The retailer Target has had a few products recalled from its shelves this year. Last month, Wilton Industries, a company that produces items for Target, recalled more than 700,000 tea kettles due to a potential defect that allows steam to travel up the spout or water to spill from the spout, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Another common consumer product sold at Target is being recalled this week as Target is recalling approximately 25,000 floor lamps due to shock and fire hazards.
According to the CPSC, “the lamp can short when a standard one-way bulb is fully tightened in the lamp’s three-way socket.” To date, Target has received six reports of the lamp short circuiting. These incidents have resulted in fires, property damage and shocks to two consumers.
At 60 inches tall, the recalled lamps are white and plastic, with a turned-spindle design. The lampshades consist of white fabric, and have two 3-way pull-chain switches. The recalled lamps take 100-watt or 29-watt CFL bulbs. The bottom of the lamps have stickers with their model number, PL1071, printed on them. Sold at Target retail stores and online at Target.com from September 2012 through May 2013, the lamps were priced at about $70.
The CPSC recommends that consumers promptly stop using the recalled lamps and unplug them until they have time to return them. Consumers can return the recalled lamps to Target stores for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call Target at 800-440-0680 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT weekdays, or go to Target.com. On Target’s website, consumers can click on “Product Recalls” under the “Help” tab and then click on “Home & Kitchen.”