|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2009
Release # 10-014
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 655-4339
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Idea Village Recalls Wireless Light Switches Due to Fire 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: Handy Switch, Wireless Light Switches
Units: About 1.3 million
Distributor: Idea Village Products Corp., of Wayne (formerly of Fairfield), N.J.
Hazard: The light switch receiver, which fits into the wall outlet, can overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 14 reports of overheating, including nine reports of fire, five of which involved property damage such as minor damage to curtains, bedding or walls.
Description and Model: The Handy Switch is a white plastic wireless remote light switch with model number KS-080 printed on the back of the receiver. On the front of the receiver is a blue electroluminescent nightlight.
Sold at: Mass merchandisers and drug store chains nationwide, through television infomercials and the Internet from March 2007 through July 2009 for between $10 and $15.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the product and contact IdeaVillage to learn about free remedy options.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Idea Village toll-free at (888) 655-4339 between 5 am and 6 pm PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.handyswitchrecall.com
Firm’s Media Contact: David Epstein at (800) 765-2994
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