About 9,000 wire feed welders have been recalled by Star Asia USA, LLC. The wire welder’s torch does not have a cold contactor as erroneously stated on the packaging and instruction manual. Without having this part, the welder generates an electrical arc immediately upon contact with the welding material, which can be harmful to consumers.

The recall involves the Vaper 90 amp flux wire feed welders with model number 41181. The welders are red and black and "Vaper" and "90 amp flux wire welder" can be found on the product’s operation panel. The model number can be located on the top right hand corner of the package and on the first page of the manual. They were sold at Pep Boys, Auto Zone and other auto parts store nationwide from October 2006 through March 2010 for about $170.

Consumer’s should stop using the welder immediately and contact Star Asia to obtain a corrected manual and packaging.

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