Recall: Wire feed welders
On 2010-07-13, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Wire feed welders due to a potential burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in October 2006 for about $170.
About 9,000 units are involved in this Star Asia wire welder recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Welders & Soldering Guns/Irons category in 2010.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 386-0191
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What is the problem?
The wire welder's torch does not have a cold contactor as erroneously stated on the packaging and instruction manual. Without this feature, the welder generates an electrical arc immediately upon contact with the welding material, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recall involves the Vaper 90 amp flux wire feed welders with model number 41181. The wire welders are red and black. "Vaper" and "90 amp flux wire welder" can be found on the product's operation panel. The model number can be found on the top right hand corner of the package and on the first page of the users manual.
These items were sold new+ at Pep Boys, Auto Zone and various other auto parts and tool centers nationwide from October 2006 through March 2010 for about $170.
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:
Consumer should immediately stop using the wire welders and contact Star Asia to obtain a corrected instructions manual and packaging or for instructions on returning the product for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Customer Service at (800) 386-0191 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
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