LED LIGHTS RECALLED DUE TO FIRES CAUSED BY BULBS

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March 19, 2013 (Washington D.C.) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission announces a voluntary recall of LED light bulbs marketing under the brand names Definitely, EcoSmart, Sylvania and Westingthouse manufactured by Citizens Electric and Lighting Science Group. For details on the specific products, scroll down.

The bulbs can overhead, causing a fire hazard.  At least 68 product failures have occurred, including eight where visible smoke or fire occurred. These incidents damaged light sockets, melted fixtures, burned carpeting/floors and damaged a circuit and lamp.

Consumers should stop using these products. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Details:

Recall date: March 19, 2013

Recall number: 13-142

Name of product: LED Light Bulbs

Hazard: The bulbs can overheat during use, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the bulbs from sockets and lamps and contact Light Science Group for replacement bulbs.

Consumer Contact: Lighting Science Group toll free at (855) 574-2533 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.lsgc.com/recall

Units: About 554,000

Photos are available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/LED-Light-Bulbs-Recalled-by-Lighting-Science-Group/

Description: The 120-volt LED bulbs, sold as 6- 8- and 9-watt bulbs (equivalent to 40 or 50 watts), were marketed under the brand names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania and Westinghouse. The model numbers A19, G25 and R20/PAR20 are found on the packaging and on the light-colored circular neck above the base of the bulb where the date code is also printed. The date code reflects the week and year of manufacture; for example date code L4010 was produced during the 40th week of 2010. The date codes listed below may have the letters "CH " or "MX " at the end. For example, date code L4010 can also appear as L4010CH or L4010MX. The date codes are:

L4010, L4110, L4210, L4310

L4410, L4510, L4610, L4710

L4810, L4910, L5010, L5110

L5210, L0111, L0211, L0311

L0411, L0511, L0611, L0711

L0811, L0911, L1011, L1111

Incidents/Injuries: Lighting Science Group is aware of 68 incidents of product failures, eight of which were accompanied by visible smoke or fire conditions. The incidents include damage to light sockets, melted fixtures, burned rugs/carpet/ floors, damage to a circuit and to a lamp. There have been no reports of personal injuries.

Sold at: Various retailers including hardware and lighting and electrical supply stores.

Importer: Lighting Science Group Corporation, of Satellite Beach, Fla.

Manufacturer: Citizen Electronics and Lighting Science Group

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