(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
|Release # 94-023
Target Stores Recall Artificial Pine
Christmas Trees and Accompanying Extension Cords: Fire Risk Cited
PRODUCT: Approximately 1,500 "Greatland 7'
Lighted Aleutian Pine Christmas Trees," and accompanying extension cord sold
nationwide by Target Stores from September 1993 through December 2, 1993. The artificial
trees feature pre-attached miniature lights.
PROBLEM: The extension cords supplied with the lighted trees may overheat or melt. A
potential fire hazard in or near the extension cord is present.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately stop using the extension cord and return the cord
and tree to their nearest Target store for a full refund.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Target Stores, Minneapolis, MN, is voluntarily recalling "Greatland 7' Lighted
Aleutian Pine Christmas Trees" and accompanying extension cord. Four Target stores
have reported overheated or melted extension cords attached to the artificial trees in
store displays. Also, two consumers have reported similar electrical problems with their
trees. No fires or injuries have been reported to date.
The Greatland 7' Lighted Aleutian Pine Christmas Trees and accompanying extension cord
were sold nationwide in Target stores from September 1993 to December 2, 1993. The
artificial trees, which sold for either $149.99 or $199.99, feature "1,280
pre-attached, evenly spaced clear, or colored miniature lights." Approximately 1,500
trees are believed to be in use by consumers.
Consumers should immediately stop use of the extension cord supplied with the trees and
return the cord and tree to their nearest Target store for a full refund of the purchase
CPSC learned of this problem from representatives of Target Stores. The trees were
manufactured in China and sold nationwide by Target Stores.
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 Commission's
objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated
each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
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
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