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SafetyAlerts
February 21, 2003

BELL Has Recalled a AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY HAMMER

(SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the following information.

Make : BELL Model : SAFETY HAMMER Build Dates : All Years

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 03E004000 Recall Date : JAN 30, 2003

Component: EQUIPMENT

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 17398

Summary:
BELL AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY HAMMERS IDENTIFIED AS LIFE-SAVING ESCAPE AND RESCUE TOOL. THESE HAMMERS WERE
INTENDED TO BE USED AS AN INSTRUMENT TO SHATTER AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY GLASS IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.
HOWEVER, THE PLASTIC HANDLE WAS NOT DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND THE FORCE REQUIRED TO SHATTER AUTOMOTIVE GLASS.

Consequence:
AS A RESULT, THE PLASTIC RIBS, WHICH HOLD THE SAFETY HAMMERS METAL HEADS, CAN BREAK UPON USE, RENDERING
THE HAMMER NO LONGER ABLE TO PERFORM AS INTENDED.

Remedy:
BELL WILL REIMBURSE CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE PURCHASED THE SAFETY HAMMER. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO
BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2003. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD
CONTACT BELL AT 480-991-5055.

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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