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April 7, 1999

Release # 99-089b
CONTACT: Kim Dulic
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

CPSC, Sunbeam Products Inc. Announce Recall of Oster Hair Dryers

CPSC, Sunbeam Products Inc. Announce Recall of Oster Hair DryersBoca 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 through Friday.

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