Fluorescent shop lights recalled from Home Depot
Cordelia Lighting is recalling its Commercial Electric Fluorescent Shop Lights from Home Depot shelves after receiving 888 incident reports.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the lamp sockets have a tendency to foster loose connections, which creates a potential fire hazard.
Of the many reports, 382 have involved smoking, 328 units have caught on fire, 173 involved sparking and five units exhibited electrical arcing. No injuries have been reported.
The recall affects about 222,000 units of the Commercial Electric brand lights that use two 48-in., two-pin, T8 fluorescent lamps. The metal fixture is about 48 ins. long, 4.25 ins. wide and 2.5 ins. high and comes with two 10.5-in.-long chains for hanging. A white label on top displays model number CESL401-06 and SKU number 201-462. They were sold exclusively at Home Depot from August 2013 through March 2014 for about $13.
The CPSC is urging customers to immediately discontinue use and unplug the lights. They can be returned to any Home Depot store for a full refund.
Nest recalls 440,000 smoke alarms
Nest Labs is recalling approximately 440,000 units of its Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering potentially dangerous flaws in the Nest Wave feature.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearby activity during a fire can prevent the alarm from immediately sounding when the Nest Wave feature is enabled, which is intended to silence alarms with the wave of an arm. However, there have been no reports of any incidents thus far.
The announcement follows shortly after the company decided to halt sales of the product.
The recall affects all Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms, which come in black or white with the word "nest" on a large button on the face of the alarm. They were sold at Best Buy, Home Depot and other retailers nationwide, as well as online at nest.com, amazon.com, bestbuy.com and homedepot.com from November 15, 2013 to April 3, 2014 for about $130.
Users who are connected to the wireless network should receive an automatic electronic update that disables the Wave feature.
Those who aren’t connected are advised to do so immediately in order to receive the update, and to confirm with Nest Labs that their software is up to date.
Toro’s sales plow ahead in Q2
The Toro Company made solid progress in the second fiscal quarter of 2014, with net sales up 5.8% and earnings pushing ahead 11.1%.
Total sales for the three-month period ended May 2, 2014 were $745.0 million, up from $704.5 million a year ago. Sales for the six-month period were also up 3.6%.
Meanwhile, net earnings came in at $87.1 million for the quarter, compared to $78.4 million in 2013.
“I’m proud of our team’s execution that delivered record sales and earnings for the quarter despite challenging spring weather conditions for the second straight year,” said Chairman and CEO Michael Hoffman. “Although retail sales of some residential products were hampered by the late spring, we experienced strong growth in our landscape maintenance business."
Despite challenging winter weather conditions that impacted sales across the industry, Toro attributed part of its success to strong demand for snow products and landscape maintenance equipment.
"Contractors who benefited from the robust snow season last winter invested in more new turf equipment during the quarter, favoring our productivity-enhancing mowers," added Hoffman. "In addition, shipments of golf equipment and irrigation products increased due to channel demand for our innovative new product offerings, including the recently introduced INFINITY sprinklers.”