February 15, 2001
Release # 01-084
Pebco Hairdryer Hotline: (888) 391-0900
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson, (301) 504-7051

CPSC, Pebco Inc. Announce Recall of Hairdryers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pebco Inc., of Congers, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 22,500 hairdryers. These hairdryers have undersized wiring, are not equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters to cut off electrical current in case of contact with water, and have loose electrical connections. The hairdryers pose an electrocution and fire hazard to consumers.

CPSC and Pebco have not received any reports of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The recalled hair dryers sold under the Pebco and Dubl Duck brand names are identified as the Black Jet 1200, Black Jet 1700, and Pebco 1500 models. The model name is on the air intake grill. A label, on the hairdryer's handle, reads in part, "DO NOT USE/IMMERSE IN WATER...Made in China." The 1200 and 1700 models are black, with gold lettering on the hairdryer; and the 1500 model is white, with purple lettering.

Beauty Salons and hair care stores nationwide sold the hairdryers from March 1999 through December 2000 for between $25 to $30.
Picture of hairdryers

Consumers should stop using the hairdryers immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call Pebco Inc. toll-free at (888) 391-0900 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.