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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 1998

Release # 98-088
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC, Midway Arms Announce Recall of Tumblers

CPSC, Midway Arms Announce Recall of TumblersWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Midway Arms Inc. of Columbia, Mo., is recalling tens of thousands of tumblers, used to clean gun cartridge casings for reloading. The tumbler's motor can overheat, presenting a fire hazard.

Midway Arms has received 13 reports of motors overheating and catching fire. Five of these fires caused minor and major property damage beyond the tumbler. No injuries have been reported.

Only tumblers sold under the Midway and Past brand names are involved in this recall. The Midway brand tumblers have a blue top and gray base with the words, "Midway...Model 1292...Tumbler" on a sticker on the base. The Past brand tumblers have a tan top and brown base with the word, "Past" on a sticker on the base.

Midway catalogs and independent arms distributors and dealers nationwide sold the tumblers from February 1992 through January 1997 for about $45.

Consumers should stop using these tumblers immediately and call Midway Arms at (800) 243-2506 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday to make arrangements for returning the tumbler for free repair.

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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