July 10, 1987  
Release # 87-040

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lowe's Companies, Inc., of North Wilkesboro, NC, is voluntarily recalling model BK-2000-7 electric bug killers.

Lowe's Companies Inc., is taking this action because infrequent cleaning of insect accumulation in the units in conjunction with high-humidity conditions can cause the products to catch fire. Lowe's is aware of 14 fires with this model, four of which caused property damage.

The model affected was sold at Lowe's stores in 21 states (see list attached) since March 15, 1987, and retailed for $19.99. Approximately 21,000 of these bug killers were distributed since spring.

The model BK-2000-7 "Insect Electrocutor" is black, approximately 13 inches high and 8 inches square. A label on the top of the unit shows the model number, item number 73012, and the UL listing mark. The units have a short black cord with a three prong plug.

If you have one of these bug killers, you should immediately discontinue use of the product and return the product to any Lowe's store for a new unit at no charge.

Lowe's recently identified this potential problem and voluntarily reported it to the CPSC.

To report unsafe consumer products or to receive safety information call the CPSC toll-free hotline number at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.

Picture of Bug Killer and List of Lowe's Stores