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April 19, 1991 (301) 504-0580
Release # 91-059

Stanley Garage Door Openers Recalled For Entrapment Hazard

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Stanley Electronics Division of The Stanley Works, located in Novi, MI, today announced the recall of several models of circuit boards used in the manufacture of Stanley and Fimbel Garage Door Openers.

The company believes, due to a problem with printed circuit boards used in affected garage door openers, the door may open or close without warning. This condition renders the automatic reversal safety feature inoperable. As a result, when the door closes, it will not reverse as intended upon striking a person or object. This poses a risk of injury or death if entrapment occurs. The company reported this problem to the CPSC as soon as it became apparent. The company is not aware of any injuries.

The automatic garage door openers were sold nationwide between January 14, 1991 and April 11, 1991, under the names Stanley and Fimbel (under the brands of Power Lift, and EZ Lift). The openers were sold by retail stores and garage door opener installers and dealers across the United States. While the majority of affected units were stopped in inventory, some 5,000 defective openers may be in consumers' possession.

Brand names, model designations and date codes are as follows:

  • Stanley units affected have date codes 91-04-1 through 91-15-5. The date code is designated on a data plate located on the end panel at the back of the power unit. See illustration below.
  • Power Lift and EZ Lift units are both models 91R. The date codes affected are 01-21-91 through 04-11-91. The date code is found on the back panel in the lower right hand corner of the power unit.

Consumers who purchased any of the openers should look on the power unit mounted on the garage ceiling for the date code. Owners of recalled openers should unplug and disconnect the opener immediately and call Stanley toll-free at 1-800-323-2013 to arrange for a free replacement. Until a replacement is installed, consumers should disconnect the opener from the door as instructed in the owners manual, and manually open and close the door.

Continued use of affected doors in any but the manual mode of operation could result in serious injury or death. Failure to unplug the unit may result in electrical fire.

The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different types of consumer products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an estimated 29 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to