|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 1995
Release # 95-159
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187
CPSC and Wayne Industries Announce Recall
to Fix Signs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wayne Industries Inc. of Clanton, Ala., is
voluntarily recalling over 40,000 portable electric advertising signs. The signs lack
ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and could expose consumers to electric shock or
CPSC is aware of one fatality in which a consumer was electrocuted after touching a sign
which had been altered. A second consumer has claimed injuries after being shocked by the
The white signs measuring 40 inches by eight feet have a black metal frame. The signs are
illuminated from inside and have a large, black arrow with yellow lights across the top.
Letters can be attached to both sides of the sign. A label on the side of the sign
identifies the manufacturer as Wayne Industries. The signs were sold nationwide from
January 1982 to January 1995 for about $300 in warehouse clubs and various other retailers
such as Sam's Warehouse Club, Warehouse Depot, and BJ's Wholesale.
Consumers who own a sign manufactured by Wayne Industries should disconnect it immediately
and inspect their signs for two buttons marked "T" and "R" located
underneath the small cover near the tip of the arrow. The recalled signs do not have these
buttons and lack ground fault protection. Consumers should call Wayne Industries at (800)
239-9990 to obtain an attachable ground fault circuit interrupter. This recall applies
only to 40 inch by 8 foot portable electric advertising signs that lack GFCI protection.
Signs with an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Label have GFCI protection and are not part
of this recall.
CPSC recommends that all outdoor portable electric signs have GFCI protection. CPSC
encourages consumers to inspect their signs for adequate ground fault protection.
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 email@example.com.