Sunday, July 01, 2007

5/9/07 Recalls Lowe's Halogen Table Lamps, Cracker Barrel Kitchen Stools, Warning re: Counterfeit Electrical

1. Halogen Table Lamps Sold at Lowe's Stores Recalled Due to Fire
Hazard
2. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(r) Restaurants Recall Rooster
Kitchen Stools Due to Collapse Hazard
3. May Is National Electrical Safety Month: CPSC Warns of Dangerous
Counterfeit Electrical Products

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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2007
Release #07-183

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 284-9162
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Halogen Table Lamps Sold at Lowe's Stores Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Halogen Table Lamps

Units: About 97,000

Importer: L G Sourcing, Inc., of North Wilkesboro, N.C.

Manufacturer: Winsource Industries, Ltd., of Hong Kong

Hazard: These lamps can short circuit, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: L G Sourcing has received one report of a minor fire
with the halogen table lamp. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled table lamps have a plastic base and two
extendable arms connecting the base to a halogen lamp. The lamps were
sold in white, red, blue, orange and purple. Item number 101988 is
printed on the bottom of the lamp base.

Sold exclusively at: Lowe's retail outlets nationwide from April 2006
through March 2007 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the lamps immediately and return
them to any Lowe's retail outlet to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact L G Sourcing
toll-free at (866) 284-9162 anytime, or visit www.lowes.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07183.html

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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2007
Release #07-184

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 333-9566
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(r) Restaurants Recall Rooster Kitchen
Stools Due to Collapse Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Rooster Kitchen Stools

Units: About 2,600

Importer: CBOCS Distribution Inc., of Lebanon, Tenn.

Hazard: The stools can unexpectedly collapse during use, causing a
consumer to fall to the floor.

Incidents/Injuries: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has received
two reports of incidents in which the kitchen stool collapsed. A 10 year
old boy received bruises when the kitchen stool collapsed and he fell.

Description: The Rooster Kitchen Stool is about two feet tall and one
foot in diameter. It has light brown wood and has a rooster painted on
the seat. "Made in China" and item number 260161 are printed on a
sticker under the seat.

Sold at: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(r) locations nationwide from
February 2007 through March 2007 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these kitchen stools immediately and
return them to any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cracker Barrel at
(800) 333-9566, or visit the firm's Web site at www.crackerbarrel.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07184.html

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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2007
Release #07-185

CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

May Is National Electrical Safety Month:
CPSC Warns of Dangerous Counterfeit Electrical Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers
that, unlike a fake purse or watch, counterfeit electrical products
could pose the risk of injury or death. Counterfeit circuit breakers,
power strips, extension cords, batteries and holiday lights can cause
fires, explosions, shocks and electrocutions.

Often, manufacturers of counterfeit products neglect to use key
components or skimp in the manufacturing process in order to save money.
While cheaper prices are passed onto consumers, so too are the dangers.
Fake consumer products are not tested for compliance to relevant safety
standards.

CPSC has recalled more than one million counterfeit electrical products
in recent years, including circuit breakers that did not trip when
overloaded; cell phone batteries without a safety device in the
circuitry to prevent overcharging; and extension cords with mislabeled,
undersized wiring that overheated.

"We are very concerned about unsafe electrical products," said Acting
Chairman Nancy Nord. "Our priority is to keep consumers safe by
preventing potentially dangerous counterfeit products from getting into
the marketplace in the first place."

Many counterfeit products are made in China and CPSC is actively working
with the Chinese government to reduce the number of unsafe products that
are exported to the United States. CPSC has also been working with
Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security,
legitimate manufacturers, and certifying testing laboratories to
identify and stop unsafe counterfeit products at U.S. ports and in the
marketplace.

Counterfeits can be extremely difficult to spot. A counterfeit
electrical product could be a knock-off of a name brand product or one
that bears an unauthorized certification marking. CPSC offers the
following tips to help avoid counterfeit hazards:

Scrutinize the product, the packaging and the labeling. Look for a
certification mark from an independent testing organization, such as
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the manufacturer's label.
Trademarked logos that look different than usual may signal a
counterfeit.

Trust your instincts. If the price is "too good to be true," it could be
because the product is an inferior and unsafe counterfeit.

Be extra vigilant when buying from an unknown source such as a street
vendor, non-authorized dealer, dollar store, online retailer or an
individual. Ask about the return policy. Get a receipt and look for
missing sales tax. Businesses selling counterfeit goods often don't
report their sales.

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