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Electrical Tip of the Day: Do-it-yourself book recall

This just came to me from my Dad, he is a journeymen electrician, electrical inspector, and safety trainer out West.  Just goes to show how much bad information and lack of knowledge is out there in the trades.  Take a look at the recall list below, you have probably noticed these books at the home stores and major booksellers.  If you have question about how to safely do an electrical install at your home or business and do not feel that you are properly trained please contact a qualified electrical contractor.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2010
Release # 10-104
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 696-7602
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Home Improvement Books Recalled by Oxmoor House Due to Faulty Wiring Instructions; Shock or Fire Hazard to Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Home Improvement Books

Units: About 951,000

Publisher: Oxmoor House, Inc., of Birmingham, Ala.

Hazard: The books contain errors in the technical diagrams and wiring instructions that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves nine home improvement books, as listed below:

Title ISBN Publication Date
AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook 978-0-376-00180-1 January 2006
Lowe’s Complete Home Improvement and Repair 978-0-376-00922-7
978-0-376-01098-8
September 2005
December 1999
Lowe’s Complete Home Wiring 978-0-376-00928-9 May 2008
Sunset Basic Home Repairs 978-0-376-01581-5
978-0-376-01025-4
February 1995
January 1975
Sunset Complete Home Wiring 978-0-376-01594-5 December 1999
Sunset Complete Patio Book 978-0-376-01411-5
978-0-376-01397-2
978-0-376-01399-6
January 2006
January 1998
April 1990
Sunset Home Repair Handbook 978-0-376-01258-6
978-0-376-01256-2
October 1998
February 1985
Sunset Water Gardens 978-0-376-03849-4 January 2004
Sunset You Can Build – Wiring 978-0-376-01596-9 January 2009

Sold at: Home improvement stores and bookstores nationwide from January 1975 through December 2009 for between $13 and $35.

Printed in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these books and contact Oxmoor House for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Oxmoor House toll-free at (866) 696-7602 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.sunsetrecall.com

Picture of Recalled AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook Home Improvement Book

Picture of Lowe’s Complete Home Improvement and Repair Recalled Home Improvement Book

Picture of Sunset Basic Home Repairs Recalled Home Improvement Book

Picture of Recalled Sunset Home Repair Handbook Home Improvement Book

Picture of Recalled Lowe’s Complete Home Wiring Home Improvement Book

Picture of Recalled Sunset Complete Home Wiring Home Improvement Book

Picture of Recalled Sunset Water Gardens Home Improvement Book

Picture of Recalled Sunset You Can Build - Wiring Home Improvement Book

Picture of Recalled Sunset Complete Patio Book Home Improvement Book

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

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