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April 24, 1996

Release # 96-108
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Anam Industrial Announce Light Switch Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Anam Industrial Company, Wiring Device Division, of Seoul, Korea, is recalling about 12,000 Wall Mount Flush switches distributed under the name "TWI LITE Illuminated Switches." The wiring diagram on the package is incorrect. If the switch is wired according to the diagram printed on the package, there is a direct short in the circuit when the switch is turned on. Improper installation of the switch could result in a fire hazard.

Anam Industrial has not received any reports of short circuits or incidents involving personal injury or property damage. The switch itself is not defective, only the wiring diagram on the package is incorrect. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The white or ivory switchplates, measuring 2.75 inches wide by 4.5 inches long, have gold trim and either one, two or three light switches with green or red pilot LED lamps. Item numbers on the packaging for the switches start with ALW. The switches are packaged on yellow, white, and blue cards labeled in part, "TWI LITE Illuminated switches for your home ... Side-to-Side operation ... Snap-On Screwless Faceplate ... Removable Touch-Pad for easy Cleaning ... Bright LED Illumination ..."

Orchard Supply Hardware stores in California sold the switches from March 1995 through March 1996. Price/Costco stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii sold the switches from July 1995 through March 1996, and Builders Square stores in Colorado, Ohio, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico sold the switches from September 1995 through March 1996. The switches sold for approximately $6.00 to $20.00 each.

Consumers who purchased TWI LITE switches should destroy the wiring diagram on the packaging and call Kenny Kim at (800) 220-9294. Adaptech will send consumers a correct wiring diagram within a few days. Consumers can also write to Kenny Kim at Adaptech, Inc., 3158 River Road, Des Plaines, Ill. 60018.

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