CPSC Recall: Wire feed welders pose burn hazards, Star Asia USA recalls product

07/14/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Kent, WA—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Star Asia USA, LLC d.b.a. Titan, has voluntarily recalled wire feed welders over burn hazards that the product poses. The CPSC announced the recalled on July 13, 2010.

About 9,000 welders were recalled after discovering that the wire welder’s torch does not have a cold contactor, which is claimed to be included on the packaging and instruction manual by mistake. Without the cold contactor, the welder can generate an electrical arc immediately after contact with the welding material, which can pose a burn hazard to users.

The CPSC press release stated, “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.”

The wire feed welders were sold at Pep Boys, Auto Zone and numerous other auto parts and tool centers across the U.S. from October 2006 through March 2010. The welders sold for about $170.

Consumers are advised to stop using the welders immediately and contact Star Asia to receive a corrected instructions manual and packaging, or for instructions on returning the product for a full reimbursement.

For more information, consumers can contact Customer Services at (800) 386-0191 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT.

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