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Recall: HeatSeal; Pouch Laminators.


On 2004-11-09, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding HeatSeal; Pouch Laminators. due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2003 for about $200.00 to $260.00.

About 30,000 units are involved in this General Binding Corp. (GBC) laminator recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Laminators category in 2004.

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HeatSeal; Pouch Laminators.
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What is the problem?

Improper wiring at the heating coil could cause the pouch laminators to overheat and become a fire hazard.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recall includes the H300 and H200 model HeatSeal: Pouch Laminators. They are used to laminate documents and photos. The recalled H300 Pouch Laminators have serial numbers starting with PI, PJ, PK, PL, QA, QB, QC or QD. The recalled H200 Pouch Laminators have serial numbers starting with PI or PJ". The H300 and H200 model numbers are found on the top of the Pouch Laminators, and on the rating plate on the bottom of the Pouch Laminators. The serial numbers are found on the rating plate on the bottom of the Pouch Laminators.

These items were sold new+ at Office supplies stores nationwide from September 2003 through September 2004 for between $200 and $260.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should stop using the Pouch Laminators included in this recall immediately, and contact GBC a free replacement or refund.

For additional information, contact GBC at (800)541-0094 between 8 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the company's Web site at


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

None reported.

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