April 24, 2000
Battery Chargers in "Flotec" and "Sears" Back-
Up Sump Pumps Recalled by Sta-Rite
Delavan, WI (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sta-Rite Industries Inc. is voluntarily
recalling about 29,000 battery chargers used in battery back-up sump pump systems. The
battery chargers can overheat and ignite, melting the charger housing and posing a fire
Sta-Rite has received seven reports of battery
chargers overheating or catching fire. Four incidents have involved smoke or fire damage
to homes, confined to the immediate area of the charger. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled battery chargers are used in the
"Flotec" and "Sears" back- up sump pump systems. The sump pump system
is used to remove water from homes that have basements.
This recall involves the charger only, not the
sump pump. Consumers can identify whether the sump pumps battery charger is being recalled
by checking the sump pump system model number. The Flotec system is model number
FP2000DCC-02 or 2P667B and the Sears system is model number 390.306062. The brand name and
model number can be found on the pump model plate located on the pump.
The part number on the charger is PS17-77 and can
be found below the meter on the charger. Sta-Rite will help consumers determine if the
battery charger is part of this recall.
Large and small home centers, auto parts and
plumbing supply stores, including Sears, W.W. Grainger, Advanced Auto Parts, Home
Quarters, Home Depot, and Hechinger sold the sump pump systems nationwide from December
1994 through September 1997 for about $200. The battery chargers also were sold as a
replacement part for the sump pump systems for about $130.
Consumers should stop using the sump pumps with
the recalled battery charger immediately. Consumers can receive a free replacement battery
charger by calling the Sta-Rite Consumer Assistance Hotline toll-free at (800) 845-6541
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers April 24,
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