Hazardous materials transportation: Safety advisories— 3AL cylinders; manufacturer product recall,


[Federal Register: October 21, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 203)]


[Page 56835-56836]

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Research and Special Programs Administration

[Docket No. RSPA-99-5143 (Notice No. 99-12]

Safety Advisory; DOT-3AL Cylinders in Carbon Dioxide Service; Manufacturer Product Recall

AGENCY: Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), DOT.

ACTION: Safety advisory notice.

SUMMARY: RSPA was recently notified of certain cylinders that are stamped incorrectly with the marking ``DOT-3AL3000''. The cylinders should have been stamped ``DOT-3AL1800''. The manufacturer, Luxfer (USA), has initiated a product recall of the affected cylinders which are being used in carbon dioxide service. The purpose of this notice is to advise owners, users, and requalifiers of the cylinders to follow the precautionary measures outlined in this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Toughiry or Stanley Staniszewski, Office of Hazardous Materials Technology, Research and Special Programs Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington DC 20590-001; telephone number (202)366-4545.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Recently, RSPA was notified by Luxfer (USA) of the manufacture and sale of about 198 DOT-3AL specification cylinders incorrectly marked with a service pressure of 3000 pounds per square inch gauge (psig) instead of 1800 psig. The affected cylinders were manufactured in February 1994 and shipped during the first half of 1994. The model information is shown as follows: Coo5, 5 pound Carbon Dioxide (CO2) cylinders, Cast Code 787, Heat Treat Lot M98. Since contacting its customers about cylinders in May 1999, Luxfer (USA) has recovered seven cylinders in the following states: Maine, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.

The 191 unaccounted-for cylinders are marked with serial numbers X8321 through X8518. They may have been shipped to the following companies: Manitowoc Beverage System, Inc., Hart & Price, Inc., Joe Kirwan Company, Sanyo E & E Corporation, and Foxx Equipment Company.

If a hydrostatic pressure test is performed on one of these cylinders to the prescribed 5/3 times the marked service pressure, the cylinders are likely to fail at the 5,000 psig test pressure. RSPA is not aware of any injuries that have occurred as a result of these cylinders, but persons are advised that serious personal injury, death or property damage could result from a cylinder failure. All persons owning, using or having access to one of these cylinders should, as soon as possible, contact: Lee Birch, Product Compliance and Safety Manger, Luxfer (USA), 3016 Kansas Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507; telephone number (909) 341-2214; fax (909) 328-1117; Internet web site at www.luxfercylinders.com.

This safety advisory is available for review on the Internet by accessing the HazMat Safety Homepage at http://hazmat.dot.gov.

Issued in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 1999. Alan I. Roberts, Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.

[FR Doc. 99-27509Filed10-20-99; 8:45 am]