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Target recalls Circo Children's Task Lamps due to laceration and fire hazards

Consumer Reports News: July 21, 2011 12:53 PM

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Target today announced the voluntary recall of about 13,000 Circo Children’s Task Lamps due to laceration and fire hazards.

The company said the lamps may overheat, causing the adhesive inside the lamp socket to melt and migrate into the bulb area of the socket. Melted glue that moves to the electrical components of the lamp poses a fire hazard. Additionally, the cooled glue can adhere to the light bulb base, making the bulb difficult to remove. That can result in a broken light bulb, which poses a laceration risk to consumers.

Target said it has received six reports of glue on the lamp socket melting and migrating to the bulb area of the socket. No injuries have been reported.

Four styles of the lamps are being recalled, and each has a label with the UPC number on the bottom:

  • Striped—navy-colored head with sky blue and white stripes and a blue lamp base. (UPC 490970221923)

  • Sports—white head with baseball stitch pattern and blue lamp base. (UPC 490970222685)

  • Dot—white head with lines of multicolored dots and lavender lamp base. (UPC 490970224047)

  • Flower dot—pink head with pattern of white flowers and leaves and pink lamp base. (UPC 490970221947)

The lamps were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and on from January 2011 to April 2011 for about $13.

Consumers should immediately stop using the lamps, and can return them to any Target store for a full refund. For additional information, contact Target Guest Relations at (800)-440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit


Evan MacDonald

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