The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that certain brands of Star Water Systems sump pumps have been recalled, including Utilitech and Do It, in addition to the Star Water Systems brand, due to a fire hazard.
There have been six reports of the pumps emitting smoke due to dewatering, according to the notice. No injuries have been reported at this time.
“Consumers should immediately unplug the recalled sump pumps and contact Star Water Systems for instructions to disable their pump and to obtain a full refund,” states the CPSC Star Water Systems recall notice.
Star Water Systems can be reached by phone 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 800-742-5044 or on the company’s website.
The CPSC notes that approximately 33,000 units of these sump pumps have been sold, for about $100 each.
The pumps were sold at major retailers, including Lowe’s, Do It Best, Orschein Farm & Home, Carter Lumber, Falder’s, Big R, Schlemmer Hardware, and others, as well as online at Amazon.com.
The recalled Star Water Systems sump pumps were sold between June 2014 and December 2019.
According to the notice, the recalled sump pumps carried the following model number, manufacturing date codes, and UPC codes; Utilitech, model number 148009, manufacturing dates code 1017-0219, UPC 05457098483; Do It, model number 433063, manufacturing date 0214-2019, UPC 009326+405087; Star Water Systems, model number 3CEH, manufacturing date 0715-0219, UPC 054757000721.
The recalled Star Water Systems sump pumps were manufactured in China by Junhe Pumps Holding Co. Ltd. and imported by Star Water Systems located in Indiana, states the CPSC in its notice.
Other Star Water Systems Recalls
According to the company’s website, it participates in a voluntary recall reporting system with the CPSC. Star Water Systems says it will recall products that do not meet strict safety standards.
The website notes another sump pump recall for Star Water Systems pedestal sump pumps, model numbers 3CEH, 433063, and 148009 with date codes prior to March 2019. Similarly, the motors on these pumps reportedly overheat. Owners are instructed to unplug them and contact the company for a recall.
“CPSC’s work to help 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,” states the commission’s website, noting that consumers should call the agency’s hotline at 800-638-2772 to report dangerous products.
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