CPSC: Big Lots Recalls Floor Lamps for Shock Hazards

01/12/2012 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Columbus, OH — Big Lots and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have voluntarily recalled floor lamps over shock hazards the defective lamps pose to consumers. The CPSC announced the nationwide product recall on January 12, 2012.

The recall was issued after discovering that the wiring for the lamp’s light sockets can become overheated, which poses a risk of electric shock to consumers. In addition, the recommended standard 40 watt light bulbs can generate excessive heat, causing the double plastic shades over the bulbs to melt.

“This recall involves Classic Quarters Five Light Floor Lamps. The lamps stand about five feet tall and have a gunmetal or chrome colored metal pole and five adjustable lights mounted on flexible metal tubes at the top. Dark plastic or multi-colored double plastic shades cover each of the five lights. Recalled lamps use standard incandescent or CFL bulbs and have labels marked with the model number ‘G-1843-5’ affixed to the underside of the lamp base. These lamps can be further identified by SKU numbers 612007239, 612007829 or 612008982 at the beginning of the instructions. Lamps that use candelabra bulbs are not subject to this recall and can be identified by labels marked with the model number ‘G-1844-5B’ and SKU numbers 612009036 or 612009037 in the instructions,” reported the CPSC.

Consumers are advised to return the floor lamps to a Big Lots store to receive a full refund.

For more information concerning the product recall, consumers can contact Big Lots toll-free at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.biglots.com.

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