February 21, 1974


Release # 74-011

WASHINGTON, D.C.(Feb. 21) --Consumers who have purchased the "Mini Shadowy Stand" lamp from discount stores or retail shops are urged to discontinue use of the lamp because it contains defects which could result in fatal electric shock, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said today.

The Commission warns consumers to use extreme care when unplugging the lamp and to avoid touching any metal objects while doing so. Consumers should return the lamp to the dealer from whom it was purchased for a full refund.

The Commission issued its fourth warning about the "Rainbow Lamp" following a report that an additional 4,800 of the hazardous revolving novelty lights have been sold to retail outlets nationwide by Dan Brechner & Company, Inc., an import company located at 1115 Broadway, New York, New York. The firm has agreed to alert the retail outlets to the hazard by direct mail and to repurchase the lamp from them.

The company listed the lamps, which were sold by the dozen, as Item Number 64219. The lamps were manufactured by Hsin Hsin Handicraft Factory in Taipei, Taiwan. The first warning to consumers was issued by the Commission on February 6th regarding 35,000 lamps sold mail order by Greenland Studios, Miami, Florida. Subsequently, it was found that another 20,000 of the lamps had been sold to consumers through catalogs and stores by Spencer Gifts, Inc., Atlantic City, New Jersey, and by Nancy Sales Company, Charlestown, Massachusetts.

All of the lamps involved in the warnings have been imported from Taiwan. They were sold to consumers for about $1.99.Commission officials said that the lamp, which was designed to cast shadows of various shapes on the wall, also may have been sold in the United States by several other firms.