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Recall of the Week: HeathCo motion sensing wall switches due to electrical shock hazard

By Rita R. Robison

HeathCo LLC is recalling about 75,000 Heath/Zenith and WirelessCommand motion sensing wall switches. 

Wall SwitchWhen the switches are in the auto mode and the light is off, a small amount of leakage current passes through the electric circuit, including the socket. If consumers fail to disconnect the power at the circuit breaker and make contact with both terminals inside the socket while replacing the bulbs, there is a risk of an electric shock.

No incidents or injuries have been reported, HeathCo and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

The recall involves Heath/Zenith and WirelessCommand motion sensing wall switches with model numbers listed here.

The wall switches replace a standard household wall switch and are designed to turn off the attached lighting load when motion is no longer detected in the room. They come in white or ivory. The brand name and model number can be found on a label located on the side of the switch.

Manufactured in China, the wall switches were sold at mass merchants, electrical distributors, hardware retailers, and online retailers from August 2007 through August 2011 for between $20 and $25.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wall switches and contact the company for a free wall switch replacement.

For additional information, contact HeathCo at 855-704-5438 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email hzproductnotice@heathcollc.com, or visit the company's website at www.heath-zenith.com/hzproductnotice.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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