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        TODAY'S CONSUMER - Friday, December 1, 2006
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Trane Recalls Air Conditioners after Incidents of Units

The following product safety recall was voluntarily
conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.

Name of Product: PTEE and PTHE Series Packaged Terminal
Air Conditioners (PTACs)

Units: About 10,580

Distributor: The Trane Co., of Piscataway, N.J.

Manufacturer: Qingdao Haier Air Conditioner, of Qingdao,

Hazard: The heating element on these commercially installed
units can become displaced and, if it contacts metal, could
short circuit. If the electric heater on one of those units
short-circuits, wiring problems on 265 volt models could
allow the unit to remain energized while the unit's fan is
turned off, causing it to overheat and smoke.

Incidents/Injuries: Individuals installing units observed
smoking and smelled a burning odor in three units during
installation testing procedures. No injuries have been

Description: The recall includes 208, 230 and 265 volt
models of the Trane PTEE and PTHE Series Packaged Terminal
Air Conditioners (PTACs). They were manufactured from about
March 2006 through July 2006. The date code is F06C through
F06G, and is written on the unit's Manufacturer's Data
Plate located behind the molded plastic cover above the
power connection.

The units have the following model numbers, also written
on the Manufacturer's Data Plate: PTEE0701UAA, PTEE1501UAA,

Sold at: Trane distributors sold the recalled units to
commercial customers for use in locations such as hotels
and office buildings from May 2006 to July 2006.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: The power connectors are being rewired or replaced,
and the heaters will be visually inspected and replaced as
necessary in the 265 volt models. Although there have been
no incidents with the 208 volt and 230 volt models, Trane
is still inspecting these units as a precaution. Trane has
contacted the affected customers directly.

Contact: For more information, contact Trane at
(800)235-2152 or at (931) 648-5047, between 9 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or write an email to

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Dollar Days International Recalls Children's Parka Jackets
with Drawstrings for Strangulation Hazard

The following product safety alert was voluntarily
conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately
unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Children's parka jackets, with drawstrings

Units: 180

Manufacturer/Retailer: Silla America Inc., Los Angeles,

Hazard: The garments have a drawstring through the hood,
posing a strangulation hazard to children. In February
1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from
strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by
drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The jackets come in seven color combinations:
black with a grey stripe along the sleeves, light blue with
a black stripe along the sleeves, grey with a black stripe
along the sleeves, navy blue with a gray stripe along the
sleeves, yellow with a grey stripe along the sleeves and
navy blue with a white stripe across the chest, and black
with a white stripe across the chest. The jacket's zipper
goes all the way up to create a mock turtleneck. The
removable hood attaches with a zipper and has a drawstring.
There is elastic at the sleeves, side pockets, and a
drawstring at the waist.

Sold at: Dollar Days International stores and online at
www.dollardays.com from December 2005 through November
2006 for between $7.50 and $10.

Manufactured in: Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings
from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard. Consumers
should contact Dollar Days Customer Service for a refund or
store credit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact
Dollar Days International toll-free at (877) 837-9569
between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or
visit the company's Web site at www.dollardays.com

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HSN LP Recalls Ultrex-Brand Pressure Cookers Due to Burn

The following product safety recall was voluntarily 
conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 
Consumers should stop using the product immediately 
unless otherwise instructed. 

Name of Product: Ultrex-brand Pressure Cookers

Units: About 1,450

Importer: Innova Inc., of Davenport, Iowa.

Retailer: HSN LP (previously referred to as the Home 
Shopping Network), of St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Hazard: The pressure cooker's lid can open while its 
contents are under pressure, allowing the hot contents 
to be expelled and causing burn injuries to bystanders. 

Incidents/Injuries: HSN has received two reports of 
injuries which involve second and third degree burns to 
the upper arm and an unspecified burn injury. 

Description: The recalled product is the Ultrex-brand 
8-quart pressure cooker set, model number 11453. The set 
includes a pressure cooker and optional steamer basket. 
The model number is stamped on the bottom of the pot. 

Sold by: HSN's television network, Web site, through its 
toll-free number and an employee store in St. Petersburg, 
Fla., from June 2003 through October 2004 for about $90. 

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these products 
immediately. HSN will provide a refund of the purchase 

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should 
contact HSN at (877) 710-1527 anytime. 

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