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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 1995

Release # 96-014
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Seven Importers Recall Electric Hair Dryers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and seven importers announced today the voluntary recall of approximately 28,000 electric hand-held hair dryers that do not contain an immersion protection plug, which can prevent electrocution if the dryers are dropped in water.

Each year, between 15 and 20 people are electrocuted by hand-held hair dryers. Most of these deaths occurred when a hair dryer was immersed in water while the victim was bathing. About half of the electrocutions involved children under ten years old.

The current voluntary industry standard requires hand-held hair dryers to provide full immersion protection when in either the "on" or "off" position. The recalled dryers do not have this protection.

The following importers of electric hand-held hair dryers are participating in this voluntary recall:

IMPORTER QUANTITIES/DATES SOLD
Dubl Duck/Jet Set, Inc.
Valley Cottage, NY
Black Jet Model 1700
(914) 268-4245
2759 units distributed
from 7/94 to 7/95
P&K Trading, Inc.
Long Island City, NY
National Model EH-788
(718) 784-0730/TD>
5420 units distributed
from 1990 to 12/94
Mercantile Wholesale, Inc.
New York, NY
Turbo Model 1000
(212) 695-4114
276 units distributed
from 8/94 to 6/95
J&D Beauty Products, Inc.
Hauppauge, NY
#1707 Micro Pro 1200
#1708 Mini Pro 1500
#1709 Pik Pro 1600
(800) 523-2889
4650 units distributed
from 8/1/94 to 2/95
Chandur Hasso
New York, NY
Pro 1600 model
(212) 268-6265
6000 units distributed
from 4/94 to 2/95
Panwira
New York, NY
HD-200 and HD-2000 models
(212) 889-3150
7536 units distributed
from 9/94 to 9/95
AAA Electronics
New York, NY
Model HD-868
(212) 643-6686
600 units distributed
from 10/94 to 9/95

These electric hand-held hair dryers were sold at various retail stores and beauty supply outlets. Consumers who own the brands of hair dryers listed above should call the company to receive a replacement dryer or to arrange a repair.

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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