April 7, 1999
Release # 99-089b
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183
CPSC, Sunbeam Products Inc. Announce Recall of
Oster Hair Dryers
Boca Raton, FL (SafetyAlerts) - Sunbeam Products Inc.,
of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 8,000 Oster HD120-model hand-held electric hair
dryers. These hair dryers do not have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or similar
device to reduce the risk of electrical shock or electrocution if the hair dryer comes in
contact with water.
These hair dryers were sold only in Puerto Rico.
They are white with red and black switches. The model number, HD120, is embossed on the
plastic handle of the dryer. "Oster " and "DANGER-ELECTROCUTION POSSIBLE IF
USED OR DROPPED IN TUB" also are written on the hair dryers. Retailers in Puerto
Rico, including Supermercados Amigo, sold these hair dryers from January 1994 through June
1998 for about $15.
Consumers should immediately stop using these hair
dryers. Sunbeam is offering consumers a refund or a replacement hairdryer with a GFCI. For
more information, call Sunbeam at (800) 672-5625 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday
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