April 12, 1990

(301) 504-7908

Release # 90-069


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four models of Charmglow electric bug killers which may present a fire hazard to consumers are being recalled by the importer, Allied Tube and Conduit Corporation, of Harvey, IL. Originally released last summer, this recall notice is being reissued because of the low number of bug killers returned by consumers.

Charmglow is taking this action because infrequent cleaning of insect accumulation in the units in conjuction with high- humidity conditions can cause the product to catch fire. The company is aware of approximately 20 fires which caused property damage resulting from this device.

Manufactured in Taiwan, the recalled bug killers are models 071512 (15 watt), 073425 (25 watt), 074001 (40 watt) and 078012 (80 watt). The model numbers are printed on the label affixed to the top of the unit. Some 8,000 units were sold in 1987 by department, discount and hardware stores.

Consumers should discontinue using the bug killer and call Allied Tube and Conduit Corporation toll-free at 1-800-558-5502 for instructions on returning the unit for a refund of the purchase price; Illinois residents should call 1-800-654-5810.