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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 1995

Release # 95-114
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, Monarch Announce Recall of Well Pumps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Monarch Industries Inc. of Bloomington, Minn., is recalling approximately 250 Monarch and Red Lion well pumps. Due to an improper connection between the pressure switch and the motor, the unit is not grounded. As a result, the well pumps pose a severe hazard that could result in electric shock or, in extreme cases, electrocution.

The well pumps, which cost less than $500.00, were sold to the following companies between December 1993 and April 1994: Mills Fleet Farm in Minnesota and Wisconsin; D & B Supply in Idaho, Saginaw Plumbing and Heating in Saginaw, Michigan; and Weber Industries in St. louis, Missouri. Consumers can identify whether their shallow or deep well pump is part of this recall by looking for the serial numbers and model numbers shown below on the nameplate on the pump casing:

Serial Numbers:
5093 5193 5293 0194 0294 0394 0494 0594
0694 0794 0894 0994 1094 1194 1294 1394

Model Numbers:

JKC-1 JKS-1 RLC-1
JKC-20 JKS-20 RLC-2
JKC-S2 JKS-30 RLC-2/RLI14H
JKC-S2/JR44HS JKS-40 RLC-2MM
JKC-S3 JKS-S2 RLC-3
JKC-S4 JKS-S3 RLCI-RL4H
JKC1/JR-15S JKS-S4 RLC2/RL4H
JKCS2/JR-15S JKS1/JR15S RLS-2
JKSS2/JR-15S

Consumers who own one of the recalled pumps should not touch or attempt to remove the pump. If feasible, consumers should immediately turn off the power to the pump and call Monarch Industries at (800) 667-1457 to arrange for a serviceman to repair, replace, or refund the affected well pump free of charge.

Neither CPSC nor Monarch is aware of any injuries involving this product. This recall is being conducted to prevent injuries and death. The company has already recovered approximately 1,150 units.

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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