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     Weightlifting Bars Recalled by York Barbell Co.
             After Reports of Units Breaking 

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: Olympic Weightlifting Bars

Manufacturer: York Barbell Company Inc., of York, Pa.

Hazard: Due to a defect in the sleeve mechanism, the bar 
can break under the pressure of significant weight, which 
could injure consumers and by-standers.

Incidents/Injuries: York Barbell has received two reports 
of bars breaking under the pressure of significant weight. 
No injuries have been reported.

Description and Models: This recall involves all 7’ Int’l 
Hard Chrome 1000 lb. and 1500 lb. test Olympic bars with 
model number 32012 and 32013, 7’ Int’l Black Oxide 1000 
lb. and 1500 lb. test Olympic bars with model number 32020 
and 32021, 7’ International Men’s Olympic Needle-bearing 
bars with model number 32010 and 6 ½’ International Women’s 
Olympic Needle-bearing bars with model number 32011. The 
bars have split sleeves and YORK is printed on the sleeve 
assemblies of each bar.

Sold at: Fitness wholesalers and retailers nationwide from 
November 2005 through July 2006 for between $200 and $500.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled bars 
immediately and return them to York Barbell for a full 
refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact York 
Barbell Co. at (800) 358-9675 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s Web 
site at www.yorkbarbell.com

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                 ITT Water Technology Inc.
   Recalls Faulty Pumps for Fire Suppression Systems

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: Goulds Pumps®, Bell & Gossett® and Red 
Jacket Water Products Brand Pumps for Fire Suppression 
Systems

Manufacturer: Water Technology Inc., of Auburn, N.Y.

Hazard: A mechanical part on these pumps was not fully 
tightened, which can lead to the pump failing during use. 
If pumps sold with fire suppression systems fail, the 
risk of fire damage increases. The pump itself does not 
pose a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: ITT Water Technology Inc. has received 
one report of a pump failing to start during a system test. 
No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled pumps are general in purpose, 
but are sometimes used in fire suppression systems. The 
pumps were sold under the Goulds Pumps, Bell & Gossett 
and Red Jacket Water Products brands. The pumps can be 
identified by having Model NPE, NPO, MCC, MCS, SM or 
Series 3530 on their nameplate. Recalled pumps were 
manufactured between December 2005 and July 26, 2006. 
They have date code M05, A06, B06, C06, D06, E06, F06 
or G06. The date code is the first three digits of the 
serial number on the pump nameplate. 

Sold at: Pump distributors nationwide from December 2005 
through July 2006 for about $800.

Manufactured In: United States

Remedy: Installers of fire suppression systems will be 
contacted by ITT Water Technology Inc. to schedule an 
inspection and replacement. Please contact ITT Water 
Technology Inc. if you have not been contacted yet.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call ITT Water 
Technology Inc. at (800) 984-9199 between 8 a.m. and 5 
p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s 
Web site at www.goulds.com or www.bellgossett.com

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                  Blount International Inc.
                  Recalls Replacement Blades
          for Use with Snapper Riding Lawnmowers
                  Due to Laceration 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: Oregon® and Silver Streak® Replacement 
Snapper Lawnmower Blades

Units: About 94,000

Manufacturer: Blount International Inc., of Kansas City, 
Mo.

Hazard: When the lawnmower is operated, the replacement 
blade can crack and pieces can break away, posing a 
serious laceration hazard to consumers and bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: Blount has received six reports of 
replacement blades either cracking or breaking. No 
injuries have been reported.

Description and Models: The recalled replacement lawn-
mower blades are intended for use on Snapper riding 
lawnmowers. The recalled blades are sold for use as 
replacement parts under the Oregon® and Silver Streak® 
brands only. Original equipment blades on Snapper 
lawnmowers and “Snapper” brand replacement blades are 
not included in this recall. The recalled blades are 
red and marked “MADE IN USA,” “GRASS SIDE CX”, “Oregon” 
or “SILVER STREAK.” The part number and date code are 
engraved on one side of the blade. The recalled blades 
are part numbers: 99-111, 99-112, 99-113, 99-114, 
99-117, 99-118, 99-926, 99-930 and date codes: BL, BM, 
BN, BP, BQ, BR, BS, BT, BU, BV, BW, BX, BY, BZ, CA, CB, 
CC, CD, CE, CF, CG, CH, CJ, CK, CL, CM, CN, CP.

Sold at: Power or yard equipment dealers and hardware 
stores nationwide from November 2002 through August 2006 
for between $16 and $28.

Manufactured In: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the 
replacement blades and return them to the store where 
purchased or any other retailer that carries Oregon® 
or Silver Streak® replacement parts for a free 
replacement.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can 
contact Blount at (866) 685-5449 between 8 a.m. and 
5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Blount’s Web 
sites at www.blount.com or www.Oregonchain.com

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