Massive Light Bulb Recall: 1.86M Philips Products

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Philips Lighting is recalling approximately 1.86 million light bulbs for posing a laceration hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The recall follows 700 reports of the glue failing on its Philips EnergySaver, Marathon and Marathon Classic Compact Fluorescent dimmable reflector lamps. This caused the bulbs’ outer glass envelope to fall off, leading to two reports of minor injury and three reports of minor property damage.

The light bulbs were sold at grocery and home center stores and by online retailers and professional electrical distributors nationwide from March 2007 through July 2011 for between $11 and $24.

The model numbers involved in the recall, located on the white ceramic area at the base of the lamps, are R30, R40 and PAR 38. You can find a complete list of the UPC number and date codes stamped on the affected light bulbs on the CPSC website. UPC numbers are located on the on the bottom of the box, or, for products in blister cards, at the top right corner of the back of the package.

The CPSC said that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and contact Philips to receive a free replacement. They can do so by calling Philips toll-free at (866) 622-6372 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday or by visiting the company's website.

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