February 5, 2009
Release #09-119

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 704-3595


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Intermatic DT17 Heavy Duty Digital Timers

Units: About 200,000

Importer: Intermatic Inc., of Spring Grove, Ill.

Manufacturer: Computime Ltd., of China

Hazard: The recalled timers can have a faulty ground connection, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled Intermatic DT17 heavy-duty digital timers are lamp and appliance timers. They were packaged as the "DT17C Heavy Duty Digital Timer" and the "DT17C8 Heavy Duty Digital Timer." The timer is white-colored and measures 3 3/8" tall x 2 5/8" wide x 1 5/8" deep. Only products with date codes of "40Z" through "52Z" or date codes ending in "A," "B" or "C" are included in the recall. The brand name "Intermatic" is molded on the front of the timer, and the model number ("DT17") and date code are printed on the back of the timer.

Sold at: Retailers and electrical distributors nationwide from September 2005 through December 2008 for between $15 and $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should unplug the timer immediately and contact Intermatic to obtain a free replacement including shipping.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Intermatic at (800) 704-3595 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at

Picture of Recalled Heavy Duty Digital Timer

Picture of Recalled Heavy Duty Digital Timer