FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 1996
Release # 97-049
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), In-Mar Trading Inc. of Dorado, Puerto Rico is recalling over 140,000 Christmas light sets. The lights have no fuse protection and present a fire hazard due to inadequate wiring.
In-Mar is not aware of any fires or injuries involving these lights. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The Christmas lights can be identified by the following labeling on the box top:
- "CHRISTMAS ELEMENTS - 50 SUPER BRIGHT LIGHTS - indoor/outdoor - total length for each set 22 ft - flashing or non-flashing - guaranteed to light."
- "CHRISTMAS ELEMENTS - 100 SUPER BRIGHT LIGHTS - 5 WAY FLASH - this set is a Low Wattage Energy Saver."
- "CHRISTMAS ELEMENTS - 105 SUPER BRIGHT LIGHTS WITH CHASER - this set is a Low Wattage Energy Saver."
In-Mar Trading sold the lights in discount stores in Puerto Rico since October 1996 for about $2 to $5.
Consumers should stop using these lights immediately, and return the lights to the store where purchased for a full refund. If consumers have questions about this recall, they can call In-Mar at (809) 796-1560.
CPSC is recommending that consumers use the following light safety suggestions to ensure this holiday season is a safe and happy one.
- Look for a label stating that the lights were tested by a recognized testing laboratory.
- Check for fuses that guard against overload. An overload could cause a fire.
- Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, loose connections, and loose or missing bulbs. Replace defective bulbs, and if a set is damaged, do not buy or use the set.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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