AmerTac Recalls LED Nightlight

AmerTac has issued a large recall of its LED Nightlights, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

About 227,000 AmerTac LED Nightlights are involved in the recall. The AmerTac LED Nightlights were manufactured in China; imported by American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc. (AmerTac), of Saddle River, New Jersey; and sold at hardware stores, home centers, and lighting showrooms from March 2009 through October 2010 for about $6.

An electrical short circuit in the nightlight can cause it to overheat and smolder or melt, which poses fire and burn hazards to consumers. To date, AmerTac has received 25 reports of the nightlights smoking, burning, melting, and charring. No injuries have been reported.

Three AmerTac nightlights are involved in this recall and each has a model name and two model numbers. The model name and a secondary model number can only be found on the packaging; the basic model number appears on the back of the night light.

The nightlights are rectangular, about 2-3/16 inches in height, 3-1/2 inches in width, and 1-1/4 inches in depth. The front housings for each of the defective nightlights is either white- or nickel-colored plastic with four horizontal vents and a round light sensor above the top vent. The back of the nightlights are gray plastic with the AmerTac™ logo, the basic model number, an “SY” identification code and the letters “ETL” molded into the product. Only the following models bearing “SY” on the back are involved. The number on all of the recalled nightlights are 71190 or 71190A:

• Amerelle: model number on packaging 71190
• Amertac: Model number on packaging 327895
• Everyday Basics: Model number on packaging 076092

The firm advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Amertac nightlights, remove them from the wall sockets, and contact the firm for instructions on receiving a full refund. AmerTac can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.420.7511 from 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Central Time (CT), Monday through Friday, or visit AmerTac’s website at or

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