Category Archives: Recalls

DrillMaster could be a disaster

Harbor Freight Tools has recalled its DrillMaster model No. 96526 cordless drills due to overheating.

The recall affects about 108,000 units imported from China by Camarillo, Calif.-based Harbor Freight Tools. If the black trigger switch on the 19.2-volt drills overheats it can pose a fire and burn hazard to users. There has been one minor injury reported.

The drills sold for $27-$30 at Harbor Freight stores nationwide and online between April 2008 and May 2012. Models with a gray trigger are not included in the recall.

Drill owners should remove the battery, stop using the tool and contact the company for a free replacement. Here’s where to do that: toll-free at (800) 444-3353 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday); by email at; or online at

Gas furnaces recalled, again

York International division Unitary Products Group is recalling 226,000 gas furnaces for manufactured homes. The units can overheat, causing the heat-exchanger to crack and create openings for flames to escape.

The furnaces were previously recalled in November 2004. Since then, there have been 366 incidents, some involving extensive property damage.

Defective units were sold under the Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T brands between 1995 and 2000. Model numbers are: DGAM075BDD, DGAM075BDE, DGAM075BDF, DGAT070BDD, DGAT070BDE, DGAT070BDF, DGAT075BDD, DGAT075BDE, DGAT075BDF, DLAS075BDD, DLAS075BDE and DLAS075BDF.

Unitary is offering free inspections and repairs of the affected models. For more information, visit or call (888) 665-4640.

Check your Genie lifts before going up
















Genie has issued a safety bulletin regarding instability in some of the GS-2669, GS-3369 and GS-4069 models. Serial numbers of the affected units range from GS6911-101 to GS6912-412.

Some of the machines in the serial range may have been manufactured incorrectly, including assembly of the hydraulic circuit in the oscillation system; and installation of axle pivot pins that are out of specifications.

Call Genie’s service department at (800) 536-1800 for more information.

Quarantine your 3M G-Series safety lanyards

3M issued a recall on its G-Series retractable lanyards. The company says to immediately stop using the devices and quarantine them.

The models affected are: GW-7, GW-11, GW-7-0241A, GW-7-0241H, GW-11-0241A, GW-11-0241H, GW-11NS, DLGW-7, DLGW-7-0241A and DLGW-11-0241A.

3M found that some of the lanyards returned to it didn’t properly lock up during pre-inspection pull tests on the webbing lifeline.

Owners of the lanyards should contact Ray Mann, 3M Fall Protection Technical Service, at (704) 743-2406.

Emergency exit signs recalled

About 450 LED emergency exit signs have been recalled by Best Lighting Products because they can fail to illuminate during power outages. That could make it hard to find the exit.

There have been 10 reports of malfunctioning signs but no injuries.

The Chinese-made signs were sold and distributed by Lithonia Lighting for $100 to $200 from January through May. They were installed in commercial buildings such as hotels and offices.

Affected model numbers are: LHQM LED G M6, LHQM LED R M6 and LHQM LED R HO M6.

Affected models have the following date codes inside the fixture housing: 1003S10, 1004S10 or 1005S10. Dates on the packaging carton include March, April or May 2010.

Lithonia Lighting is providing free replacements. Contact the company at (800) 334-8694 during business hours or visit

Venmar recalls air exchangers

Venmar is recalling several models of air exchangers because they can catch on fire. About 1,400 units were sold in the U.S.

The Canadian-made machines were sold through heating, plumbing and building supply distributors from January 1996 to December 2001. They cost $350 to $850.

The affected units are: Venmar models EX 20XXX, 41005, Air Exchanger; Venmar AVS models 4100X; vanEE model 1601510; Flair models 41XXX; Hush model 1601510; and Guardian by Broan model AE60.

Consumers should turn off their units and contact Venmar for a free inspection and repair by a company field technician. Venmar can be reached at (866) 441-4645 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or at


Liebherr refrigerators recalled for detaching doors

Liebherr-Canada Ltd of Ontario is recalling 5,702 built-in refrigerators because their doors can detach. There have been 10 reports of detachment, but no injuries.

The recall affects some 30-inch-wide bottom freezer units with the following model numbers: C 1600, C 1601, C 1650, C 1651, CI 1600, CI 1601, CI 1650, CI 1651 and CI 1700. The Austrian-built appliances were sold individually or as side-by-side companion units at national and specialty retailers from February 2004 through January 2011. They cost $4,400 to $5,000.

