April 18, 2001Light Tech Recalls On/Off
Switches for Rope and Cable Lights
Grand Rapids, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Light Tech said today
it is recalling about 350,000 on/off switches that were included in cable lights packages.
"Cable lights," also known as rope lights, are lights inside a plastic cord used
for decorative lighting. If the cable lights are plugged in, even if the lights are not
lit, the recalled switch on the power cord could allow the cable lights to remain
energized posing a potential electric shock hazard to consumers.
No injuries have been reported
according to CPSC.
The on/off switches for the cable
lights were included as an optional accessory for consumers to attach to the power cords.
They consist of a rectangular white plastic box about 1¼ inches long. The box contains a
wheel-type switch through the middle that rotates to turn the power on and off.
Cable lights that do not have on/off switches or have a green dot are not included
in the recall.
The switches were included in 36-inch and 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24-foot lengths in power pack
kits, which are designed for use with bulk cable lights. The cable lights are clear and
have the words "Cable LightsTM" written on the plastic tubing.
Home center stores, including Home Depot, Lowe's, and other lighting showrooms, sold these
cable light and power cord kits nationwide from September 1997 through October 2000 for
about $12 to $65 for the Cable Lights and $7 to $9 for the power cord kits.
Consumers should not install the power switch supplied with the cable lights. If the
switch is already installed, stop using the lights immediately and unplug them. Consumers
that have cable lights with on/off switches installed should call Light Tech toll-free at
(800) 485-3080 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a free
replacement power cord.
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