317K 'Green' Light Bulbs Recalled for Fire Hazard


NEW YORK (MainStreet) —  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 317,000 energy efficient light bulbs for being a fire hazard.

The light bulbs are manufactured by Telstar Products d/b/a Sprint International Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., and were sold under the brand names Telstar and Electra in discount stores throughout New York and New Jersey from August 2010 through March 2011. The bulbs retailed between $1 and $1.50 and came in both spiral and "3-Us" styles.

The recall follows two reports received by Telstar of the bulbs overheating and igniting. In one incident, a residential fire was started; in the other, the fire was contained in the light bulb.

The Telstar bulbs were sold in 20 and 23 watts with model numbers LB-1020 and LB-1023 on the packaging. The Electra bulbs were sold in 18, 20, 23, 26, 28, 30, 34, 36, 38 and 40 watts with model numbers LB-18, LB-20, LB-23, LB-26, LB-28, LB-30, LB-1018, LB-1020, LB-1023, LB-1026, LB-1134, LB-1136, LB-1138 and LB-1140 on the packaging. "CE 110V," "China" and the wattage number are also on the bulb.

The CPSC said consumers should immediately stop using the light bulbs and return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can call Telstar Products at (888) 828-1680 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website.

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