Fire Hazard Linked to LED Light Kits

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced that Rockler Companies has recalled approximately 2,200 LED Light Kits due to burn and fire hazards.

The affected LED Light Kits, distributed by Rockler Companies Inc., of Medina, Minnesota, were made in China.  Defective wiring could cause the battery pack to overheat and explode, resulting in burns and fire hazards to consumers. No incidents or injuries have been reported yet.

The recalled Rockler LED lights have either an interchangeable spotlight head or a magnifying head. Models included have stock numbers 26429 (spotlight) or 27017 (magnifying). Stock numbers are printed on the light’s packaging. These products were sold at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware and other specialty stores nationwide from March 2009 through October 2009 for about $60.

The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled LED Light Kits and call Rockler Companies to receive a free repair kit and installation instructions. Rockler Companies can be reached toll-free at 1-800-260-9663 anytime. Consumers can also write to Rockler Woodworking and Hardware at 4365 Willow Drive, Medina, Minnesota, 55340.

Past massive recalls affiliated with Chinese products exported to the U.S. include: dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint and pharmaceuticals such as heparin. Presently, the diabolical defective Chinese drywall nightmare has been in the news for impacting tens of thousands of homes nationwide. Lawsuits begin this month.

In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all U.S. product recalls were imports from China. A few days ago, Chinese-made children’s jewelry containing the dangerous metal, cadmium, necessitated another huge recall.