|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2001
Release # 02-076
|Flora-Lite Recall Hotline: (800) 411-7381
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Flora-Lite Co., of Clearwater, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 7,500 strings of Christmas lights. The lights' wires can be easily pulled out of the plugs and light sockets. The lights could pose electrocution and electric shock hazards to consumers and could pose a fire hazard.
CPSC and Flora-Lite Co. are not aware of any injuries or incidents associated with these Christmas lights. This recall is being conducted to prevent injuries.
The "Rice Lights" are 22-feet long with 140 non-replaceable miniature lights on each string. They have multicolor bulbs with green wire, clear bulbs with white wire, or clear bulbs with green wire. The fused plug reads "TING SHEN," and "TS-20." The lights have a push-button control box that allows for eight different lighting effects, including "CHASING FLASH," SLOW FADE" and STEADY ON." There is no mark of an independent testing laboratory. The packaging is a green box that included the writing, "Rice Lights," "Flora-Lite Co., Clearwater, FL" and "Made in China."
Specialty garden stores nationwide sold these Christmas light sets from June 2001 through December 2001 for about $20.
Consumers should stop using these recalled light sets immediately and return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Flora-Lite Co. at (800) 411-7381 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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