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January 2, 1996

Release # 96-058
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Atlas Electric Announce Portable Halogen Work Light Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Atlas Electric Corporation of Burlington, N.C., is voluntarily recalling approximately 15,600 portable halogen indoor/outdoor work lights, models CLP150, PQ150WS, PQ500WS, ST500 and TST500. Water may leak into the lights, component temperatures may exceed set limits, or the junction box may break away from the main bulb housing to expose live wires. Models ST500 and TST 500 may also tip over easily. As a result these work lights may pose a serious shock, burn or fire hazard.

The models subject to this recall were sold in white boxes and were printed in part with the Atlas address, Atlas logo, and model number, and "Made in China." Model ST500, sold since February 1995, is a single work light mounted on a tripod. Model TST500, sold since June 1995, consists of two work lights mounted on a tripod. Model CLP150, sold since July 1995, is a clip-on work light. Models PQ150WS and PQ500WS, sold since February 1995, consists of a light mounted on a small frame with a handle on top. All of the lights involved in this recall are black and yellow. Electrical distributors and retailers sold these work lights nationwide for approximately $11.95 to $35.95 for the light mounted on a tripod.

Atlas Electric Corporation has received no reports of injury associated with the use of these products.

Consumers should stop using these portable halogen work lights immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Atlas Electric's Operations Manager at (800) 849-8485.

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