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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 1997

Release # 98-041
CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, Importers, Retailers Announce Recall of Christmas Lights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), four importers and two retailers are recalling over 332,700 Christmas light sets. The light sets have flammable plastic parts, bulb sockets that can fall apart, no fuse protection, exposed bare wires and undersized wires, presenting a fire hazard.

CPSC has received one report of a light set's bulb socket falling apart and exposing bare wires. No injuries have been reported.

The following tables list the importers and the retailers participating in this recall. There are no identifying markings on the light sets and the lights could be multicolored or clear.

Importer/Retailer Description of Packaging Description of Lights Dates Sold Where Sold
Rona Distributors
Puerto Rico
(787) 768-8020

Importer
Green, white and red box with snowflakes and Santa sleds

Green, white and red box with snowflakes and Santa sleds

Green, white and red box with snowflakes and Santa sleds
100 lights per string
5 way flashing lights

150 lights per string
3 way flashing lights

200 lights per string
10 way flashing lights
1996


1996


1996
Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico
Star Brothers
Puerto Rico
(787) 781-3898

Importer
Green box with "Three Kings," ornaments and musical notes

Green box with "Three Kings," ornaments and musical notes
150 lights per string
steady burning lights

200 lights per string
steady burning lights
October 1997


October 1997
Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico
La Reina
Puerto Rico
(787) 743-4445

Retailer
Red box with "Liberty" bells and ornaments or red box with Christmas tree

Red box with "Liberty" bells
100 lights per string
5 way flashing lights


140 lights per string
8 function controller:
"combination, in waves,
sequential, slo-glo, chasing/
flash, slow fade, twinkle/flash, steady on"
1995 to 1997



1995 to 1997
Puerto Rico



Puerto Rico
Island Recreation
Long Island, NY
(800) 773-6353
(in NY only)

Retailer
White box with Christmas tree and elves 100 lights per string
steady burning or flashing
1996 to 1997 NY
Advance International/
Holiday Industries
Bronx, NY
(718) 892-3460

Importer
Red box with yellow bow


Red box with yellow bow


Blue box
100 lights per string
2 way flashing lights

100 lights per string
5 way flashing lights

140 chasing lights
1994


1995 to 1996


1996
MA, NC, NY, TX

MA, NC, NY, TX

MA, NC, NY, TX
STK International
Vernon, CA
(800) 536-7855

Importer
Red box with Christmas tree 100 miniature lights per string
steady burning or flashing lights
July 1996 through April 1997 CA, FL, NY, OH, PA, TX

Discount and dollar-type stores sold the light sets for about $1 to $8.

Consumers should stop using the recalled Christmas light sets immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For assistance in identifying these recalled light sets, consumers should call the companies listed in this release.

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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