Philips Lighting Recalls EnergySaver and Marathon Compact Fluorescent Dimmable Reflector Flood Lamps Due to Laceration Hazard

The glue that attaches the glass outer envelope or globe to the body of the lamp can fail.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2011
Release #11-302
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 622-6372
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Philips Lighting Recalls EnergySaver and Marathon Compact Fluorescent Dimmable Reflector Flood Lamps Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: EnergySaver a/k/a/Marathon or Marathon Classic Compact Fluorescent Dimmable Reflector lamps

Units: About 1.86 million

Manufacturer: Philips Lighting Company of Somerset, N.J.

Hazard: The glue that attaches the glass outer envelope or globe to the body of the lamp can fail allowing the glass outer envelope to fall and strike persons and objects below, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Philips has received 700 reports of lamps where the glue failed and the glass outer envelope fell, including two reports of minor injury and three reports of minor property damage.

Description: This recall involves Philips EnergySaver, a/k/a Marathon and Marathon Classic Compact Fluorescent dimmable reflector lamps, models R30, R40 and PAR 38 manufactured between March 2007 and May 2010. The following are the model numbers and Universal Product Code (UPC) numbers of the lamps included in this recall:

Product DescriptionModel NumberUPC
EnergySaver (a/k/a Marathon or Marathon Classic)
Dimmable R30 Reflector Flood
EL/A R30 Dim 16w 46677 13 7076 and
46677 15 0419
EnergySaver (a/k/a Marathon or Marathon Classic)
Dimmable R40 Reflector Flood
EL/A R40 Dim 20w 46677 13 7083 and
46677 15 0426
EnergySaver (a/k/a Marathon or Marathon Classic)
Dimmable Par38 Reflector Flood
EL/A Par38 Dim 20w 46677 14 6443 and
46677 15 0433

Model numbers are printed on the white ceramic area at the base of the lamps. For boxed products, the UPC number is on the bottom of the box. For products in blister cards, the UPC is at the top right corner of the back of the package.

The affected products also have dates codes from March 2007 through May 2010 as follows:

Date Code on ProductMonth and Date of Production
C7 to M7 March to December 2007
A8 to M8 January to December 2008
A9 to D9 January to April 2009
0916 to 0953 April to December 2009
1001 to 1022 January to May 2010

Date codes are located on the lamps themselves, either stamped into the metal gold base of the lamp or in the white ceramic area with other product information.

Sold at: Grocery and home center stores nationwide, online retailers, and professional electrical distributors from March 2007 through July 2011, for between $11 and $24.

Manufactured in: Mexico and Poland.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and contact Philips to receive instructions on how to receive a free replacement lamp.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Philips toll-free at (866) 622-6372 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's website at www.recall.philips.com/en_us.html

Picture of bottom panels of individual boxes showing location of UPC codes

UPC numbers are found on the bottom panel of individual boxes (above)
and on the upper right side of the back of blister packs (below).


Picture of blister packs showing location of UPC codes

Picture of various packagings for model EL/A R30

Picture of various packagings for model EL/A Par 38

Model numbers are printed on the white ceramic area at the base of the lamps.

Picture of various packagings for model EL/A R40

Detail of bulbd bases showing location of date codes

Date codes are printed on the white ceramic area or stamped in the gold metal at the base of the lamps.