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                   Cobb America Inc.

    Warns Charcoal Grill Purchasers of CO Hazard
Marketing Material Showed Product Being Used Indoors

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

Name of Product: Cobb Premier Charcoal Grills

Importer: Cobb America Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Hazard: Like all charcoal grills, this grill emits carbon
monoxide gas, which can kill within minutes when used 
indoors. The Web sites, recipe book, and visuals in a 
promotional video create the impression that the Cobb 
Cooker can be used indoors. The recipe book says that it 
can be used on your dining room table, and the promotional 
video showed a man carrying the grill into the house while 
the charcoal was still burning.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been 
reported. 

Description: The product is made of stainless steel with 
a wire mesh bottom and a dome-shaped lid. It has a non-
stick-coated grill grid. It weighs about 10 pounds and 
is about 10 inches tall. An outside label reads “Cobb 
Premier.” It comes with several accessories, including 
a black carrier bag with “Cobb” lettered in yellow on 
top.

Sold at: Cobb America Web site and other outdoor and 
camping stores including some web sites nationwide from 
March 2006 through October 2006 for about $140.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should never use any charcoal grill 
indoors. Charcoal grills should only be used outside. 
The promotional video, which created the impression 
that the grill could be used indoors, has been removed 
from the firm’s Web site, www.cobbamerica.com, and a 
warning about the hazards of indoor charcoal use and 
carbon monoxide poisoning has been posted. The firm is 
sending warning letters to all known consumers.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact 
Cobb America collect at (954) 427-5202 between 9 a.m. 
and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or write an email 
to chris@cobbamerica.com

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         Weil-McLain Recalls Ultra Series Boilers
               for Carbon Monoxide Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. 

Name of Product: Weil-McLain Ultra Series Gas Boilers

Manufacturer: Weil-McLain, of Michigan City, Ind.

Hazard: These boilers were manufactured for use with 
natural gas, but could have a blue tag incorrectly 
indicating to installers that they are intended for 
use with LP (propane) gas. If an installer connects 
one of the boilers to LP gas without installing a 
propane conversion kit, carbon monoxide (CO) can build 
up due to incomplete combustion, posing a risk of CO 
poisoning. 

Incidents/Injuries: Weil-McLain is aware of one incident 
where two consumers reported CO poisoning when the boiler 
installed in their home was connected to LP gas.

Description: The recall involves Weil-McLain Ultra 80, 
Ultra 105, Ultra 155, Ultra 230 and Ultra 310 condensing, 
high-efficient, gas-fired boilers for space heating. The 
user’s manual and installation manual have “Ultra Gas-
Fired Water Boiler” on the cover. The boilers are wrapped 
in a glossy silver/flat black jacket and either stand on 
the floor or are wall-mounted. The serial numbers range 
from CP5071716 through CP5327000. When the panel on the 
front of the boiler is removed, a bar-coded label with 
the serial number is located on the lower right hand side 
of the boiler itself. “Weil-McLain” is written on the 
front panel of the boilers.

Sold by: Plumbing and heating wholesale distributors to 
plumbers and contractors nationwide from May 2005 through 
July 2006 for between $4,000 and $7,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers who had a Weil-McLain Ultra series 
boiler installed for use with propane and have not 
already been contacted by their installer should 
contact the installer or a heating professional for 
a free safety inspection. If the boiler was not 
installed with a propane conversion kit, one will be 
installed at the time of the inspection at no charge. 
Heating professionals may contact Weil McLain Technical 
Service at (219) 879-6561 for more information.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Weil-
McLain toll-free at (866) 426-6172 between 8 a.m. and 
4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s 
Web site at www.weil-mclain.com

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                      Family Dollar
             Recalls “Creepy Cape” Costumes
               Due to Flammability Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. 

Name of Product: “Creepy Cape” Halloween Costumes 

Importer: TONY Development & Manufacturing (USA), of 
Montclair, N.J.

Retailer: Family Dollar Inc., of Matthews, N.C.

Hazard: These vinyl capes fail to meet the standard for 
the flammability of vinyl plastic film, posing fire and 
burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves 40-inch black vinyl 
capes with a stand-up collar. A white sticker on the 
collar of the cape reads, “FLAME RETARDANT PVC” and 
“MADE IN CHINA.” The packaging shows a green-skinned 
vampire wearing a black cape. Writing on the packaging 
includes “CREEPY CAPE,” “Ages 6 To 60,” and “NO. 53600.” 

Sold at: Family Dollar stores nationwide from August 
2005 through October 2006 for about $2. 

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled capes 
and return them to any Family Dollar store for a full 
refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact 
Family Dollar toll-free at (800) 547-0359 between 8:30 
a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the 
firm’s Web site at www.familydollar.com

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