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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
October 1, 1993
Release # 94-001

"Professional Styler" Hair Dryers Recalled Electrocution Risk Cited

PRODUCT: Approximately 10,000 "Professional Styler" hair dryers - model 600-53000, sold by MBR Industries Inc. primarily in Florida from 1990 through August 1993. The words "Professional Styler" or "Professional Styler by Pomair" are printed on the nozzle and the model number is embossed on the handle.

PROBLEM: The hair dryer contains a device intended to protect the consumer from electrocution in the event that the hair dryer falls into water while in the "power off" position. Thirty-six percent of the hair dryers tested by Commission staff revealed large amounts of current leakage during immersion while the power switches were in the "off" position.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately stop using the hair dryers and return them to: Customer Service, P.O. Box 640364, N. Miami, FL 33164. Consumers will receive a full refund of purchase price and postage. For further information call: (305) 769-1000, Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MBR Industries Inc., Miami, FL, is voluntarily recalling the "Professional Styler" hair dryer model 600-53000. The hair dryer contains a protective device intended to prevent electrocution in the event the hair dryer falls into water while in the "off" position. However, 36 percent of the hair dryers tested by Commission staff leaked large amounts of electric current during immersion while in the "off" position. A consumer who attempts to retrieve an immersed dryer in the "off" position may be electrocuted. No incidents have been reported to the firm to date.

The hair dryers - "Professional Styler" model 600-53000 - were sold from 1990 through August 1993 primarily in Florida through specialty stores. The words "Professional Styler" or "Professional Styler by Pomair" are printed on the nozzle and the model number is embossed on the handle. Approximately 10,000 products are believed to be in use by consumers.

Consumers should stop using affected products and return them to: Customer Service, P.O. Box 640364, N. Miami, FL 33164. for a full refund, including postage. For more information call MBR at (305) 769-1000, Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

CPSC is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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