April 21, 1997
Release # 97-106
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Division Sales Inc. Announce Hair Dryer
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Division Sales Inc. of Itasca, Ill., is
recalling about 8,000 hand-held hair dryers. Since these hair dryers do not have a ground
fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plug, they present a risk of electrocution if dropped in
water while the dryer is plugged in and in either the "on" or "off"
The current voluntary industry standard, which has been in effect since January 1, 1991,
requires hand-held hair dryers to provide full immersion protection when in either the
"on" or "off" position. Before the use of immersion protection
devices, there were an estimated average of 18 electrocutions involving hand-held hair
dryers each year. Since the introduction of immersion protection devices for hand-held
hair dryers, the estimated average has decreased to two electrocutions a year.
CPSC and Division Sales Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these hair dryers.
This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The hair dryer is made of white plastic and has the words "PROFESSIONAL
STYLER...ASBESTOS FREE...HD-20...MADE IN CHINA" printed on it. The hair dryer has an
ordinary plug rather than a GFCI plug to prevent electric shocks.
The hair dryer is packaged in triangle-shaped cardboard box labeled in part,
"Professional HAIR~DRYER HD-20." There is a picture of the hair dryer on the
Independent discount and variety stores nationwide sold the hair dryers from December 1994
through February 1997 for about $11.
Consumers should stop using the recalled hair dryers immediately and return them to the
store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call Division
Sales Inc. at (800) 621-8134.
When buying a hair dryer, consumers should look for a large, rectangular-shaped plug at
the end of the cord indicating the presence of a GFCI. The certification mark of a
recognized testing laboratory should also be visible on the hair dryer or on the hair
dryer's packaging. However, even with this improved protection, under no circumstances
should consumers use a hair dryer where it could come in contact with water. Electricity
and water are a potentially deadly combination.
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