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CONSUMER PROTECTION: Crystal Chandeliers Sold By Home Depot Being Recalled Due To Defective Light Bulbs That Pose A Fire Hazard

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — For the second time in a six days, dangerous lighting fixtures sold exclusively at Home Depot have been recalled, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Panama-based Lumicentro Internacional recalled about 10,500 Hampton Bay 3-Light and Home Decorators Collection 4-Light Crystal Chandeliers because the 50-watt halogen lights apparently are too hot for the fixture to handle.

“There have been 39 reports of plastic on the unit burning and melting, wires burned, or overheating in the 4-Light Chandelier and one report of the unit catching fire,” the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice admits.

No injuries were reported, though, which means the chandeliers have caused one less head laceration, one less arm laceration and one less arm burn than the 64,200 Home Decorators Collection Three-Light and Four-Light Comotti Vanity Fixtures recalled last week by Design Solutions International. DSI received 108 reports of the glass shades falling off the wall.

The chandeliers’ model numbers, found on the top of the units, are 03179-4 for the Hampton Bay brand and 19161-4 for the Home Decorators Collection brand. Home Depots in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico sold the Hampton Bay chandeliers from September 2013 through February. The big box hardware stores’ locations in the 50 states sold the Home Decorators Collection chandeliers from October 2015 through February.

Lumicentro wants consumers to take down the 16-pound chandeliers and contact the company at 888-356-6430 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday or online.
Lumicentro plans to send an upgrade kit with five-watt LED bulbs, suction cup, installation manual and warning labels that specify the fixture is rated only for maximum 6.5-watt LED bulbs.

Unstated in the recall notice: Customers can return the chandeliers to Home Depot for a refund. Contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at (800) 638-2772 if there’s a problem with the return.

A line of Crystal Chandeliers sold by Home Depot in St. Thomas, St. Croix and Puerto Rico has been recalled because of defective light bulbs that pose a potential fire hazard.

Other recalled consumer products recalled this week include utility vehicles because of a potential brake system flaw that poses a crash hazard.


DETAILS: Hampton Bay 3-Light Crystal Chandeliers and Home Decorators Collection 4-Light Crystal Chandeliers. Home Depot stores in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico sold the Hampton Bay 3-Light Crystal chandeliers from September 2013 through February 2017. Home Depot stores nationwide sold the Home Decorators Collection 4-Light Crystal chandeliers from October 2015 through February 2017.

WHY: The halogen bulbs sold with the chandeliers can melt parts of the fixture, posing fire and burn hazards.

INCIDENTS: 39 reports of overheating, melted or burned plastic, or burned wires in the 4-Light Chandelier and one report of it catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 10,500.

FOR MORE: Call Lumicentro Internacional at 888-356-6430 or visit and click the “Recall” button at the top of the page.

Here’s a more detailed look:


DETAILS: Four-wheel drive Cub Cadet 2016 Challenger utility vehicles. They were sold at independent Cub Cadet dealers nationwide from March 2016 through May 2017.

WHY: Air in the brake system can cause brake failure, posing a crash hazard to the user or bystander.

 INCIDENTS: 80 reports of brake failure. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 4,000.

FOR MORE: Call Cub Cadet at 888-848-6038, or visit and click on “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page.


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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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