A large recall of about 261,000 defective LED Night Lights has been implemented, the U.C. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the Recalled LED Night Lights and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The defective product was manufactured in China and imported by American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc. (AmerTac), of Saddle River, New Jersey.
An electrical short circuit in the LED Night Light can cause it to overheat and smolder or melt, which can burn consumers or result in fire. To date, AmerTac has received 18 reports of the night lights smoking, burning, melting, and/or charring, including three reports of minor property damage and one of a minor burn injury.
Three night light models are involved in the product recall: Model numbers 71193, 71194, and 327879. Only those with KML molded on the back are being recalled. All three models have KML, ETL, the AmerTacâ„¢ logo, and the model number molded on the back of the night lights’ plastic housing.
Model number 71193 is a square shaped, white plastic unit with a flat translucent square window on the front and a button for changing the screen color. Model 71194 and 327879 resemble a computer mouse with white plastic housing and inset translucent windows on the front and sides.
The Recalled LED Night Lights were sold at hardware stores, lighting showrooms, and home centers nationwide from March 2009 through January 2011 for about $7.
Consumers should stop using the recalled night lights immediately and unplug them from the wall. AmerTac should be contacted for instructions on receiving a full refund and can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.420.7511 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at AmerTac’s website.