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Recalls this week: Snow throwers, computers

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm •  Published: July 3, 2014
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A line of snow throwers with the potential for leaking fuel are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include computers with batteries that can overheat and fireworks.

Here's a more detailed look:

SNOW THROWERS

DETAILS: All Power brand single stage snow throwers. The snow throwers are black and yellow and have a red cap on the gas tank. The model number is SB044P which is printed on a yellow and black sticker located on the top of the unit with the phrase "20 Inch Clearing Width." They were sold at Menards Stores and independent hardware retailers from September 2012 through December 2013.

WHY: Exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: 58 reports of carburetor leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 10,000.

FOR MORE: Call All Power America at 888-896-6881 or visit http://www.allpoweramerica.com/ and click on Safety Recall for more recall information.

COMPUTERS

DETAILS: Sony's VAIO Flip PC laptops with model number (product name) SVF11N13CXS. The computers were sold in three colors silver, black and pink. They have a Panasonic-manufactured lithium-ion battery and a folding touch screen that measures about 11.6 inches diagonally and a backlit keyboard. The VAIO logo is etched on the outer top of the computer, near the hinge. The model and serial numbers are printed on a black label with white lettering on the underside of the screen. To locate the label, consumers should open the computer, move the switch from the lock to the release position and flip the display. They were sold at retail stores nationwide and online at www.store.sony.com from February 2014 to April 2014.

WHY: The computers' lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

INCIDENTS: Sony is aware of four incidents, which occurred in Asia, of computers overheating, resulting in units smoking, catching on fire and melting. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 680.

FOR MORE: Call Sony at 866-702-7669 or visit www.sony.com and click on the Support tab, then on Electronics and then on Product Support. Once on the Product Support site, click on the Computers & Tablets tab, then on VAIO Laptops & Desktops and scroll down to Product Alerts for more information.

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