Harris Recalls Two Models of Welding Torches

Washington, DC, July 31, 2014 — Harris Products Group has recalled two models of its welding torch handles due to the potential of an oxygen leak which could pose a fire hazard.


Name of Product: Welding torch handles


Hazard: The torch handles can leak oxygen or fuel, posing a fire hazard.

Units: About 13,000 in the U.S. and 350 in Canada


Description: This recall involves two models of torch handles that were sold under the Lincoln Electric® and Harris Products Group® brand names. The torch handles are used in welding. They are gold in color and made out of brass. Welding torch model numbers include 18-5 and 85. Manufacture date codes include FM, GA, GB and GC. The model number and date code are stamped on the torch handle at the end closest to the flame.  The torch handles were sold individually and also as part of the following kits.  Units with “0” above the word “Harris” and to the right of the rivet head are not included in this recall.



Incidents/Injuries: None reported


Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torch handles and contact Harris Products Group to receive a free replacement.


Sold at: Home Depot and Lowes stores, industrial gas distributors including Airgas, Praxair and Matheson and other retailers nationwide, and online at www.homedepot.com andwww.lowes.com from December 2013 through May 2014 for between $125 and $450 when sold individually and for between $250 and $1,230  when sold as part of a kit.


Importer: Harris Products Group, of Gainesville, Ga.


Manufactured in: Poland


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