July 6, 2000123,000 "Elmo Nitelights" Recalled After 2 Children
Avon, MA (SafetyAlerts) - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The First Years Inc.
is voluntarily recalling about 123,000 "Elmo Nitelights." The faceplate on these
nightlights can be broken off, exposing wiring and posing shock and electrocution hazards.
CPSC and The First Years have received three
reports of the faceplates on these nightlights breaking off resulting in two 1-year-old
girls and an adult receiving an electrical shock when touching the exposed wires.
The "Elmo Nitelight" shows the Sesame
Street character Elmo, who is red, hanging onto a green lamp post set on a blue
background. A moon and stars surround the light part of the lamp post, which illuminates
when the light is plugged in. It measures 4.25 inches long by 2.75 inches wide and fits
over the entire standard outlet coverplate. "Henson" and "the first
years" are imprinted on the back of the nightlights. The cardboard packaging shows a
picture of the Sesame Street character Big Bird, and includes the writing, "SESAME
STREET" and "nitelight."
Discount, drug, grocery and toy stores sold these
nightlights from July 1997 through March 2000 for between $5 and $6.
Consumers should immediately remove the "Elmo
Nitelights" from their sockets and throw them away. If wires are exposed, turn off
the power before removing. Consumers should contact The First Years to receive a free
replacement nightlight at (800) 533-6708 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday. Consumers also can write to The First Years, One Kiddie Drive, Avon, MA,
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers July 6,
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