Revised Recall: MCM Wellong Black Cat electric pressure washers
On 2012-11-13, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a revised recall regarding MCM Wellong Black Cat electric pressure washers due to a potential electric shock hazard. This product sold new for about $85 to $100. It was originally recalled on 2002-01-23.
Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Pressure Washers category in 2012.
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What is the problem?
This item was recalled due to a electric shock hazard. More information may be available on the recall announcement.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recalled Black Cat pressure washers have a sticker with a cat and the words "Black-Cat" on each side of the unit. The model numbers - either BC-2000 or TW-1750 - can be found on a label on the right side of the power station. The label also reads in part, "Made in China," "High Pressure Cleaning Machines," and the "Production Date" (which should fall between March 2001 and July 2001). The GFCI plugs have a green "Reset" button and a blue "Test" button - some plugs also have a label that reads "CONNECT TO INDIVIDUAL BRANCH CIRCUIT ONLY." On the back of the GFCI plug near the electrical prongs are the words "WELLONG" and "Rainproof."
MCM International imported the pressure washers from a manufacturer in China who installed counterfeit ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plugs on some of the units, without MCM's approval. All of the plugs are labeled "WELLONG"; however, the pressure washers with counterfeit "WELLONG" GFCI plugs appear virtually identical to those with genuine "WELLONG" GFCIs. It will require a professional inspection to identify the counterfeit GFCIs. GFCIs are important safety devices that are intended to protect consumers against shock or electrocution.
Information on where these items sold new+: Target and Menard's stores nationwide sold these pressure washers from August 2001 to September 2001 for between $85 and $100.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
UPDATE 11/13/2012: Consumers should stop using these pressure washers and discard the product. A remedy is no longer available.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
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