The model number can be found on a label behind the left side bottom drawer. Consumers should check their refrigerator to see if there is a popped up hinge pin at the top or bottom.

Liebherr will make in-home repairs. For more information, contact Liebherr at (877) 337-2653 visit

Fire alarm systems fail to alert monitoring centers

About 540 Simplex fire alarm control panels are being recalled because they can fail to alert monitoring centers when there is a fire. The units were made by Tyco Safety Products of Westminster, Mass., and distributed last year from May to September by SimplexGrinnell. They cost between $10,000 and $20,000.

There have been two cases where the system failed.

Recalls affect the Simplex 4100U-NXP panel configured for third party monitoring with software revision 14.01. The words “Simplex,” “4100U” and “Fire Control” appear on the fire alarm’s front panel. The software revision number can be identified by pressing the “Menu” key on the panel keypad, selecting “Show Software Revision Level” and pressing “Enter.”

Building managers should contact SimplexGrinnell for a free software upgrade at (866) 565-6322 or

DeVilbiss air compressors can catch on fire

DeVilbiss Air Power Co. of Jackson, Tenn., is recalling about 460,000 air compressors because their motors can overheat and catch on fire. DeVilbiss has received nine reports of overheating and three reports of fire damaging surrounding property. No injuries have been reported.

The compressors vary in tank size from 3 gallons to 25 gallons and carry the Craftsman, Delta Shopmaster, DeVilbiss, Husky and Porter-Cable brand names. They sold from January 2003 through December 2004 at home centers nationwide, and from September 2000 through December 2005 at Sears stores. They were priced between $199 and $229.

The following were affected:

Brand Model Number Tank Tank
Date Range
Craftsman 919-16644 15 gal. vertical Red 5/2004 – 3/2005
Craftsman 919-16724 15 gal. horizontal Red 9/2000 – 3/2003
Craftsman 919-16724-1 15 gal. horizontal Red 9/2002 – 12/2003
Craftsman 919-16724-2 15 gal. horizontal Red 7/2003 – 5/2005
Craftsman 919-16724-3 15 gal. horizontal Red 5/2004 – 1/2005
Craftsman 919-16725 15 gal. horizontal Red 12/2002 – 12/2003
Craftsman 919-16725-1 15 gal. horizontal Red 7/2003 – 8/2004
Porter-Cable C2000-WK 6 gal. pancake Red 1/2004 – 5/2004
Porter-Cable C3001 4 gal. stacked Red 1/2004 – 7/2004
Delta Shopmaster CP503 12 gal. horizontal Gray 6/2002 – 3/2003
Delta Shopmaster CP503-1 12 gal. horizontal Gray 5/2003 – 3/2004
DeVilbiss Impact Series HFAC 3030 3 gal. horizontal Blue 1/2003 – 7/2004
Husky Y6010-WK 25 gal. vertical Red 2/2003 – 9/2003
Husky Y6010-WK-1 25 gal. vertical Red 7/2003 – 9/2003
Husky Y6020-WK 25 gal. vertical Red 5/2003 – 3/2004

Consumers should stop using the machines and call DeVilbiss at (866) 220-5627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on weekdays, or visit or Those with Craftsman units should call Sears at (888) 279-8013 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, or visit

A free inspection and repair will be made.

Locations of model numbers and manufacture dates.

Poulan Pro generators can catch on fire

Husqvarna Professional Products is recalling about 600 Poulan Pro residential generators because they can catch on fire. The recall affects the following models: PP4300, PP6600, PP6600E and PP7600E.

The units have carburetors that can fail and leak gas, posing a fire hazard. Husqvarna has received four reports of fuel leakage, but no injuries associated with the leaks.

The Chinese-made generators are black and yellow-gold with two handles and two wheels. Their outputs range from 4.4 to 7.6 kilowatts. The model number can be found on the front of the gas tank.

The defective units were sold last year from July to September for $600-$1,000 by Poulan Pro and Husqvarna authorized dealers nationwide.

Consumers should stop using the generators and contact Husqvarna to arrange a free repair. Husqvarna can be reached at (877) 257-6921 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; or at