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CPSC bike and component recalls(6 posts)

CPSC bike and component recallsTypeOne
Jul 17, 2001 7:30 PM
Here's a link of some recent recalls on cycling products. They include a tandem, some kids' bikes, helmets, and reputable products like a Cannondale fork. I doubt many people on this board will have any of these products, but here you go. These look like items you might buy at the LBS, not WalMart, so I'm kind of surprised.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01200.html.
Used to do contract work for those guys ...Humma Hah
Jul 17, 2001 8:08 PM
... and was horrified by some of the things that were being sold in discount department stores. The "worm getter", for example. Two large aluminum nails connected to a 120V power cord! Bunk beds that collapsed. I'm the world's foremost leading expert on a particular brand of drip coffeemaker, and every model of 15A 120V electrical receptacle made in 1985.

They generally have a pretty good reason for issuing a recall. Sometimes its for something you can take care of yourself. Other times you simply order a simple fix kit from the manufacturer.

Thanks for the link. In my consulting business, I like to keep up with things like that.
so, what kind of coffee maker do you use now? nmHaiku d'état
Jul 18, 2001 7:47 AM
Any brand will do if ...Humma Hah
Jul 18, 2001 8:05 AM
... you never turn your back on it! There are two kinds of coffeemaker malfunctions. If they fail when you're in the room, you unplug them and get nothing worse than a scorched countertop and a bad odor. If they fail when you're not around (for example, you use a deluxe model with a timer set to go off in the early morning, and you sleep late) then you get a possible serious structure fire and maybe death and injury.

If you have one of the old GE DCM coffeemakers, they're out of production and have been recalled. Turn it in and get some money for it.

I prefer coffeemakers which have a separate "warming element". Most cheaper models cycle the main brew element on and off to keep the coffee warm. This greatly shortens thermostat life, and a thermostat/TCO failure then can result in a fire.
irrational fear of coffee makers, irons, and clothes dryer lintHaiku d'état
Jul 18, 2001 10:08 AM
morning routine includes a check of the coffee maker (unplugged? ok...), iron (unplugged? ok...), and clothes dryer, if it's been running. my little O/C showing, i guess. there are so many other electronic gadgets around the house now, especially with a toddler running the place...
I used to think this was silly until ...Humma Hah
Jul 18, 2001 11:32 AM
About ten years ago, my boss had a couple of toaster ovens in his office, examining them so he could propose a test protocol for them to CPSC - they'd had some fire complaints.

My wife and I were at home, a knock came on our door. One of the neighbors had noticed that our next-door neighbor's house was on fire! This is a townhouse row -- we both shared a wall with the burning house! I got the dog out of the burning house, then the fire dept got there and put the fire out.

The family that owned the burned house was on vacation. They'd unplugged almost everything and turned off most of the circuit breakers, but had somehow not unplugged the toaster oven. The thing came on by itself and ignited a pile of mail that was on the counter. Turns out the toaster oven was the same model we had in for inspection. At my invitation, CPSC came out and verified it, and it turned out to be the worst case they had on record attributed to this particular product. The model was prone to developing a "hair trigger" condition in which the door would drop and it would come on by itself.

The fire did about $25,000 in damage to that home (the adjoining units were undamaged). The family's life was disrupted for about 3 months while repairs were done, but they did end up with a VERY nice kitchen. And no toaster oven.