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Agency Says Lowe’s Recalling Electric Bug Killers

July 10, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Electric insect killers which could catch fire are being recalled by Lowe’s Companies Inc., the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Friday.

Fires could occur in the machines if they are not cleaned frequently when being used in humid conditions, the agency said. It said Lowe’s has been advised of 14 fires in the machines, four of which caused property damage.

The recall involves about 21,000 model BK-2000-7 bug killers sold in 21 states since March 15. They retailed for $19.99.

The model BK-2000-7 ″Insect Electrocutor″ is black, about 13 inches tall and 8 inches square. It has a short black cord. A label on the top contains the model number and item number 73012 as well as the UL listing.

Owners of the machines were urged to discontinue using them, and to return them to the nearest Lowe’s store for a replacement. People needing more information can contact the safety commission at 800-638-CPSC.

The bug killers were sold at Lowe’s stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

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