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Torque Wrenches Recalled

Richard Abraham Herder KG Recalls Torque Wrenches Due to Risk of Injury

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2009) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Torcofix/Torcoflex and Mountz Torque Wrenches

Units: About 670

Importer: Mountz Inc., of San Jose, Calif.

Manufacturer: Richard Abraham Herder KG, of Solingen, Germany

Hazard: The internal spring mechanism on the wrench can fail or break, allowing bolts or screws to break or become unscrewed, posing a risk of injury to the user or bystander.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The wrenches were sold under three styles names: Richard Abraham Herder KG "Gedore/Rahsol" label, the Mountz "Titan" label, and the Mountz "Erico" label. Only wrenches with the serial numbers within the following ranges are included in the recall:

From serial no.To serial no.
12683681341104
A003977A039760
B000493B032301
C000001C017795
E000001E020205
F000001F013249
H000001H000128
21743402230753

Recalled wrenches include the following product/brand names and model numbers:

Product/Brand NameModel Nos.
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFIX K with Ratchet4550-10; 4550-20; 4550-30; 4550-40
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFLEX K with Ratchet3550-07; 3550-10; 3550-20; 3550-30; 3550-2006
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFIX Z with Spigot4410-01; 4420-01; 4430-01; 4440-01
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFIX SE with rectangle holder4100-01; 4200-02; 4201-01; 4300-01; 4301-01
GEDORE/RAHSOL TORCOFIX K US with Ratchet6550-15; 6551-07; 6551-10; 6551-30; 6551-60
MOUNTZ TITAN with Ratchet280012; 280013; 280014
MOUNTZ TITAN with Spigot280022; 280023; 280024
MOUNTZ ERICO ELT110D with RatchetELT110D

The serial number is printed on the side of every torque wrench and the model number is printed on the label on the front and the back of the steel tube.

Sold by: Mountz Inc. through wholesale catalog sales and wholesale through industrial distributors, private label (Erico) and direct to OEM's mostly in North America from July 2006 through April 2008 for between about $150 and $300.

Manufactured in: Solingen, Germany

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wrenches and contact Richard Abraham Herder KG to receive a repair or replacement wrench. Recalled wrenches can be sent to:

KLANN Tools, Inc.
7187 Bryhawke Circle, Suite 700
North Charleston, SC 29418
Mountz, Inc.
19051 Underwood Road
Foley, AL 36535

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact KLANN Tools toll-free at (866) 367-5526 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the firm's Web site at www.klanngedore.com

Picture of Recalled Torque Wrench   Picture of Recalled Torque Wrench

Picture of Recalled Torque Wrench   Picture of Recalled Torque Wrench

Picture of Recalled Torque Wrench   Picture of Recalled Torque Wrench
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2009
Release #09-212

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 367-5526
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

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