WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Avanti Water Dispenser
Units: About 124,000
Manufacturer: Avanti Products Inc., of Miami, Fla..
Hazard: The hot water faucet on these units has a child-resistant safety feature to prevent young children from accessing the hot water. The device can malfunction so that the faucet will not turn off, causing burn injuries to children.
Incidents/Injuries: Avanti has received 10 reports of the hot water not shutting off, nine of which resulted in burn injuries to children, including a 10-month-old baby who suffered burns on his arm and chest.
Description: There are six models of water dispensers with hot water faucets included in the recall. The water dispensers have â€śAvantiâ€ť written on the front of the base. They have model number WD32, WD 50, WD 50.1, WDT51, WDR 52 or WHC 59. The model number is written on a silver sticker on the back of the unit. Model number WDR 52 is a combination refrigerator and water dispenser. All six models have removable drip trays and can hold either 3- or 5-gallon bottles of water.
Sold at: Office Depot, Staples, and other appliance and electronic stores nationwide from July 2000 through August 2004 for between $120 and $250.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers with small children should immediately disable the hot water by turning the red switch on the back of the dispenser to off and contact Avanti to get a free repair.
Consumer Contact: Avanti at (800) 366-0339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.regcen.com/waterdispenser