FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

OCTOBER 1, 1993

 

Release # 94-001


PRODUCT: Approximately 10,000 "Professional Styler" hair dryers - model 600-53000, sold by MBR Industries Inc. primarily in Florida from 1990 through August 1993. The words "Professional Styler" or "Professional Styler by Pomair" are printed on the nozzle and the model number is embossed on the handle.

PROBLEM: The hair dryer contains a device intended to protect the consumer from electrocution in the event that the hair dryer falls into water while in the "power off" position. Thirty-six percent of the hair dryers tested by Commission staff revealed large amounts of current leakage during immersion while the power switches were in the "off" position.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately stop using the hair dryers and return them to: Customer Service, P.O. Box 640364, N. Miami, FL 33164. Consumers will receive a full refund of purchase price and postage. For further information call: (305) 769-1000, Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

WASHINGTON, DC -- CPSC, MBR Industries Inc., Miami, FL, is voluntarily recalling the "Professional Styler" hair dryer model 600-53000. The hair dryer contains a protective device intended to prevent electrocution in the event the hair dryer falls into water while in the "off" position. However, 36 percent of the hair dryers tested by Commission staff leaked large amounts of electric current during immersion while in the "off" position. A consumer who attempts to retrieve an immersed dryer in the "off" position may be electrocuted. No incidents have been reported to the firm to date.

The hair dryers - "Professional Styler" model 600-53000 - were sold from 1990 through August 1993 primarily in Florida through specialty stores. The words "Professional Styler" or "Professional Styler by Pomair" are printed on the nozzle and the model number is embossed on the handle. Approximately 10,000 products are believed to be in use by consumers.

Consumers should stop using affected products and return them to: Customer Service, P.O. Box 640364, N. Miami, FL 33164. for a full refund, including postage. For more information call MBR at (305) 769-1000, Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

CPSC is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products.