Urgent Recall: Millions of Good Earth Lights Pose Lethal Fire Risk

An Illinois-based lighting company has recalled millions of their light products over a potentially fatal fire hazard.

Millions of Lights Recalled

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More than 1.2 million rechargeable integrated lights have been recalled by the company due to reports of serious fire and burn risks, with one death reported as a result.

US CPSC Issues Notice

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a notice announcing the recall last Thursday, urging customers to “immediately stop using the recalled lights” and to contact the manufacturer for a safer replacement. 

From 2017 to 2024

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Illinois-based company Good Earth Lighting produced these rechargeable LED motion-activated light bars, and all faulty models were sold between October 2017 and January 2024. 

One Death Caused

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According to the CPSC notice, these light bars have caused multiple house fires across the US with devastating results, including property damage, injury, and the death of at least one Good Earth customer. 

10 Reports

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Another customer also had to seek medical attention after their light bar overheated and caused another fire. So far there have been 10 reports of overheating lights, with six of these cases culminating in fires and property damage.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Overheating

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The fires have been caused by the light’s lithium-ion batteries which are typically used as an alternative for “permanently wired fixtures” in areas where wired lights cannot be installed.

Reports Occured Last Year

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Good Earth was alerted to the issue last year, and made the decision to “remove the lights involved in these incidents from sale to the public” out of “an abundance of caution.”

Six Months to Issue Recall

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It took six months before the recall could be officially announced by the CPSC as the agency needed time to investigate the recall, review it, and find an appropriate replacement initiative, according to a Good Earth spokesperson who contacted CBS’ Moneywatch following the report.

Working Closely With CPSC

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“We have been working in close coordination with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to conduct our investigation, submit the results for the agency’s review and develop an appropriate replacement program,” the spokesperson said in an email.

Voluntary Recall Announced

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“As soon as this process was completed, our company announced the voluntary recall jointly with the CPSC [and informed consumers and our retail partners about it],” they continued.

Canada and US Regulators Involved

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1.2 million light bars have been sold in the US, and 37,800 were also sold in Canada. Regulators in both countries have urged all customers to return their products.

Model Numbers Affected

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The affected Good Earth rechargeable lights include the model numbers E1122, RE1145, RE1362, and RE1250, and the model number can be found on a white sticker on the back of the light.

Select Stores

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The CPSC has identified these products as being sold at Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, Meijer, and Menards, and through online stores at Goodearthlighting.com, Amazon.com, Lowes.com, and QVC. 

Replacement Light of Equal Value

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Good Earth will supply all customers with a replacement light of equal value shipped anywhere within the US and Canada at no extra charge.

Customer Recall Instructions

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Customers who return their products have been asked to write the date and their initials on the back of the light, beside the model number, as well as the word “recalled” on the front. 

Send Through the Website

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They have also been asked to send photos of the light with the model number in view to the product recall page on Good Earth’s official website.

“Immediately Unplug and Stop Using”

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“Please immediately unplug and stop using your unit,” the Good Earth website reads. “Keep the unit until you have successfully followed the instructions for registering for the recall.”

Strong Encouragement to Participate

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“We will provide you with disposal instructions,” it continued. “We strongly encourage you to participate and contact us to obtain a free replacement.”

Public Acknowledgement

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The company has publicly acknowledged the fire hazards and mass recalls in a public statement, writing that they “will continue to hold ourselves to the highest quality and safety standards so that consumers feel safe and confident in their decision to purchase our highly energy-efficient and eco-friendly lighting products.”

How to Reach Out

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If you own one of these light bars, contact Good Earth at 800-291-8838 between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, from Monday to Friday. You can also send queries and product photos to [email protected].

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