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Rope Lights Recalled by CO2UCH

Rope Lights Recalled by CO2UCH...

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2001 --CO2UCH is voluntarily recalling about 27,300 rope lights with controller boxes. The rope light controller, which allows consumers to choose the type of light motion, such as flash or chase, can short circuit. This poses shock, fire and burn hazards to consumers.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

CO2UCH has received six reports of the controller sparking. One consumer received an electrical burn that blistered the skin.

Rope lights are lights inside a plastic cord used for decorative lighting. The lights are 9 feet long with a white electrical cord. The controller box has the following identifying information imprinted on one side "CHENG TUNG, MODEL CT-028" The other side of the controller is shaped to look like a bear or dog wearing a bow tie. The animal's feet are the control buttons.

The lights were sold in a blue box, labeled in part, "ROPE LIGHTS, 9 FT. OF TWINKLE FUN, CO2UCH, MADE IN CHINA" Gift stores and catalogs sold the lights nationwide from August 2000 through October 2000 for between $20 and $24. The lights also were given as prizes by fundraising organizations during this period.

Consumers should stop using these rope lights immediately, and call CO2UCH toll-free at (877) 652-4087 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday to receive information about obtaining a full refund or credit.