Safety Alert Number 1001310


Home Improvement Books Recalled by Oxmoor House Due to Faulty Wiring Instructions; Shock or Fire Hazard to Consumers

Release # 10-104

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 696-7602
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Home Improvement Books

Units: About 951,000

Publisher: Oxmoor House, Inc. , of Birmingham, Ala.

Hazard: The books contain errors in the technical diagrams and wiring instructions that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves nine home improvement books, as listed below:

Title / ISBN / Publication Date
AmeriSpec Home Repair Handbook / 978-0-376-00180-1 / January 2006
Lowe's Complete Home Improvement and Repair / 978-0-376-00922-7 / September 2005
Lowe's Complete Home Improvement and Repair / 978-0-376-01098-8 / December 1999
Lowe's Complete Home Wiring / 978-0-376-00928-9 / May 2008
Sunset Basic Home Repairs / 978-0-376-01581-5 / February 1995
Sunset Basic Home Repairs / 978-0-376-01025-4 / January 1975
Sunset Complete Home Wiring / 978-0-376-01594-5 / December 1999
Sunset Complete Patio Book / 978-0-376-01411-5 / January 2006
Sunset Complete Patio Book / 978-0-376-01397-2 / January 1998
Sunset Complete Patio Book / 978-0-376-01399-6 / April 1990
Sunset Home Repair Handbook / 978-0-376-01258-6 / October 1998
Sunset Home Repair Handbook / 978-0-376-01256-2 / February 1985
Sunset Water Gardens / 978-0-376-03849-4 / January 2004
Sunset You Can Build - Wiring / 978-0-376-01596-9 / January 2009

Sold at: Home improvement stores and bookstores nationwide from January 1975 through December 2009 for between $13 and $35.

Printed in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these books and contact Oxmoor House for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Oxmoor House toll-free at (866) 696-7602 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.sunsetrecall.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10104.html