NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2004
Release # 04-163 Tyler’s Hotline: (800) 992-3744 x804
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Inc. Announce Recall of Grocery Frozen Food Case Heaters
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Defrost heaters used in grocery store frozen food cases
Heater Manufacturer: Electro-Heat Inc., of Allegan, Mich.
Food Case Manufacturer: Tyler Refrigeration, of Waxahachie, Texas, a division of Carrier Commercial Refrigeration Inc., of Charlotte, N.C. Hazard: Moisture building up pressure inside the defrost heater can cause it to forcefully eject from the frozen food case, possibly injuring bystanders.
Hazard: Moisture building up pressure inside the defrost heater can cause it to forcefully eject from the frozen food case, possibly injuring bystanders.
Incidents/Injuries: Carrier Commercial Refrigeration Inc. has reports of four incidents where the defrost heater forcefully ejected, and in two instances, the defrost heater penetrated through the end of the frozen food case. In one incident, a consumer’s leg was broken.
Description: The recalled defrost heater was used in Tyler’s “wide island” frozen food end cap cases in grocery stores. The recalled defrost heaters (which are not visible to consumers) are Electro-Heat Defrost Heater Model 51957100. The Tyler wide island frozen food end cap cases with the recalled heaters are models NCE, NFE, NGE, NCGE, NFJEA, NCJEA, NCJGEA and NFJGEA. The model and serial number is located on the data plate, which is on the front inner panel of the case.
Sold at: Grocery stores nationwide use these wide island frozen food end cap cases with defrost heaters to display food items. The cases with heaters were sold by Tyler Refrigeration from the mid-1970s to the present.
Manufactured in: U.S.A.
Remedy: Tyler will replace the recalled defrost heater with a Cal-rod hairpin style heater in all wide island frozen food and ice cream end cap cases.
Consumer Contact: Tyler will contact its grocery store customers to set up appointments for the replacement of defrost heaters in these frozen food cases. For more information, contact Tyler’s toll-free number at (800) 992-3744 x804 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Tyler’s Web site at http://www.tylerrefrigeration.com
Media Contact: Margaret Gan-Garrison at (860) 674-3370.
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wow , that's gonna cost some money.
Originally posted by NedFlanders
wow , that's gonna cost some money.
What a mess.
Nothing new, try it out in the field and see if it kills anyone.
How about the poor soul that got a broken leg from one of these heaters. YOW "Now tell me again how did you break your leg?"
I would think rather than replace the heater elements it would make more sense to armor plate the ends of those plastic tubs in the cases where the "projectiles" are likely to be blown out.