FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 12, 1974

 

Release # 74-006


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 12)--The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today learned that an additional 12,148 of the hazardous "Rainbow Lamps," also known as "Mini Shadowy Stand" lamps, have been purchased by consumers from Spencer Gifts, Inc., 1601 Albany Avenue Boulevard, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401.The Commission urges consumers to immediately discontinue use of the lamp because it contains defects which could result in fatal electric shock.warningFebruary 6 to consumers who had purchased 35,000 of the lamps mail order from Greenland Studios, Miami, Florida.

The lamps, which were imported from Taiwan and retailed for $1.99, were advertised in the Spencer Catalog that was mailed to several million consumers over the past few months. The catalog advertisements carry the model number 10504, but the number does not appear on the lamp or package.The Commission warned consumers to use "extreme care" in disconnecting the lamp plug from electrical outlets and to avoid touching any metal objects while doing so.The lamp is designed to cast shadows of various shapes on walls when in use and has been advertised as providing a "sea of whirling colors." Consumers Union notified the Commission of the possible hazard on February 1, 1974. The Commission immediately secured samples of the lamp and began testing.

Further importation and sales of the lamps have been halted, and the Commission said the company is cooperating fully with the Commission and has voluntarily agreed to refund the full purchase price on all returns, including cost of postage. In addition, the company has agreed to make a direct mailing to known purchasers warning them of the hazard and offering to replace the lamps.