Importer to recall Chinese-made car fuses

Importer to recall Chinese-made car fuses http://money.cnn.com/2007/09/05/autos/fuse_recall/index.htm?postversion 07090516
EW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- As many as 295,000 sets of cars fuses, each
containing 120 fuses, are being recalled because some of them allow more electrical current through than they should, according to a newspaper report.
The fuses were sold over a two-year period beginning in August 2005, by Harbor Freight Tools, a California-based auto supply retailer. The fuses were manufactured in China, but the name of the manufacturer has not been disclosed.
Chinese-made products have been under scrutiny recently after several high-profile recalls including toys made with lead paint, pet food that contained dangerous additives and tires that could allegedly come apart under use.
Sold under the brand name Storehouse, the sets of blade-type and mini-blade-type fuses were sold as replacement parts and were not used as original equipment in any vehicles. The item numbers are 92939 for the mini-blade-type and 92940 for the blade-type.
After determining that there were "manufacturing inconsistencies with the materials, connections or size of some of the fuses' elements, which could result in some fuses not functioning as intended," the company sent a "defect notice" letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Aug. 10.
The fuses are not marked in any way that would identify them as coming from Harbor Freight Tools. They have no serial numbers or date codes.
"The best way to determine if the seller of the product was Harbor Freight Tools would be to review the fuses in conjunction with their storage case, which is clearly marked as distributed exclusively by Harbor Freight Tools," the company said in its letter to NHTSA.
Harbor Freight Tools received four complaints of alleged property damage resulting from defective fuses, according to the defect notice. NHTSA received an additional two reports of damage directly from consumers, according to Harbor Freight's defect notice. There were no reports of deaths or injuries, according to the letter.
General Motors (Charts, Fortune 500) also contacted Harbor Freight citing concerns about the fuses, according to the defect notice.
GM is preparing a letter to send out to GM dealers asking them not to use the fuses in repairing vehicles, said Alan Adler, A GM spokesman. GM prefers that its dealers use only "Genuine GM Parts," Adler said, but dealers sometimes use parts from other sources. GM car dealers are independently-owned business.
The company plans to contact all customers who purchased the fuses directly from Harbor Freight and will refund the cost of the fuses. In addition, customers will receive a $5 gift certificate, the company said in its letter to NHTSA.
The recall will begin some time in September, according to additional information supplied by NHTSA. The company had originally said in its defect notification that the recall was to begin on Aug. 15.
A spokesman for Harbor Freight did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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I bought a variety box of the old fashioned tube type fuses at Harbor Freight. They must ahve been made by the same Chinese company or a similar one. Most of them would "burn out" for no reason, like if you left the door open so the interior lights were on for half an hour the fuse would burn out but way at the inside end cap where you couldn't see it. If you looked at the fuse it would look good but if you tested it, it was burned out. And this was even a 20 amp fuse with only a 6 amp draw on it. I went thru half a dozen and then threw the whole box out.
On Wed, 05 Sep 2007 21:19:53 -0400, Jim Higgins

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Do yourself and your country a BIG favour. Do NOT buy Chinese products - period. Mabee then they will get the message, and mabee your neighbour will have a job. (mabee even you)
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Only an idiot puts anything made in Chine in their car (or mouth).
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Apparently there IS a reason aftermarket parts or "cheaper."
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Mike Hunter wrote:

Fuses made from recycled beer cans and cardboard help a company "...be more competitive in the global economy...". And they (the Chinese) want to sell cars here? My wife is Chinese (from Taiwan) and she now refuses to buy "made in China".
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On Fri, 07 Sep 2007 20:31:10 -0400, Jim Higgins

You KNOW the dollar is king when a Teiwanese company (like Acer) has their product manufactured in the PRC. Their governments can't talk to each other without sabre-rattling - but PRC can make it cheaper than Taiwan , so PRC it is.
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