FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 12, 1975

 

Release # 75-072


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Woods Wire Products, Inc. today announced that some 40,000 clamp-on lamps with metal reflectors, manufactured during 1970 and 1971 by Woods Wire Products, Inc. may pose an imminent danger of severe electric shock. When the lamp is plugged in, the metal spring protecting the cord from strain at the base of the bulb socket cap may become electrically "hot," thus creating a shock hazard.

Most of the lamps were sold in retail stores between April 1970 and December 1971 for approximately $3.00. Some may still be available. Retailers are being notified. The lamp consists of a bulb socket attached to a bowl-shaped metal reflector and to a clamp capable of gripping the edge of a door, table top, or other item of furniture. Such lamps are used for a variety of purposes requiring extra illumination.

Consumers can determine whether theirs is one of the potentially defective lamps by DISCONNECTING THE LAMP from the electrical outlet and examining it as follows:

The lamp will have a metal spring at the base of the socket, surrounding the power cord and extending into the base of the bulb socket cap. The wire usually has a black vinyl covering, with the trademark "INDUSTRO R" and "300 Volts" printed in white letters. These two characteristics will identify the lamp, but consumers should be aware that the metal spring is the primary identifier.

After DISCONNECTING and identifying the lamp, consumers should separate the socket cap from the assembly and examine the inside of the socket. If there is a cardboard disc between the spring and the socket assembly, the lamp does not present the potential hazard. However, if there is no such insulator disc, the consumer should call the manufacturer Woods Wire Products, Inc. toll free at 800/428-9511 (In Indiana call collect at 317/844-7262) to receive instructions on how to return the potentially defective socket assembly to the manufacturer. All postage will be paid by the manufacturer.