Big Lots just issued a recall of its floor lamps over shock hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced.
About 43,700 defective Big Lots Five-Light Floor Lamps are involved. The recalled Big Lots lamps were manufactured in China; imported by Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio; and sold exclusively at Big Lots stores, nationwide, from April 2010 through November 2011 for between $30 and $50.
The wiring for the Big Lots Five-Light Floor Lamp’s light sockets can become exposed, which poses a risk of electric shock to consumers. Also, use of the recommended standard 40-watt light bulbs can generate excessive heat, which can melt the double plastic shades that reside over the bulbs. To date, the firm has received four reports of melting lampshades. No injuries have been reported, to date.
This recall involves Classic Quarters Five Light Floor Lamps, which stand about five feet tall and have a gunmetal or chrome colored metal pole and five adjustable lights mounted on flexible metal tubes at the top. Dark plastic or multi-colored double plastic shades cover each of the five lights.
Recalled lamps use standard incandescent or CFL bulbs and have labels marked with the model number “G-1843-5” affixed to the underside of the lamp base. These lamps can also be further identified by SKU numbers 612007239, 612007829, or 612008982 at the beginning of the instructions.
Lamps that use candelabra bulbs are not subject to this recall and can be identified by labels marked with the model number “G-1844-5B” and SKU numbers 612009036 or 612009037 in the instructions.
The firm is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Big Lots Five-Light Floor Lamps and return them to a Big Lots store for a full refund. Big Lots can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.244.5687 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.biglots.com.