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Recall of the Week: Bel Air Lighting outdoor wall mount lanterns due to fire, burn, and shock hazards

Lanterns Outdoor

By Rita R. Robison

Bel Air Lighting Inc. is recalling about 99,700 outdoor wall mount lanterns.

An electrical short circuit can occur in the lanterns' internal wiring, posing a risk of fire, burn, and electric shock to consumers, Bel Air Lighting and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

The firm has received seven reports of incidents, including two reports of lanterns catching fire. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves outdoor wall-mount lanterns made of cast aluminum in a rust color with beveled glass. A question mark shaped piece of metal connects the lantern body to the wall-mount plate.

The lanterns were sold at Lowe's stores under the Portfolio brand name with item number 253366 and at lighting showrooms with item number 44181.

The brand name and item number are printed on the product's packaging. Lanterns included in the recall are 19.25-inches tall by 9.75-inches wide by 9.25-inches deep and have a three-light candelabra base cluster inside. Part number "E194303" is printed on the base plate and on a label affixed to one of the light sockets.

Manufactured by in China by Zhongshan De Gao Lighting Co. Ltd. and Zhongshan Huayi Lighting Co. Ltd., the lanterns were sold Lowe's stores and in lighting showrooms nationwide and at Lowes.com from June 2006 through May 2012. The price was about $48.

Consumers should immediately stop using the lanterns and contact Bel Air Lighting for a free replacement lantern, the firm and commission advise.

For additional information, contact Bel Air Lighting at 888-770-7018 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.regcen.com/belairlighting.

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

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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