Flourescent Light Recall Issued Due to Fire Risk
More than 1.6 million fluorescent light fixtures have been recalled after reports of problems where the sockets overheating, posing a serious risk of burns or fires.
A Cooper 2-light fluorescent light recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on July 15, following at least seven consumer complaints indicating the sockets overheated, melted, or began arcing, which may lead to a fire. To date, no injuries or fires have been reported.
The recall includes about 1.64 million 2-light fluorescent light fixtures sold under the name brands Cooper Lighting, Portfolio, and Utilitech. The lights measure between 18 inches and 4 feet long with white finishes and can be mounted from heights ranging between 8 and 12 feet high. The light fixtures were sold in a variety of styles including utility wrapped, shop light, strip light, and with some with reflectors.
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The recalled lights have date codes ranging from 182 11 and 090 15 printed on a label near the ballast in a “DDD YY” format. The recall includes the following model and catalogue numbers located on the second line of a label affixed to the inside of the frame; DLE217RLP, DLE217RLPB, DLE 232RLP, DLE232RLPB, SL232R, SL232R/1, SL232RPC, SL232RTP, SLNR232R, SLNR232R/1, SLNR232RCHR, SLW232R, SLW232R/1, SNF115R, SNF117R, SNF125R, SNF217R, SSF217R, WP217R, WP217RNKLLU, WP232R, WP232RLU, WP232RNKL, WP232RNKLLU and WP232RNKLRL.
The lights were manufactured in China under Cooper Lighting LLC, of Peachtree City, Georgia where they were sold at Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, True Value, and other retail stores nationwide from July 2011 through April 2015 for between $13 and $67.
According to the CPSC, an estimated 1.62 million recalled light fixtures were sold throughout the Unites States and another 27,000 were distributed for sale in Canada.
Customers are being asked to stop using the light fixtures immediately and contact Cooper lighting at 866-461-7819 for information on how to obtain a free replacement. Customers may also visit the manufacture online at www.cooperlighting.com and navigate to the “Safety Notices” for more information about the recall and remedy.
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