THE HARRIS PRODUCTS GROUP

Harris Products Group Recalls Welding Torch Handles Due to Fire Hazard

Washington, D.C. - Jul 31, 2014 :

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Welding torch handles

Hazard: The torch handles can leak oxygen or fuel, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact: Harris Products Group at (800) 447-6906 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.harrisproductsgroup.com and click on Recall for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 13,000 in the U.S. and 350 in Canada

Description: This recall involves two models of torch handles that were sold under the Lincoln Electric® and Harris Products Group® brand names. The torch handles are used in welding. They are gold in color and made out of brass. Welding torch model numbers include 18-5 and 85. Manufacture date codes include FM, GA, GB and GC. The model number and date code are stamped on the torch handle at the end closest to the flame. The torch handles were sold individually and also as part of the following kits. Units with “0” above the word “Harris” and to the right of the rivet head are not included in this recall.

Kit Model Number Description
1400299 WELD-HDL,63EWAC-CV A-245-100
1401340 WELD-HDL,85 with C/V
1401346 WELD-HDL,85 LECO
1401347 WELD-HDL,64003055 85 RAD
1401820 WELD-HDL,18-5
4400250 KIT,8525 C DLX RAD
4400259 KIT,8525 CD DLX RAD
4400263 KIT,8525C DLX BRZ OXARC
4403181 KIT,85601-200 DLX P.A.T. RAD
4403184 KIT,8525F-510P DLX LPG RAD
4403208 KIT,MED DUTY WELD WE250A
4403209 KIT,STANDARD DUTY WE200A
4403211 KIT,85601-200 INDUSTRIAL P.A.T.DLX
4403212 KIT,85601-510 DLX CUTWELDER BAG
4403213 KIT,85601-200 PAT STD
4403224 KIT,8525GX-510 DLX STEELWORKER BAG
4403225 KIT,8525GX-300 DLX STEELWORKER BAG
4403226 KIT,8525GX-510 STD STEELWORKER BAG
4403228 KIT,85601-510 DLX EXPERT CLASSIC BAG
4403229 KIT,85601-300 DLX EXPERT CLASSIC BAG
4403239 KIT,8525FGX-510P LPGw/NX BAG
4403243 KIT,85601-510 STD EXPERT CLASSIC BAG
4403244 KIT,85601-300 STD EXPERT CLASSIC BAG
9101228 VALVE-ASY,VA85
9101230 VALVE-ASY,VA63
KH776 KIT,85601-200 PAT
KH777 KIT,85601-510 DLX CUTWELDER BAG
KH784 KIT,8525F-510P PROPANE/LPG BAG

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torch handles and contact Harris Products Group to receive a free replacement.

Sold at: Home Depot and Lowes stores, industrial gas distributors including Airgas, Praxair and Matheson and other retailers nationwide, and online at www.homedepot.com and www.lowes.com from December 2013 through May 2014 for between $125 and $450 when sold individually and for between $250 and $1,230 when sold as part of a kit.

Importer: Harris Products Group, of Gainesville, Ga.

Manufactured in: Poland

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alertrappel-avis/hc-sc/2014/40729r-eng.php

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

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Photos

Torch handle
Photo 1: Torch Handle

Torch handle with model number
Photo 2: Torch handle with model number

Torch handle with date code
Photo 3: Torch handle with date code

Steelworker kit
Photo 4: Steelworker kit

 

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