Soldering iron electrical burn recall

On June 16, 2011 the Weller 100 watt soldering irons have been recalled by Health Canada.

This recall involves Weller 100 watt and 120 volt soldering irons with model numbers W100PG, W100PGMX, W100P3 and W100PD3. The date codes are from July 2006 to May 2010. The date code is located on the heating element and is shown as "month year" (e.g. June 08).

Once the unit is unplugged and cool, the heater can be accessed by removing the flanged barrel that is secured to the handle by screws. If, for any reason, you are unable to locate the date code, reference the ship dates below to determine whether returnable product has been purchased.

What is the danger?

The electrical cord attached to the iron can detach from the flex point at the base of the handle. If the electrical cord fails while the product is in use and the cord is touching the user's skin, it could produce an electrical arc that could cause a burn.

There have been three reported injuries, all of which were superficial burns to the hand, none requiring medical attention. Two of the reported injuries occurred in the United States of America and one in Canada.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents and injuries related to the use of theses irons.

What should I do?

You should contact Cooper Tools, LLC immediately for a free replacement soldering iron.

For more information, you may contact Cooper Tools, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Apex Tools Group, LLC) at 1-800-476-3030 (extension 1) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the website.

How many were sold and where?

There are approximately 16,150 affected units in Canada. The Weller 100 watt soldering irons were manufactured and sold to commercial distributors and shipped between July 1, 2006 through May 12, 2010.

These recalled units were manufactured in Mexico. The manufacturer is Cooper Tools, LLC.

Insurance implications

When you manufacture, distribute or retail products then you need to consider product recall insurance. To quickly deal with this type of situation is very important for your business reputation and to help protect the consumer. Take control of your commercial insurance - talk to your agent or broker to find out what options are available to you. You need to keep operations flowing and profits coming in or you will not be in business for long.