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Chain Driven Winches Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

Author Brian Hendricks

Hewitt Machine & Manufacturing Incorporated has issued a recall for their Marine chain driven winches. The winches are often used for hauling or lifting objects.

About the Chain Driven Winch Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the winches can break, causing the lift to fail. This defect poses an injury hazard to the user.

As a result, the CPSC recommends that users stop using the product and contact Hewitt Machine & Manufacturing Incorporated for a free replacement.

Description of Recalled Chain Driven Winches

  • The recalled winches have the product number 1501, 2001, or 2501, and this number is located on the front label of the device
  • The product measures 21 inches tall, 12 inches wide, and 8 inches deep
  • The recalled items were sold at boat and water sport dealers across the United States, as well as online at
  • The defective winches were sold from April 2014 to October 2014 for about $400
  • About 1,700 of the chain driven winches were sold during this period

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Memorial Day Safety Tips

Author Jarod Cassidy

Memorial Day weekend is a day to remember those who gave their lives for their country. Many families will celebrate the weekend by visiting relatives, having cookouts, and participating in outdoor activities. Following a few safety tips can help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Travel Safety

  • Seatbelts ­– Not only should seatbelts be worn anytime the vehicle is in operation, but parents should ensure that their children are wearing their seatbelts correctly. While it may be tempting to adjust seatbelts for comfort on long trips, doing so greatly reduces the seatbelt’s function.
  • Designate a Driver – Never drink and drive or travel with a person who has been drinking. Have a designated driver if you are planning to travel home from a cookout or event.
  • Maintenance – Check that your vehicle is serviced and ready for the road before going on a long trip. Making sure that a vehicle is up to date on all scheduled maintenance and  that tires are at proper pressure and in good condition can greatly reduce the risk of a crash.

Grilling Safety

  • Fire Safety – Before grilling, be sure that your grill has been properly cleaned and is free of any dust. If you are using a gas grill, check for leaks and loose connections. Always grill in an open area – not in a garage, porch, or other covered or enclosed space.
  • Food Safety – Be sure you properly store any food. When grilling, keep any uncooked meats away from other foods to prevent cross contamination. Thoroughly wash your hands before handing food and after handling raw meat.
  • Keep Hydrated – Memorial Day weekend is the first holiday of the summer. When grilling, make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking lots of water.

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Precision Trading Recalls 4,700 Espresso Makers

Author Jessica Brito

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 4,700 Espresso Coffee makers have been recalled due to risk of burns and injuries.

About the Recall

The espresso makers contain a filler cap at the top of the unit that can crack and allow steam to escape, thus placing a burn risk to the user.  Additionally, the cap can pop op unexpectedly as a result of pressure buildup, which poses as a risk to a bystander. 

Recalled espresso makers have been sold at BrandSmart U.S.A and other retail stores in Florida and Puerto Rico between November 2014 and February 2015.

One case has been reported to the firm of a consumer who sustained burns in her arm when the cap unexpectedly released steam from the espresso maker.

Description of the Recalled Product

  • The recall includes Precision Trading Corp’s PREMIUM® four-cup Espresso Makers manufactured in September, and November of 2014.
  • Recalled products have the model number PEM585, and product date code “0914” or “1114” printed on a rating label attached to the bottom of the espresso maker units.
  • The Premium logo is printed on the bottom of the espresso maker.
  • Espresso makers dated 2015 on the cap are not included in this recall.

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