Idea Village recalls wireless light switches due to fire hazard
- October 21, 2009 12:30 PM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall of Handy Switch wireless light switches because they pose a fire hazard.
About 1.3 million units have been sold by mass merchandisers and drugstore chains in the U.S. The units have also been sold through television infomercials and over the internet between March 2007 and July 2009.
The light switch receiver, which fits into the wall outlet, can overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers.
The distributor, Idea Village Products Corp. of New Jersey, has received 14 reports of overheating, including nine reports of fire, five of which involved property damage such as minor damage to curtains, bedding or walls.
The Handy Switch, made in China, is a white plastic wireless remote light switch with model number KS-080 printed on the back of the receiver. On the front of the receiver is a blue electroluminescent nightlight.
Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the product and contact Idea Village to learn about free remedy options.
For additional information, contact Idea Village toll-free at (888) 655-4339 between 5 am and 6 pm PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.handyswitchrecall.com
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