The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of 188,000 "Wrinkles Away" Electric Clothes Steamers manufactured by the Franzus Co. Inc. of New York.
The CPSC also issued a recall of 17,000 IC series irrigation controllers manufactured by the Toro Co. in Minneapolis.
The Franzus company said Wrinkles Away Clothes Steamer models WA-111 and WA-222, produced between July 1984 and December 1984, may be defective and present a burn hazard. Franzus said it has received about 50 reports claiming that, without warning, the base and heater assembly separated from the product, spilling boiling or hot water onto the user.
The recalled clothes steamer can be identified by the embossed model number "Cat. No. WA-111" or "Cat No. WA-222" on the plastic base cap along with the company name and address.
To obtain a free replacement, steamer owners should send the unit to the Franzus Co. Inc. at Dept. 819, 352 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010.
The recalled Toro IC irrigation controllers are electronic devices that can be programmed to operate automatic lawn sprinkling systems. Under certain conditions, the end cap of a capacitor in the controller may fall or burst abruptly, scattering tinfoil and paper debris which could cause eye injury. The company said it has reports of four incidents, two resulting in non-permanent eye injuries.
The company said a capacitor in the irrigation controller's printed circuit board can fail if the heat sink and the battery connector inadvertently touch, causing a short circuit. This could occur while the user or servicing person is standing in front of the controller with the door open and cover removed, Toro said.
Owners who have questions should call Toro at (714) 668-9221 or write to the Consumer Service Department, The Toro Co., Irrigation Division, 5825 Jasmine St., Riverside, Calif. 92504.