|July 22, 1986
Release # 86-45
Gasoline Hose Swivel Connectors Recalled
Washington, DC -- In cooperation with the US Consumer Product
Safety Commission, Dover Corporation/OPW Division announced a voluntary
recall of its Model 34 Hose End Swivel. The announcement also renewed
calls for the return of OPW Model 33-C Swivels, which are the subject
of a voluntary recall begun by OPW in August, 1984. Both swivels are
used at Self-Service and Full-Service gas stations as connectors from
the pump hose to the nozzle.
OPW Division and CPSC have been informed of 12 incidents in which
the Model 34 Swivel failed, separating at the swivel elbow. An equal
number of Model 33-C failures have been reported. A recent incident
involving a Model 33-C resulted in severe burns to a service station
pump user who was sprayed with gasoline which later ignited.
The swivels were manufactured and distributed nationwide between
May 1983 and May 1986. Approximately 31,000 Model 33-C's and 53,000
Model 34's may still be in service. Both are clearly marked with the
OPW's distributors and customers are advised not to sell or use
OPW Models 33-C or 34 Swivels still in use or in stock. Replacement
swivels will be provided. A cash payment is being offered for the
return of units already installed on pumps.
Distributors and service station owners who need additional
information about the recall can call the OPW Division toll-free
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