Fluorescent Shop Lights Recalled for Shock Hazard

Cooper Lighting Inc., a division of Cooper Industries, of Houston, is recalling about 274,000 Metalux Fluorescent Shop Lights. When the two prongs on the plug's electrical cord are touched simultaneously while lamps are installed, the light can pose an electric shock hazard to consumers. So far, the company has received six reports of consumers experiencing an electric shock, but no serious injuries have occurred, the company says.

This recall involves the Metalux fluorescent shop lights Model 9240. Only date codes between Dec. 1, 2006 ("344 06") and Sept. 14, 2007 ("257 07") are included in this recall. The date code format includes the day and the year. For example, "344 06" refers to the 344th day of year 2006, or Dec. 1, 2006. The model number and date code can be found on the packaging and on labels adhered to the fixture housing.

The equipment was sold at major home center and hardware stores nationwide from January 2007 to October 2007 for between $8 and $10. Consumers should stop using the light fixture immediately and uninstall it according to instructions posted at http://www.cooperlighting.com. The fixture should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund or credit, the company says.

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