Electrical Wiring How-To Books Recalled for Shock Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with The Taunton Press of Newtown, Conn., has issued a voluntary recall of two instructional books: Wiring a House, 3rd Edition and Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish. According to CPSC, the books contain several errors in the technical diagrams that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.

The publisher estimates about 64,000 of the books are in circulation, sold at home improvement stores, book stores, and various other retailers nationwide from February 2008 through November 2008 for about $25. The cover of the paperback 3rd Edition of Wiring a House is white and yellow and has a photograph of a man wiring a panel. ISBN #978-1-56158-942-5 is printed on the back cover. Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish is paperback and has a green, black, and white cover that shows hands wiring an electrical wall receptacle.

Taunton and CPSC say consumers should immediately stop using the books and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, contact Taunton at (800) 477-8727 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the publishing firm’s Web site www.taunton.com.

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