Target Recalls Circo Children’s Lamp After Reports of Melting Sockets

About 13,000 Circo children’s lamps sold at Target stores have been recalled after multiple reports indicated that the lamp sockets melted and flowed into the bulb area. 

The Target Circo Children’s Task Lamp recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on July 20. Target is aware of at least six incidents involving melting sockets with the children’s lamps, but there have been no injuries reported.

According to the CPSC, the lamps may overheat, which causes adhesive inside the lamp socket to melt. This can cause it to flow into the bulb socket and can glue the bulb in place. This creates a risk that the bulb might break because it is difficult to remove, which presents a laceration hazard on top of the risk of the lamp overheating.

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The Target lamp recall affects four styles of Circo Children’s Task Lamps, including the striped, sports, dot and flower dot styles. The recalled children’s lamps carry UPC numbers 490970221923, 490970222685, 490970224047 and 490970221947, respectively.

The lamps were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide, and on the website, from January 2011 through April 2011 for about $13.

The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the lamps and return them to a Target store in order to receive a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact Target Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680 or visit the company’s website at


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