CPSC recalls pumps, icemakers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with two firms, announced voluntary recalls of submersible pump controls and ice machines.

The first is the Franklin Electric Co. Pumptec Electric Motor Controllers for submersible pump systems. The controller is for 115v/230v submersible motors rated 1/3 to 1 1/2 HP with model number 5800020600 and date codes of 06F45 through 09L45. The model number and date code can be found on the nameplate label located on the right-hand side of the enclosure.

About 38,000 units were sold at dealers nationwide from June 2006 through November 2009 for about $245.

At issue is the product label can lose adhesion, exposing the circuitry. This could pose a shock hazard to consumers. Consumers should not touch areas of the units that are exposed due to label curling or peeling, and should immediately contact their dealer for a free replacement cover.

Also recalled are the Scotsman Commercial Modular Cube ice machines because of fire danger. The company has received four reports of fires and 37 reports of burned or melted components, resulting in replacement of machines and component parts. No injuries have been reported. The problem is that a solenoid in the product can fail and result in an electrical arc that can pose a fire hazard.

Customers should stop using the recalled ice cube machines immediately and contact the company to schedule a free repair. About 43,000 of the cubers were sold from September 2006 through December 2009 for between $4,000 and $14,000.

The recalled machines are designed to be installed on top of ice storage bins or ice dispensers, and typically are used in commercial establishments. Model numbers begin with C0322, C0330, C0522, C0530, C0630, C0830, C1030, C1448, C1848, C2148, EH130, EH222, EH330, or EH430, and serial numbers of the recalled machines within these model designations begin with 05, 06, 07, 08 or 09. Model and serial numbers are on the back of all machines and, depending on the model, behind the machine's front panel either in the lower right corner of the machine or on the left side of the sheet metal wall that separates the larger equipment compartment from the smaller ice-making compartment.

Scotsman commercial flake and nugget ice machines, commercial undercounter cube ice machines, and residential ice machines are not involved in this recall.

Additional information is available at 800/541-0520 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.