News Roundup: Lutron Recall, Philips Pays $2 million Civil Penalty, Rockfon to Build First North American Factory

Lutron Recalls Roman Shades

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lutron Electronics has recalled Roman Shades due to a strangulation hazard. The recall involves 240 hobbled-style, motorized, or manual, custom-made Roman shades made out of fabric mounted on a metal frame, manufactured between December 17th, 2009 and July 23, 2015. No injuries or incidents have been reported, but there is a risk of strangulation if a child places his/her neck between the exposed ribbon (hobble tape) and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the tape out and wraps it around his/her neck. Consumers should immediately stop using the shades and contact Lutron Electronics for a full refund or a free replacement shade. For more information, here is the complete CPSC listing.

Image courtesy of CPSC.

Philips Lighting Agrees to Pay $2 million Civil Penalty

The CPSC has also announced that Philips Lighting North America has agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty to the government and implement a compliance program for failure to report to CPSC about a defect and an unreasonable risk of serious injury with EnergySaver (a/k/a Marathon or Marathon Classic) compact fluorescent lamps. The lamps were recalled in August 2011 after 1.86 million units were manufactured. After numerous complaints about glass separating from the body of the lamps and striking people and objects and attempting multiple design changes to fix the problem, Philips failed to report the matter to CPSC, according to the commision. The incidents resulted in 10 reports of lacerations and seven reports or property damage. Philips does not admit to the CPSC charges. For more about the penalty, compliance program, and recall, click here.

Image courtesy of CPSC.

Rockfon Announces First North American Manufacturing Facility

Rockfon, a subsidiary of Denmark-based Rockwool International and affiliate to Roxul, has announced plans to build its first North American acoustic ceiling panel manufacturing facility in the U.S. The new $40 million facility will to be located in Marshall County, Mississippi, about 31 miles outside of Memphis. This will be Rockfon’s fifth manufacturing facility worldwide, and will extend the global capacity and growing demand for Rockfon’s stone wool acoustic ceiling products in North America. Construction for the 130,00-square foot facility will begin in early 2016, with production expected to begin by mid-2017.

Rendering of Rockfon’s first North American manufacturing facility, to be located in Mississippi. Image courtesy Rockfon.


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