December 7, 1999Southern Exchange Recalls
146,000 Camp Mess Kits
TX (SafetyAlerts) - Southern
Exchange Co. Inc. (Texsport) is recalling 146,000 mess kits, used for cooking over an open
fire when camping. The mess kit's sauce pan handle does not lock into place and the mess
kit's fry pan handle can bend during use, spilling hot foods or liquids onto consumers and
causing serious burns.
CPSC and Texsport have received one
report of a 10-year-old boy who received second-degree burns to his ankle when boiling
water spilled from the sauce pan he was using.
The five-piece mess kit being
recalled was sold under the Texsport label. The kit includes a 5-inch aluminum sauce pan
and cover, a 6.5-inch aluminum plate, a 7-inch aluminum fry pan, and a 4 oz. blue plastic
cup. "Made in China" is on the bottom of the cup and on the fry pan handle. The
mess kit was packaged in a green box, labeled in part, "mess kit.. item 13150... one
person... 5-Piece... Texsport."
Camping, mass merchandise and army
surplus stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico sold the mess kit from May 1994 through
September 1999 for about $3.
Consumers should stop using the mess
kit immediately and return it to the store where purchased for a refund or replacement
mess kit. For more information about this recall, call Texsport at (800) 231-1402 between
8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or access www.texsport.com.
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