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                Trane Recalls Air Conditioners
               after Incidents of Units Smoking

The following product safety recall was voluntarily con-
ducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.

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

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

Manufacturer: Qingdao Haier Air Conditioner, of Qingdao, 
China.

Hazard: The heating element on these commercially install-
ed 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 
reported. 

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  PTHE0902UAA  
PTEE0702UAA  PTEE1502UAA  PTHE1201UAA  
PTEE0901UAA  PTHE0701UAA  PTHE1202UAA  
PTEE0902UAA  PTHE0702UAA  PTHE1501UAA  
PTEE1201UAA  PTHE0901UAA  PTHE1502UAA  
PTEE1202UAA      

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 buddy.
sholar@trane.com

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      HSN LP Recalls Ultrex-Brand Pressure Cookers
                   Due to Burn Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily con-
ducted 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 Shop-
ping Network), of St. Petersburg, Fla.

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

Incidents/Injuries: HSN has received two reports of injur-
ies 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 
price.

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

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

The following product safety alert was voluntarily conduct-
ed 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

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

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 sweat-
shirts. 

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 draw-
string 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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