LED Light Kits Recalled for Fire, Burn Hazards

Rockler Companies has just recalled about 2,200 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">LED Light Kits due to burn and fire hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 9CPSC) just announced.

The recalled LED Light Kits were manufactured in China and distributed by Rockler Companies Inc., of Medina, Minnesota. The recall was implemented because defective wiring in the LED Light Kits can cause the battery pack to overheat and explode, posing a risk of burn and fire hazards to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Rockler LED lights with either an interchangeable spotlight head or a magnifying head. Models included in the recall have stock numbers 26429 (spotlight or 27017 (magnifying). Stock numbers are printed on the light’s packaging. The recalled LED Light Kits were sold at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware and other specialty stores nationwide from March 2009 through October 2009 for about $60.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled LED Light Kits and call Rockler Companies to receive a free repair kit and installation instructions. Rockler Companies can be reached toll-free at 1-800-260-9663 anytime. Consumers can also write to Rockler Woodworking and Hardware at 4365 Willow Drive, Medina, Minnesota, 55340.

This is the second recall on which we have written today regarding a defective product manufactured in China. Products including dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin were found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long put American consumers at significant health risks. A large and ongoing situation involves the defective Chinese drywall that has been making news for its impact to tens of thousands of homes nationwide. Lawsuits in that debacle begin this month.

In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the U.S. involved imports from China. Most recently, cadmium in children’s toys has been linked to China and has been involved in large product recalls.

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