portercable.com, click on Important Safety Notice/Recalls, then select 2014 for more information.
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