June 4, 2002Luxo Has Recalled Portable Fluorescent
Chester, N.Y. (SafetyAlerts)
- Luxo Corp. has recalled about 18,300 portable fluorescent lamps. The
ballast (the electrical part located in the arm of the lamp) in these lamps
can overheat, short-circuit, and melt the insulating cover of the ballast
causing the lamp to fail and posing a skin burn hazard to consumers.
Luxo has received 10 reports of these lamps overheating and shorting out the
fixture. No injuries have been reported.
The lamps are 18-watt portable fluorescent lamps that have a black plastic
housing and mount to a desk or sit on a base. Model PS355 and PS360 with
serial numbers between 198076 and 244871 and between 35500001 and 36003256
are included in the recall. The PS355 model has a 34-inch swing arm and the
PS360 has a 19-inch swing arm. The serial number and "MADE IN TAIWAN" can be
found on a silver label located on the back of the light bulb cover. The
lamps have also been sold under the names "Big Dipper" and "Little Dipper."
Office furniture distributors and dealers nationwide sold these lamps from
January 2000 through February 2002 for between $155 and $170.
Consumers with the recalled units should unplug the lamps and stop using
them immediately. Contact Luxo to return the lamp and receive a replacement
lamp. Luxo will extend the warranty on the replacement lamps for 3 years
from the date of replacement. Luxo can be reached at (800) 222-5896 between
8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers may also contact the
firm's web site at www.luxous.com.