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More than 1.2 million Good Earth light bars recalled after multiple fires that killed 1 customer

More than 1.2 million rechargeable, integrated Good Earth light bulbs have been recalled in the United States after reports that they caused multiple fires, killing one homeowner, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Affected devices pose a fire and fire hazard because the batteries can overheat and ignite the plastic housing of the lamp, the recall said. An additional 37,800 lamps sold in Canada are affected.

Overheating of the product led to the death of one consumer and another person who was treated for smoke inhalation after an appliance caused a fire in their home, the commission said.

The Illinois-based company has received nine additional reports of overheating lamps, including six that caused fires and property damage, according to the commission.

“Immediately unplug the device and stop using your device,” Good Earth said in a statement on its website.

Here’s what you need to know.

Recalled lights described

The lithium-ion batteries in the lamps are designed as an alternative to permanently wired fixtures in places where wired lamps are difficult to install.

The devices, which are about 30 centimeters long, are sold in packs of one or two and in a variety of colors, from white, silver and black to almond and rose gold. They come with a charging cable and some have a remote control and a power adapter.

Which Good Earth light bar models are being recalled

The recalled lamps were sold between October 2017 and January 2024 at US hardware and home improvement stores Lowe’s and Ace Hardware, as well as online websites such as Amazon. A single unit of the product sold for about $20 and the bundle for about $35.

Recalled devices, which are manufactured in Cambodia and China, have model numbers starting with RE1122, RE1145, RE1362 and RE1250. Customers can find the model number on a white sticker on the back of the device.

The following model numbers have been recalled:

  • RE1122-WHG-12LF0-G

  • RE1122-WHG-12LF0-F

  • RE1122-SIL-12LF0-G

  • RE1362-RGB-12LF2-G

  • RE1250-WHG-12LFR-G

  • RE1122-SIL-12LF2-G as part of RE1145-SIL-12LF2-Q bundle

  • RE1122-ALM-12LF2-G as part of RE1145-ALM-12LF2-Q bundle

  • RE1122-WHG-12LF2-G as part of RE1145-WHG-12LF2-Q bundle

  • RE1250-WHG-12LF1-G as part of RE1250-WHG-12LF2-Q bundle

  • RE1250-SIL-12LF1-G as part of RE1250-SIL-12LF2-Q bundle

  • RE1250-BKG-12LF1-G as part of RE1250-BKG-12LF2-Q bundle

  • RE1250-RGP-12LF1-G as part of RE1250-RGP-12LF2-Q bundle

  • RE1250-ALM-12LF1-G as part of RE1250-ALM-12LF2-Q bundle

How to get a free replacement light bar

Good Earth Lighting is offering consumers affected by the recall a free replacement light bar with no shipping or handling charges.

The company recommends storing the device without using it until owners sign up for a free replacement and receive disposal instructions.

“We strongly encourage you to participate and contact us for a free replacement,” the company says.

Device owners write the date and initials next to the model number on the back of the device, write “Recall” on the front of the lamp, and upload photos to https://goodearthlighting.com/productrecall.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Good Earth recalls more than 1.2 million light bars after reported death