Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Richard Abraham Herder KG Recalls Torque Wrenches Due to Risk of Injury

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Torcofix/Torcoflex and Mountz Torque Wrenches

Units: About 670

Importer: Mountz Inc., of San Jose, Calif.

Manufacturer: Richard Abraham Herder KG, of Solingen, Germany

Hazard: The internal spring mechanism on the wrench can fail or break, allowing bolts or screws to break or become unscrewed, posing a risk of injury to the user or bystander.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The wrenches were sold under three styles names: Richard Abraham Herder KG "Gedore/Rahsol" label, the Mountz "Titan" label, and the Mountz "Erico" label. Only wrenches with the serial numbers within the following ranges are included in the recall:

From serial no. | To serial no.
1268368 | 1341104
A003977 | A039760
B000493 | B032301
C000001 | C017795
E000001 | E020205
F000001 | F013249
H000001 | H000128
2174340 | 2230753

Recalled wrenches include the following product/brand names and model numbers:

Product/Brand | Name Model Nos.
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFIX K with Ratchet | 4550-10; 4550-20; 4550-30; 4550-40
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFLEX K with Ratchet | 3550-07; 3550-10; 3550-20; 3550-30; 3550-2006
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFIX Z with Spigot | 4410-01; 4420-01; 4430-01; 4440-01
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFIX SE with rectangle holder | 4100-01; 4200-02; 4201-01; 4300-01; 4301-01
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFIX K US with Ratchet | 6550-15; 6551-07; 6551-10; 6551-30; 6551-60
MOUNTZ TITAN with Ratchet | 280012; 280013; 280014
MOUNTZ TITAN with Spigot | 280022; 280023; 280024
MOUNTZ ERICO ELT110D with Ratchet | Unavailable

The serial number is printed on the side of every torque wrench and the model number is printed on the label on the front and the back of the steel tube.

Sold by: Mountz Inc. through wholesale catalog sales and wholesale through industrial distributors, private label (Erico) and direct to OEM's mostly in North America from July 2006 through April 2008 for between about $150 and $300.

Manufactured in: Solingen, Germany

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wrenches and contact Richard Abraham Herder KG to receive a repair or replacement wrench. Recalled wrenches can be sent to:

KLANN Tools, Inc.
7187 Bryhawke Circle, Suite 700
North Charleston, SC 29418

Mountz, Inc.
1080 North 11th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact KLANN Tools toll-free at (866) 367-5526 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail klanntools@knology.net or visit the firm's Web site at www.klanngedore.com .

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