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January 18, 1995

Release # 95-060
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1166

CPSC, Hills Department Stores Recalls Wooden Children's Lamps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hills Department Stores of Canton, Mass., is voluntarily recalling 6,500 Beacon Hill wooden children's lamps with dinosaur, frog, airplane, and rocking horse shaped bases. Because of an assembly defect in the light bulb socket, the lamp can short circuit, creating a fire or electric shock hazard.

Hills Department Stores received one complaint in 1994 of a defective lamp that short circuited. A 28-year-old Pennsylvania man reportedly turned on the lamp and received a shock that blew out the house circuit breaker.

The lamps measure 16 inches tall, come with a white and red striped shade, and have green, red, and yellow painted wooden bases. Hills sold them exclusively in 1993 and 1994 for under $15. The lamp cartons are marked as SKU #8000 for the dinosaur, and SKU #8001 for the frog, airplane, or rocking horse.

Consumers who own one or more of these lamps should stop using them and return them to a Hills Department Store for a full refund.

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