December 2, 2003CPSC, Barnett of the Caribbean Announce
Recall of Showerhead Hot Water Heaters
product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise
Name of product: Showerhead Hot Water Heaters
Manufacturer: Sintex of Brazil, distributed by Barnett of the Caribbean, of
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Hazard: The showerhead hot water heaters are attached to the shower's water
supply piping and connected to a household's electrical supply source when
central hot water is not available. Undersized wiring prevents this unit
from being suitable in wet locations, the rotary switch is not waterproof
and the installation instructions fail to recommend an electrical junction
box, but instead recommends tape. Another hazard is the plastic enclosure
which poses an electrocution and fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: Showerhead heaters involved in the recall include model numbers
194310 and 192033. The model numbers are printed on the front of the unit.
The heaters are packaged in a clear, plastic bag with card, or in a printed
box that reads in part, "Sintex Super Ducha," "Sintex Electronic," and "Made
Sold at: Hardware stores and home improvement centers in Puerto Rico from
March 2001 through August 2003 for about $20.
Manufactured in: Brazil.
Remedy: Consumers should contact the retailer where the product was
purchased or Barnett of the Caribbean for more information on returning the
product for a refund.
Consumer Contact: Call Barnett of the Caribbean toll-free at (800) 368- 0809
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web
site at www.e-barnett.com.