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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 1999

Release # 99-112
CONTACT: Kim Dulic
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

GE Home Electric Products Inc. Recalls Undercabinet Fluorescent Lights

GE Home Electric Products Inc. Recalls Undercabinet Fluorescent LightsWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), GE Home Electric Products Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, is announcing the recall of about 9,100 undercabinet fluorescent light fixtures. These fixtures were improperly assembled and could present a serious electrical shock hazard to consumers.

CPSC and GE have not received any reports of incidents or injuries resulting from the use of these lights. This recall is being conducted to prevent injuries.

These lights are GE "Ultra Thin Line" 12-inch and 24-inch direct- wire, fluorescent, undercabinet fixtures. They are directly wired into the electrical system of the house. All the fixtures are white, and there is no writing on the outside of fixture. Before examining your fixture, turn the power off at the breaker switch. Under the plastic bulb guard, "GE Lighting" and the model number are written on a sticker. The model numbers subject to this recall are 23039, 27278, 23045 and 27281.

The Home Depot, Lowe's, Hechingers, Builders' Square, Payless Cashways and Ace Hardware and other home center and hardware stores nationwide sold these light fixtures between February 1998 and April 1999 for about $35.

Consumers should not touch these light fixtures, whether on or off, as long as the breaker switch is on. Consumers with these recalled light fixtures should call GE Home Electric Products to have a qualified electrician come to their home to replace the light fixture. For more information or to have your fixture replaced, call GE Home Electric Products at (800) 517-9602 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.

Light fixtures plugged into wall sockets are not included in this recall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from 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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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