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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 1997

Release # 97-096
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Wagner Announce Recall to Repair Wallpaper Steamers

CPSC and Wagner Announce Recall to Repair Wallpaper SteamersWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wagner Spray Tech Corp. of Plymouth, Minn., will repair about 44,000 wallpaper steamers sold under the brand name "Wagner Power Steamer" (model 700). Under certain conditions, steam and hot water can forcefully escape from the unit when the filler cap is opened. Consumers can be burned by the hot water and steam.

Wagner has received 5 reports of first- and second-degree burn injuries to consumers' hands, arms, legs, and feet from forcefully escaping steam and hot water.

The plastic steamer is mostly gray and black with a round, 1-gallon, water container measuring 6.5 inches in height by 9.5 inches in diameter. The steamer has an 11.5-foot hose that connects the steamplate to the steamer. The filler cap is yellow and is attached to the end of the hose that connects to the spout of the water container. The water container and the steamplate both have yellow labels displaying model number 700 and brand name "Wagner Power Steamer." Model 700 steamers have serial numbers beginning with K and ending with N, beginning with L and ending with N, or beginning with M and ending with N. The serial number is printed in blue ink on the bottom of the water container.

The steamer was packaged in a carton labeled in part, "WAGNER POWER STEAMER...Wallpaper Remover...MODEL 700." The carton displays various pictures of the steamer. Labeling on the carton is written in English, Spanish, and French.

Hardware and home supply stores nationwide sold the steamers from July 1994 through February 1997 for about $70.

Consumers should immediately stop using the steamers and call Wagner at (800) 686-8525 or write to the company at 1770 Fernbrook Lane, Plymouth, Minn. 55447 to receive a free replacement hose/filler cap. The steamer is to be repaired at home by replacing the old hose/filler cap with the new one.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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