June 6, 2006

LTD Commodities LLC Recalls Ficus Trees Sold with Lights 

Name of Product: Lighted Ficus Tree

Units: About 2,500

Distributors: LTD Commodities LLC, of Bannockburn, Ill.

Hazard: The lights attached to the ficus tree have undersized and exposed wires, which pose a risk of electric shock and fire hazards.

Description: The pre-lit 5-foot ficus tree inside a bamboo basket includes a green light string featuring 70 clear mini bulbs wrapped and attached throughout the leaves and around the trunk. A silver holograph UL sticker and cautionary label with UL File number E254698, Model no. WL-70/2C is attached to the end of the cord. At the end of the decorative light string includes a tag with the marking E254698 and model number WL-70/2C similar to the label shown in the photograph below.

Sold by: Catalogs nationwide and shipped between November 27, 2005 through December 11, 2005 for about $24.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the lights, remove the light string from the ficus tree and destroy the lights by cutting the cord. Consumers with affected lights will receive a free, new UL-listed light string set with shipments starting on June 12, 2006.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LTD Commodities toll-free at (866) 736-3654 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit our Web site at http://www.ltdcommodities.com/home/info/service/recall.asp