|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 1999
Release # 00-042
|Company Phone Number: (800) 444-4909
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, Rich Pacific Ltd. Announce Recall of Christmas Lights
Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rich Pacific Ltd., of Plainview, N.Y., is recalling approximately 100,000 sets of miniature Christmas lights and icicle- style lights. CPSC has found that these lights have undersized wires that can pull out of the plugs and individual light sockets, posing shock or fire hazards.
CPSC and Rich Pacific have not received any reports of injuries or incidents involving these light sets. This recall is being conducted to prevent injury.
The recall involves sets of 100 lights in both traditional and icicle styles. The icicle lights have white wires and sockets, and no labeling on the light set. They are packaged in red boxes labeled, in part, "100 Icicle Lights," and "Manufactured to Previous Approved Specification." Printed on the back of the package is, in part, "Made in China for Pergament" and number "11181."
The traditional string light sets have either clear or multicolored lights, green wiring and sockets, and no labeling on the light sets. They are packaged in red boxes labeled, in part, "100 Christmas Lights," "STRING-A-LIGHT," and "Manufactured to Previous Approved Specifications." Printed on the back of the packaging is written, in part, "Made in China for Pergament" and number "10040" or "10041." Pergament Home Center stores in New York sold these lights from October 1999 through December 1999 for between $2 and $6.
Consumers should immediately stop using these lights and return them to the store where purchased for store credit. For more information, call Rich Pacific Ltd. at (800) 444-4909 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Pergament lights that have an Underwriters Laboratories' (UL) label are not part of this recall.
This is the second recall of Christmas lights announced this December.
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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