Colorado defective household products: Target recalls lamp

Colorado shoppers may need to be aware of a recall of a product sold exclusively at Target. The product is the Threshold Floor Lamp. As is the case with other defective household products, consumers are being asked to stop using the product immediately and unplug it.

The Threshold Floor Lamp that is subject to the recall is made of plastic, is white, has a "turned-spindle design" and lampshades made of white fabric. It takes two three-way bulbs. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the defective floor lamp can short circuit when a one-way bulb is securely fastened into the three-way socket of the lamp.

The recall comes after six reports of the lamps short-circuiting. There has been minor damage to property and fire and two people were shocked. Records show that about 25,000 of the lamps have been sold across the United States. The defective lamps may be returned to consumers' local Target for a refund. Colorado consumers that have questions regarding the recall can contact Target by phone or on the store's website.

Numerous people are injured every year by defective household products. When that happens, consumers are entitled to file products liability claims against the party or parties that may be responsible for the product being defective. For instance, manufacturers, distributors or installers may all end up being held responsible for a household product that is defective and ends up causing injury or death to a consumer. Costs and damages such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering may be recovered if a claim is successful.

Source: North Allegheny Pa. Patch, Target Recalls Threshold Floor Lamps, Richard Cook, Sept. 3, 2013

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