March 19, 1990
Pierre Cardin "Elegance" Hand-Held Hair Dryers Recalled
New York, NY (SafetyAlerts) - Pierre Cardin
"Elegance" model EL203 hand-held hair dryers are being voluntarily recalled by
the importer, Arrow Trading Company because of a potential electrocution hazard to
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the hair dryer does not
protect consumers against the possibility of electrocution should the product fall into a
water-filled sink or bathtub while the switch is in the "off" position. CPSC
estimates that 17 people -- 10 of whom are children under 10 years of age -- are
electrocuted each year in similar accidents involving hand-held hair dryers. The agency
said the recall is part of its continuing effort to reduce risk of electrocution and
injury with electrical products around the home.
Arrow Trading Company said "Elegance" model E1203 hair dryers were sold
nationwide through a variety of retailers.
Consumers should return the hair dryer to the place of purchase for a full refund.
CPSC Chairman Jacqueline Jones-Smith said, "CPSC investigations have shown that
children often use these appliances as devices for bath-time play. Children left
unattended in the bathtub can bring a hair dryer into the tub, resulting in electrocution.
While any child's death is tragic, these electrocutions are particularly devastating
because they are preventable."
CPSC urged consumers to have ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) installed in
bathroom and kitchen circuits to reduce chances of electrocution. Jones-Smith added,
"At the very least, small appliances like hair dryers and curling irons should never
be left plugged in, especially in homes with young children."
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