2.5 Million Light Bulbs Recalled Over Fire Concerns


About 2.5 million halogen light bulbs have been recalled, over concerns that they could be a fire hazard or shatter during use, causing cuts to consumers. An image of the recalled bulbs is included below.

The recall has been issued in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The light bulbs, sold under the brand name GTC halogen light bulbs, are a store brand sold by the H-E-B grocery chain. They were sold between August of 2015 to December of last year.

Consumers are encouraged to compare their light bulbs to the UPC codes and packaging below. If you find you have the recalled bulbs in your possession, you can return them to H-E-B for a full refund.

Two consumers have reported receiving cuts after the light bulbs shattered. One instance of a burn was also reported.

H-E-B reports that the light bulbs they currently sell are safe to use. The light bulbs they currently being sold come from a different manufacturer.

Here is the complete recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Name of product: GTC halogen light bulbs

Hazard: The halogen light bulbs can shatter while in use in a lamp or light fixture, posing laceration and fire hazards to consumers.

Remedy: Refund

Recall date: March 29, 2018

Units: About 2.5 million

Description: This recall involves GTC halogen light bulbs. They were sold in packages of 2 or 4 bulbs. The bulb packages were sold in 25 watt, 40 watt, 60 watt, 75 watt, or 100 watt bulb varieties in either clear or soft white colors. The bulbs measure approximately 4.5 inches in length and 2.375 inches in diameter. The tops of the bulbs read “GTC” and include the wattage and lumens values. The bulbs are packaged in blue and red cardboard boxes that read: “GTC NATURAL LIGHT” across the top, along with the wattage and color of the bulb. The UPC codes are printed on the product packaging. Only bulbs with the following UPC codes are included in the recall:

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Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled halogen light bulbs and return them to H-E-B for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 14 reports of the light bulbs shattering while in a lamp or light fixture. One consumer had a cut on his hand, and another had a burn to his hand and cuts on his foot.

Sold At: H-E-B stores in Texas or online at www.heb.com from August 2015 to December 2017 for about $2.20 (for 2 pack) and $4 (for 4 pack).

Importer(s): Parkway Trading and Manufacturing Company, of San Antonio, Texas (an HEB company)

Distributor(s): HEB Grocery Company LLC, of San Antonio, Texas

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 18-131

Consumer Contact: H-E-B at 800-432-3113 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.heb.com and click on Product Recalls under the Customer Service heading at the bottom of the homepage for more information

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