The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 26, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, October 26, 1996
Page 7
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL CONSUMER SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1996 A7 . T CONSUMER CORNER Manufacturer extends warranty with a little nudging Consumers should take time to compare warranties before making purchase Dear Attorney General Stovall: About three years ago, we purchased a new washing machine. The .cost was a little more than $600. While my wife was washing a load of clothes recently, we noticed the machine was leaking water on the floor. We called the service department at the store where we bought the unit. (The store is also an authorized service center for CARLA ] STOVALL J Kansas Attorney, Genetal i - * - j T RECALL | Candy pail I recalled for I lead paint * By The Associated Press •^ ___ - _ — _ 5 > CINCINNATI - A Cincinnati ' company is recalling nearly 12,000 J plastic Halloween candy buckets ', because the paint used on them » has lead in it. p'The pails look like jack-o- 'Janterns, skulls or Frankenstein heads. ... The U,S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it found high levels of lead in black, yellow and red paint on the buckets. The paint can £ause lead poisoning if eaten by a young child. The treats pails have been sold in sets of six, with a label that says "Happy Halloween" and includes the name of the company, Direct Source International. Dave Buck, senior account manager for the company, said the buckets were sold to the Kroger Co., which distributed them to its stores in Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky., Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., Houston, Dallas and parts of Michigan and Mississippi. Kroger also distributed them to its Dillon stores in Hutchinson, Kan., and City Markets and King Super stores in Colorado. Buck said his company bought the buckets from a Hong Kong distributor called Simple Symbol. "We've been in contact with them and all of their tests state the lead concentrations are safe," Buck said. "But we had.conflicting reports from four different labs, so we pulled them last Friday." (Consumers- are urged to return trie" items to stores for refunds. T AUTO SAFETY this brand appliance). The repairman who came out and looked at the washer told us the seals were worn out. We do not believe a three-year old washfer, should have worn-out seals. My wife and I do not have children so we do not have more than three or four loads of wash per week. I believe this machine must have had defective seals when we bought it. Attorney General Stovall, the repairman told us it would cost about $250 to repair the machine. I do not believe this is right. I feel the store or the manufacturer should bear the expense of this repair, but both have told us the one-year warranty on parts and labor has expired. Can you help us? Dear Kansas Consumer: The initial response from the seller was similar to the response you received (the washer is no lohger under factory warranty). The seller suggested we contact the manufacturer. Although he offered to help in anyway he could, the store owner felt he could not be responsible for merchandise that is almost four years old. Fortunately, the manufacturer was more cooperative. After requesting some pertinent information which included a copy of the repair estimate, the manufacturer authorized its service center to cover the cost of the parts, even though the washer is past its warranty coverage. We understand you were satisfied with this arrangement, even though you had to pay for the labor. While written or express warranties are not required by law, most product manufacturers extend them. Because warranties may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, consumers should compare warranties just as they compare other characteristics of a product. The Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975 requires the warranties be available for the consumer to read before making a purchase. When reading the warranty, take notice of what is covered and what is excluded. How long will the coverage last? Find out where you have to go to get repairs. Often service centers are in a location that will require the consumer to ship the product for service. This can be expensive. Only after you have considered everything that the manufacturer or seller is offering, should you make your decision to purchase. $ taking look *. i 4 r • 1 at GM air bags ^\fi ' • '*• • . py The Associated Press ^WASHINGTON — Government ^pgineers ape studying the air-bag ^ystems income General Motors •prs to see if there is'a defect that ',G$uses them to deploy inadvertently. $*Five motorists say airbags in jtheir GM cars popped open unexpectedly while they were on the ;rbad, the National Highway Traf- 'fic Safety Administration report- led Thursday. ; Investigators said both front air ;bags deployed while drivers were i traveling between 10 mph and 40 Imph because the module that con- Itrols whether or not the air bag ! should be activated was corroded. ; In all five cases, the carpeting be- ;neath the front passenger seat, where i the module is located, was soaked. • GM cars with the same module are the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina, ! 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