Office Equipment Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Productes Safety Commission has recently announced the recalls of Hewlett-Packard fax machines and Konica Minolta printers.  Both types of products are believed to pose fire hazards.

Name of Product: HP fax 1040 and 1050 machines

Units: About 928,000 in the U.S. and 240,000 in Canada and Mexico

Importer: Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.

Hazard: The fax machines can overheat due to an internal electrical component failure, posing fire and burn hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: Hewlett-Packard is aware of seven reports of fax machines overheating and catching fire, resulting in property damage, including one instance of significant property damage and one instance of a minor burn injury to a consumer’s finger. Six incidents were reported in the U.S. and one in Canada.

Description: This recall involves HP Fax 1040 and 1050 models. The HP logo and the model number are printed on the front of the fax machine. The fax machines are dark gray and measure about 11 inches high x 14 1/2 inches wide.

Sold at: Electronics, computer and camera stores nationwide, and online at http://www.shopping.hp.com and other websites from November 2004 through December 2011 for between $90 and $120. Some of the recalled fax machines were replacement units for a previous recall involving HP fax model 1010 in June 2008.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fax machines, disconnect them from the electrical outlet and contact HP for a rebate on the purchase of an authorized replacement HP fax machine or a partial rebate of certain HP ink jet printers.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact HP toll-free at (888) 654-9296  between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at http://www.hp.com/go/faxrecall/US-en

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12101.html

Name of Product: Konica Minolta Printers

Units: About 8,430

Importer: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., of Ramsey, N.J.

Hazard: The printers can short circuit and overheat during use, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of two reports of the printers overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves four desktop models of laser color printers: Magicolor 4750DN, Magicolor 3730DN, Bizhub C35 and Bizhub C35P. Model numbers are located on the plate attached to the side of the printer as well as the bottom of the front door. The printers are dark and light gray in color and have “Konica Minolta” printed on the top of the front door.

Sold at: Various value-added resellers, direct retail sales and authorized Konica Minolta dealers from June 2010 through March 2011 for between $900 and $3,500.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers of Magicolor 3730DN and 4750DN should stop using the printers immediately and contact Konica Minolta to schedule a free replacement. Consumers of Bizhub C35 and C35P will be visited by an authorized service agent for repair and replacement of the faulty component.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Konica Minolta toll-free at (800) 825-5664 (Press 5) between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12717.html

Please feel free to contact me if you have a personal injury or wrongful death or products liability matter that you would like to discuss.  I’ll be happy to see if I can give you a hand.

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