December 13, 2001
NBG International Has Recalled Christmas Lights
- NBG International Inc.
has recalled about about 100,000 strings of "Rice
Light" decorative Christmas lights. The lights have undersize wire and could
present electric shock or fire hazards.
NBG International has not received any reports of injuries or incidents
associated with these Christmas lights. This recall is being conducted to
prevent electric shocks and fires.
The Rice Christmas lights are 21-feet long with 140 non- replaceable
mini-bulbs. The lights have a control box that allows for an eight-function,
four-way flashing light show. The attached 3-inch control box has a round
dial on top numbered "1" through "8." The wires are available in three
colors: black, white or green. The lights have a fused plug, and are sold in
a green box that included the writing "Rice Light," "140 Mini Bulb String"
and "MADE IN CHINA." There is no mark of an independent testing laboratory.
Novelty and holiday stores sold these lights nationwide from June 1998
through November 2001 for between $7 and $10.
Consumers who have the recalled lights should stop using them immediately
and contact the firm for a free replacement set of Christmas lights. For
more information, contact NBG International at (877) 532- 8949 between 10:30
a.m. and 6:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or email the firm at email@example.com.
When purchasing or using decorative holiday lights, CPSC recommends the
following safety tips:
Make sure the lights contain a mark of a recognized testing lab such as UL,
Use only lights that have fused plugs
If used outdoors, be certain the lights are rated for outdoor use.
To prevent overheating, replace burned-out bulbs promptly with the same
Discard any lights with frayed or damaged wires.
When using an extension cord, make sure that it is rated for the intended