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June 10, 1999

Release # 99-122
CPSC: Kim Dulic
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

CPSC, Harbor Freight Tools Announce Recall of Work Lights

WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Harbor Freight Tools, headquartered in Camarillo, Calif., is voluntarily recalling more than 48,500 work lights, sold as magnetic base lights. These lights present electric shock and fire hazards.

CPSC and Harbor Freight Tools are not aware of any injuries related to these lights. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The 75 watt light, measuring about 12 inches long, is made of black plastic with a metal bulb reflector. A magnet is connected to a flexible arm. Labeling on the magnetic end of the flexible arm reads in part, "WARNING! LAMP IS HOT...MADE IN CHINA." The light was sold in a white box that contained a Harbor Freight Tools Warranty Notice. The box was labeled in part, "SKU# P 32263 MAGNETIC BASE LIGHT-75 WATT MADE IN CHINA." Harbor Freight Tools stores and catalogs nationwide sold the lights from November 1994 through March 1999 for about $10.

Consumers should stop using the recalled lights immediately. Consumers should return the lights to the store where purchased for a full refund. Catalog customers are being sent written notice of the refund and a $5 coupon. If consumers have questions, they should call Harbor Freight Tools at (800) 444-3353 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PDT 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



The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.