Recall: Handy Switch, Wireless Light Switches
On 2009-10-21, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Handy Switch, Wireless Light Switches due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in March 2007 for about $10 to $15.
About 1 million units are involved in this Idea Village Products light switch recall. Instance(s) of fires, property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 5th recall of products in the Outlets, Timers & Switches category in 2009.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 4 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (888) 655-4339
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What is the problem?
The light switch receiver, which fits into the wall outlet, can overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers.
Instance(s) of fires, property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The Handy Switch 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.
These items were sold new+ at Mass merchandisers and drug store chains nationwide, through television infomercials and the Internet from March 2007 through July 2009 for between $10 and $15.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the product and contact IdeaVillage 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 Web site at www.handyswitchrecall.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm 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.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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