(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
|Release # 93-008
Toro and Lunalite Recall to Repair
Outdoor Lighting System 12-Volt Power Packs
PRODUCT: Cable connectors of Toro and Lunalite
brand outdoor lighting system 12-volt power packs. Affected Toro replacement power packs
are 118-48, 118-DT, 118-IR, 160-IR, 52945, 52998, 52999, 52925, and 52927. Certain
Lunalite original power packs rated at 108 or 118 watts distributed in 1986 and 1987 are
PROBLEM: Corrosion of the cable connectors could cause overheating and melting of the wire
insulation, possibly resulting in a short-circuit and fire.
WHAT TO DO: Toro is offering owners of affected products a repair kit. For more
information, call 1-800-321-8676.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
the Toro Company of Bloomington, MN today announced a repair program for the cable
connectors of approximately 25,000 Toro and Lunalite brand outdoor lighting system 12-volt
power packs. Toro found that corrosion of these cable connectors could cause overheating
and melting of the wire insulation, possibly resulting in a short circuit and a fire if
combustible materials were nearby. Toro informed CPSC of 26 overheating or fire incidents
that were reported to the company by April 1992. None of these reported incidents resulted
The repair program includes the following nine Toro replacement power pack models
distributed since January 1988: 118-48, 118-DT, 118-IR, 160-IR, 52945, 52998, 52999,
52925, and 52927. Toro original equipment is not affected. Also involved are certain
Lunalite original power packs rated at 108 or 118 watts distributed in 1986 and 1987.
These Lunalite power packs have a wiring connector located between the power pack and the
first light. The Toro and Lunalite brand power packs were sold nationwide by a variety of
retailers and Toro for $35 to $45.
Each power pack is designed to be installed on the outside wall of a house or garage near
an electrical receptacle. The cable and one or more cable connectors for the outdoor
lights are located below the power pack and on the ground.
Owners can identify potentially defective cable connectors by checking the back of the
Toro replacement power pack for one of the above listed model numbers, or for the Lunalite
brand name on the front of the original power pack with the 108 or 118 watt rating on the
back and a wiring connector between the power pack and the first light. Consumers with
affected units should call Toro at 1-800-321-8676. Toro will send owners installation
instructions and a repair kit. For questions about installation, owners may call Toro at
1-612-887-7399. Owners should disregard this notice if they have already replaced their
cable connectors with a Toro repair kit.
CPSC is announcing this repair program as part of its mission to protect the public from
the unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The
Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths
associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to email@example.com.