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Cooper Lighting recalls 1.6 million fluorescent lights in the US for fire hazard

Mug shot: This is one of 11 pictures of Cooper's offending lighting fixtures that the Consumer Product Safety Commission released. To view them all, click on the link in the story.

US company Cooper Lighting is recalling over 1.6 million fluorescent lighting fixtures because ‘the socket can overheat, arc and melt, posing a fire hazard,’ the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The firm has received seven reports of such incidents, none with known injuries.

‘Consumers should immediately stop using the light fixture and contact Cooper Lighting for a free replacement,’ the agency noted.

The recall in the US and Canada affects about 1.65 million 2-light Portfolio and Utilitech fixtures stamped with dates near their ballast of between July 1, 2011 and March 31, 2015.

The made-in-China products were sold mostly in the US (27,000 of them in Canada) through April of this year at between $13 and $67 by retailers Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, True Value and others.

Photo is from US Consumer Product Safety Commission