Philips Lighting North America Corporation has recently announced a voluntary recall of its halogen bulb products, specifically the Philips 60W PAR 16 120V. This is due to a serious safety hazard posed by the lens of the bulb when it shatters, causing possible laceration injuries and burn hazards.
Moreover, the affected bulbs can simply fall and shatter, causing the same injuries. Philips says that this is because the glue that attaches the glass lens to the body of the bulb can possibly fail and cause the lens to fall.
As of date, Philips has already received as many as 13 reports of the lens of the affected bulb shattering. Among these incidents are two laceration injuries and five reports of property damage amounting to $700. As much as 370,000 halogen bulbs are part of the recall.
The affected Philips 60W PAR 16 120V halogen bulbs were manufactured between November 13 and March 2015. Consumers are asked to check the date codes of their Philips halogen bulbs to see if it is part of the recent recall. Affected date codes for Philps halogen bulbs made in 2013 are 3L and 3M. Meanwhile, those made in 2014 have date codes 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L and 4M. Finally, those manufactured this year have the date codes 5A, 5B and 5C.
Consumers with affected halogen bulbs are asked to immediately remove them from and fixtures and contact Philips to request for packaging materials and instructions. The recalled halogen bulbs can then be returned at no cost while Philips also provides a replacement bulb, free of charge.
The affected light bulbs were actually made by Firstech Lighting Corporation in Shenzhen, China. Thus, all affected bulbs have been marked “China” as their country of origin. They were sold at Home Depot stores, professional distributors nationwide and online via Amazon.com between November 2013 and March 2015. The affected halogen bulbs retailed for about $10.