|June 28, 1978
|Release # 78-056|
Sewing Machine Quality Assurance Program Announced
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28)-- Bernina Sewing Machines of Switzerland, in cooperation
with the (CPSC), today announced a voluntary
correct ive action program involving the Type 213 foot pedals of Bernina sewing machines
manufactured between late 1969 and January, 1976.
Sewing machine owners will be notified directly by the company and sent an easy-
to-install kit, free of charge, to remedy the problem.
The foot pedal (or speed regulator) of the sewing machine may overheat if a switch
within the pedal remains in a "closed" position. This may increase the possibility of a short
circuit or fire in the pedal.
As a safety precaution, owners are urged to unplug the machine when not in use and
to avoid placing foreign objects on or near the foot pedal.
According to Bernina, no injuries have been reported in connection with the sewing
machines sold with this foot pedal. To correct the overheating problem, Bernina is offering
a thermally activated switch for all the Type 213 black foot pedals. This number is stamped
on the bottom of the foot pedal. (Those pedals stamped with a blue "T" already contain
the thermally activated switch.)
Bernina is identifying and contacting the owners of these sewing machines by letter
to advise them that the thermally activated switch should be installed without delay.
In addition, Bernina retailers will assist any consumer having difficulty in replacing
the switch and have posted in-store notices explaining the problem.
Consumers with the Type 213 foot pe dals should contact their local Bernina retailer
or any of Bernina's four American distributors if they have not been notified by the company
or if they have questions concerning the recall program. The four American distributors
are: Larson Bernina Corporation, 2017 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407; Swiss-Bernina
Inc., 534 W. Chestnut Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521; Bernina Sewing Machine Company, Inc.,
70 Orchard Drive, North Salt Lake, UT 84054; and Bernina Distributors, Inc., 2401 S. Hill
Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.