November 26, 1996
Release # 97-031
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Waters Instruments Announce
Recall of K-9 Electric Fence Controllers
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Waters Instruments
Inc. of Rochester, Minn., is recalling about 13,000 Model K-9 Electric Fence Controllers,
a box used to control the electricity in electric fences. The K-9 Electric Fence
Controllers used outdoors in high humidity or wet environments can overheat and result in
Waters has received three reports of overheating occurring in K-9 Electric Fence
Controllers used in an unprotected outdoor setting where they are subjected to high
humidity or water. Two controller cases showed signs of melting and one controller
installed under a porch caused charring of the wooden flooring.
The K-9 Electric Fence Controllers with serial numbers starting with MT08096 and MT09096
have a yellow, black, and red label that reads, "American FarmWorks K-9 ELECTRIC
FENCE CONTROLLER." The K-9 Electric Fence Controllers sold individually came packaged
in a plastic shell with a yellow backer card. Waters also sold the units as part of a pet
and garden fence kit, packaged in a yellow, black, and red box with a picture of the K-9
Electric Fence Controller printed on the box.
Hardware and farm supply stores sold the K-9 Electric Fence Controllers nationwide
beginning in April 1996 for about $28.
Consumers should stop using the K-9 Electric Fence Controllers immediately and call Waters
at (800) 962-2880 for information on returning the merchandise for replacement with a unit
not adversely affected by climate.
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