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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 1997

Release # 97-119
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Kmart Corp. Announce Recall of Table Lamps

CPSC, Kmart Corp. Announce Recall of Table LampsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kmart Corp. of Troy, Mich., is recalling about 41,300 table lamps. The lamps can short circuit and ignite, creating a fire hazard.

Kmart has received 12 reports of the lamps short circuiting. Five of the incidents resulted in fire, causing minor damage to various household items. Kmart is not aware of any injuries involving the lamps.

The table lamp, measuring 15 1/4 inches high, is made of bronze-colored metal with two frosted white shades. The base of the lamp is shaped like a lily pad and the shades are shaped like lily flowers. A gold sticker on the bottom of the lamp reads, "Made in China." A clear sticker on the bulb socket reads in part, "...Use 25 watt type B or smaller lamp...E123788..."

The lamp is packaged in a cardboard box. The box is labeled in part, "Basic Editions...Lily Table Lamp...Style R8831...UL Listed..." There is a photograph of the lamp on the box.

Kmart stores nationwide sold the lamps from November 1996 through April 1997 for about $20.

Consumers should stop using the lamps immediately and return them to any Kmart store for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Kmart at (800) 63K-MART. Consumers will also find recall information and photographs of the lamp and its packaging at Kmart's web site at http://www.kmart.com.

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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