December 10, 1997
Release # 98-038
|CONTACT: Russ Rader
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166
CPSC, Retailers Announce Recall of Curtain-Style
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), retailers nationwide
are recalling more than 1.5 million sets of curtain-style, indoor/outdoor holiday lights.
The electrical wiring can pull out from the splices of these decorative light sets,
exposing live wires and presenting an electrocution hazard.
CPSC is not aware of any injuries involving these lights. This recall is being issued to
prevent the possibility of injury.
The recalled curtain-style strings of lights are different from other decorative holiday
lights because they use a horizontal electrical wire and have vertical strings of four to
seven lights that hang down to give an icicle effect when hung on a roof's edge or a tree.
These lights have a "splicing connector" located at the point where the string
of lights hang down from the horizontal electrical wire. The splicing connector can pull
apart or break exposing a metal wire, causing the electrical shock.
To see if you have these indoor/outdoor lights, check for the names "Curtain,"
"Icicle" and "Wonder Lights." These miniature lights come in strings
of clear bulbs and multicolored bulbs, and have either white or green wires. They were
sold in strings of 100 or 150 lights in boxes containing one string, and sets of three or
According to Underwriters Laboratories (UL), unauthorized holographic UL labels, located
on each string near the plug, with the following numbers identify the lights being
E115759 E126258 E127357 E127522
E48723 E64444 E65770 E97593
Curtain-style lights without splice connectors are not involved in this recall.
The lights are packaged in cardboard display boxes, some with a cellophane window to view
the product, and are labeled in part, "Made in China." Many of the boxes feature
a decorated home at night with the holiday lights on.
Retail stores, including BJ's Wholesale, Builders Square, CVS Pharmacy, Caldor, Frank's
Nursery & Crafts, Hechinger, Hobby Lobby, Home Quarters, M J Designs, Montgomery Ward,
Rite Aid Pharmacy, Sam's Club, Shopko, Venture, Walgreens and Wal-Mart sold the lights
nationwide from September 1995 to November 1997 for between $6 and $19, depending on the
size of the sets purchased.
Consumers should stop using these light sets immediately and return them to the store
where purchased for a refund. Consumers with questions about this recall should call or
visit the local retail store where they purchased the lights, or contact CPSC's toll-free
hotline at (800) 638-2772.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.