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December 1, 1994

Release # 95-033
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC & Tech Mart Recall Christmas Lights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today the voluntary recall of Christmas lights imported by Tech Mart Inc. of Houston, Texas. The lights, which may present a fire hazard, were distributed between October 24, 1994, through November 14, 1994, in wholesale and retail stores in Illinois, Georgia, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, and Maryland.

The 30,000 Christmas lights included in this recall have no fuse protection and contain inadequate wiring, which could result in a fire. The lights can be identified by the following labeling on its box:

  1. 35 MINIATURE LIGHTS - " Juego De Luces De Navidad" Made in China
  2. 50 MINIATURE LIGHTS - 3 Way Flasher - "For indoor and outdoor use, pre tested, guaranteed to light, full size set, Juego De Luces De Navidad" Made in China
  3. 100 MINIATURE LIGHTS - 5 Way Flasher - "For indoor use, pre-tested, guaranteed to light, full size set, Juego De Luces De Navidad" Made in China
  4. 140 CHASING LIGHTS - "Juego De Luces De Navidad" - Made in China

The lights were sold for about $1.00 at the following wholesale and retail stores: Dollar Wholesale, Kennesaw, Ga.; Just Ninety-nine cents, Chicago, Ill.; Dollar King, Minneapolis, Minn.; Dollar Haven, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Starco, Beaumont, Texas; E-Z Trade Mart, Houston, Texas; and Dollar Place, Rockville, Md.

While Tech Mart Inc. has received no reports of injuries with these lights to date, consumers who own the Christmas lights should stop using them immediately and return them to the place where they were purchased for a full refund. Further questions concerning the recall should be directed to Tech Mart Inc. at (800) 288-3189.

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to