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May 30, 1996

Release # 96-135
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Quality Craft Announce Portable Halogen Work Light Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Quality Craft of Lilburn, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 75,000 portable halogen outdoor work lights. Water could leak into the lights, presenting a serious shock hazard which could cause serious injury or a possible fatality. In addition, the internal wiring temperature may exceed limits that are safe, posing a fire hazard.

The yellow and black portable halogen work lights, measuring 12 inches high from the base to the top of the handle, have a black cord. A sticker on one side of the light casing is labeled, "UL Underwriters Laboratories E 127638." A warning label on the other side of the casing reads in part, "WARNING - LAMP IS HOT!!!" The lights are packaged in a white cardboard box with a photo of the lamp, labeled in part "500 WATT HALOGEN WORK LIGHT ... Powerful Outdoor Lighting ... Quality Craft ... QH-505 ..."

This recall affects only Quality Craft Halogen Work Lights with model number QH-505 and UL number E 127638. No other Quality Craft products are involved in this recall.

Menards, Inc. home center and building supply stores throughout the upper midwest sold the lights from November 1994 through July 1995 for $9.95.

Consumers should stop using these portable halogen work lights immediately and return them to the nearest Menards for a full refund or replacement light. For more information, consumers should call Quality Craft at (800) 200-2199.

Quality Craft is not aware of any injuries associated with these work lights. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

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