Recall: Ardica Recalls Heated Jackets and Vests Due to Burn Hazard


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2010
Release #10-186
Firm’s U.S. Recall Hotline: (877) 884-1921
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Ardica Recalls Heated Jackets and Vests Due to Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Jackets and Vests with Moshi Power Systems

Units: About 2,600

Importer: Ardica Technologies, of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: Electrical connections in the warming components in the jackets and vest can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received five reports of overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled jackets and vests are designed to work with the Ardica Moshi Power system. The Moshi Power System is marked with “Ardica”. The pouch below the collar of each garment is marked "Ardica Heat Power Charge." Each jacket and vest also has a power switch next to the logo on the front. The following models are affected by this recall: Ardica Enabled Mountain Hardwear Radiance Jackets, Refugium Jackets and Sitka Dutch Oven Vests. The Mountain Hardwear jackets have the Ardica name and logo on the right sleeve.

Sold at: Sporting goods and outdoor equipment retailers from August 2009 through February 2010 for between $230 and $425.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled jackets and vests, and contact Ardica for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Ardica Technologies toll-free at (877) 884-1921, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ardica.com

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1010

Ardica Moshi power system
Identifying marks The Moshi battery pack is marked with “Ardica” and “v.5 August 2009” on back.




Mountain Hardwear Products
Refugium Jacket

OM3306 is found on the care and content label inside the jacket.

The jacket was sold in the following colors:
- 010 Black
- 225 Otter
- 412 Sapphire
Radiance Jacket (Women’s Model)

OL3307 is found on the care and content label inside the jacket.

The jacket was sold in the following colors:
- 010 Black
- 109 Winter White
Identifying marks The battery pack pouch below the collar is marked "Ardica Heat Power Charge." The product also has a power switch next to the Mountain Hardwear logo on the front of the jacket. The Ardica name and logo appear on the right sleeve.




Sitka Product
Dutch Oven Vest
Identifying marks The battery pack pouch below the collar is marked "Ardica Heat Power Charge." The product also has a power switch next to the Sitka logo on the front of the vest.