July 14, 2010
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, has announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Wire feed welders
Units: About 9,000
Importer: Star Asia USA, LLC d.b.a. Titan, of Kent, Wash.
Hazard: The wire welder's torch does not have a cold contactor as erroneously stated on the packaging and instruction manual. Without this feature, the welder generates an electrical arc immediately upon contact with the welding material, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Description: The recall involves the Vaper 90 amp flux wire feed welders with model number 41181. The wire welders are red and black. "Vaper" and "90 amp flux wire welder" can be found on the product's operation panel. The model number can be found on the top right hand corner of the package and on the first page of the user’s manual.
Sold by: Pep Boys, Auto Zone and various other auto parts and tool centers nationwide from October 2006 through March 2010 for about $170.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumer should immediately stop using the wire welders and contact Star Asia to obtain a corrected instructions manual and packaging or for instructions on returning the product for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Customer Service at 800-386-0191 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT.
Photos are available at: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10296.html
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
Firm's Recall Hotline: 800-386-0191
CPSC Recall Hotline: 800-638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: 301-504-7908