April 18, 2001American Tack & Hardware Co.
Recalls On/Off Switches for Rope and Cable Lights
Monsey, NY (SafetyAlerts)
- American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc. said today it is recalling about 270,000 on/off
switches sold in packages of Westek rope lights. Rope lights are lights inside a plastic
cord used for decorative lighting. If the rope lights are plugged in, even if the lights
are not lit, the recalled switch on the power cord could allow the rope 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 rope 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. The Westek "Rope Lighting Kits," which can
be identified by the words "Westek" written on the plastic tube of the rope
lights, were sold in 9-foot and 18-foot lengths in clear red, yellow, green, blue, and
orange. The switches also were included in Westek "Power Cord Kits" designed for
use with bulk rope lights.
Rope lights that do not have on/off switches installed or have a 1-inch red dot on
the lower right front of the package are not recalled.
Home center stores, including Home Depot and lighting showrooms, sold these rope lights
and power cord kits nationwide from April 1997 through October 2000 for about $29 to $39
for the Rope Lighting Kits and $7 to $10 for the Power Cord Kit.
Consumers should not install the power switch supplied with the Westek rope lights. If the
switch is already installed, stop using the lights immediately and unplug them. Consumers
that have rope lights with on/off switches installed should call American Tack &
Hardware Co. Inc. toll-free at (800) 777-0801 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday to receive a free replacement power cord.
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