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Water Coolers Recalled

Water Coolers Recalled

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Illinois company is recalling about 145,000 electric water coolers, which can overheat and pose a potential fire hazard.

Elkay Manufacturing Co., of Oak Brook, Ill., has received 14 reports of overheating but none of injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

The 115-volt white or granite-colored coolers have cold and hot water faucets. Recalled designs are Classic, Legend, Eclipse, Sentry and Legend Countertop.

The product was sold to bottled water companies and other U.S. and Canadian businesses, which sold or leased the coolers from 1997 through 2002. BJ's Wholesale Club and Sam's Club stores sold them nationwide from 1999 through October 2003 for $139 to $149.

Owners can learn whether their water coolers are included in the recall by entering serial numbers on the company's Web site, or by contacting the company at 1-800-788-2499, weekdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT.

Recalled coolers should be unplugged. Free repair kits are available through the company.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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