June 6, 2006
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Name of Product: Lighted Ficus Tree
Units: About 2,500
Distributors: LTD Commodities LLC, of Bannockburn, Ill.
Hazard: The lights attached to the ficus tree have undersized and exposed wires, which pose a risk of electric shock and fire hazards.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The pre-lit 5-foot ficus tree inside a bamboo basket includes a green light string featuring 70 clear mini bulbs wrapped and attached throughout the leaves and around the trunk. A silver holograph UL sticker and cautionary label with UL File number E254698, Model no. WL-70/2C is attached to the end of the cord. At the end of the decorative light string includes a tag with the marking "E254698" and model number WL-70/2C similar to the label shown in the photograph below.
Sold by: Catalogs nationwide and shipped between November 27, 2005 through December 11, 2005 for about $24.
Manufactured In: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the lights, remove the light string from the ficus tree and destroy the lights by cutting the cord. Consumers with affected lights will receive a free, new UL-listed light string set with shipments starting on June 12, 2006.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LTD Commodities toll-free at (866) 736-3654 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit our Web site at www.ltdcommodities.com
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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.
Please use the below phone number for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800