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CPSC Recalls March 25, 2014 Ace Hardware LED Clamp Light Centex Homes Solar Panels

On March 25, 2014, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission issued these two product recalls:

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Ace Clamp-On LED Work Lights

Hazard: The cord bushing inside the light base could fail, allowing the cord wiring to pull out of the base, exposing bare wire and presenting a shock and fire hazard.

Remedy: Refund

Consumer Contact: Ace Hardware toll-free at (888) 827-4223 anytime or email or online at and click on the Product Recalls link for more information.

CLICK HERE to see photos of the product.

Recall Details

Units: About 15,000

Description: This recall includes the Ace Clamp-On LED Work Light measuring 3 inches wide by 2.5 inches deep and 2.25 inches high. It has a silver plastic lamp head with black rubber sides and eight LED lights on one side; a black plastic cube-shaped lamp base sized 1.75 inches wide by 2.25 inches deep by 2 inches high, a 6-foot black cord; and silver clamp with black rubber grips. The recalled units are stamped with the model number “DC004” and date code “08/13” on the back of the light base.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled clamp lights and return them to the local Ace Hardware store for a full refund.

Sold by: Ace Hardware retail stores and other hardware stores nationwide and online at www.acehardware.com from September 2013 to December 2013 for between $10 and $22.

Importer: Ace Hardware Corp. of Oak Brook, Ill.

Manufactured in: Indonesia

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Centex Homes Recalls Solar Panels Due to Fire Hazard

Recall Summary

Name of Product: SolarSave® roof panel 

Hazard: Fire

Remedy: Replacement

Consumer Contact: Visit Centex Homes, send an email, or send a fax to (800) 917-2201

CLICK HERE to see photos of the solar panels.

Recall Details

Units: About 240 homes

Description: This recall involves Open Energy 34 watt (OE-34) Solar Panel energy systems sold under the brand name Open Energy SolarSave Roofing Tiles. SolarSave panels replace conventional roof tiles and provide solar power to the building. This recall involves all brown, terracotta and gray OE-34 SolarSave roof tiles installed on new homes sold by Centex Homes (“Centex”). This recall does not include any other solar panels, except for the OE-34 model, installed on homes sold by Centex. 

Incidents/Injuries: Two incidents in which roof fires originated in or near the recalled roof panels have been reported. These incidents involve homes sold by Centex. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Centex has contacted directly customers impacted by the recall and performed free installations of new solar panels. Owners of homes with qualifying solar energy systems who have not been contacted by the company should turn off their solar energy systems immediately and contact Centex to schedule the installation of free replacement panels.  

Installed by: Subcontractors hired by Centex Homes, a Nevada general partnership.

Distributed by: Burlingame Industries, Inc., dba Eagle Roofing Products, located in Rialto, Calif.

Manufacturer(s): Open Energy Corporation, Inc. and Applied Solar, Inc., of Solana Beach, Calif., are no longer in business.

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