Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report – Standards Project: Seasonal Lights 2016-2017
Standards Project: Seasonal Lights
Fiscal Year 2016/2017
The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and regulations made under it.
The purpose of this Standards Project was to sample decorative lighting products and test them to the performance criteria of a consensus-based safety standard in order to verify compliance to the CCPSA. The safety standard used as a basis for the project testing was CSA Standard C22.2 No. 37–14 Decorative Lighting Products.
For this project, compliance of select decorative light strings, including those used on decorative pre-lit items such as Christmas trees and wreaths, was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled any relevant product(s). Compliance to the project requirements, which were based on the standard, was then verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.
Prior to initiating this project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to quantify the presence of seasonal lights stakeholders in Canada. This effort resulted in a list of retailers and distributers that carried these products in Canada. These companies were sent a letter to advise them of the project and their responsibilities under the CCPSA. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.
Over the course of the 2016/17 fiscal year, electrical, mechanical and flammability testing of twenty-five different products were carried out. The testing resulted in two recalls, one stop sale, one stop distribution, and twenty-one instances where no corrective action was required.
Readers should consult the individual recall notices for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.
|Brand||Product Name||Source of Sample||Determination||Corrective Action|
|Amscan||Railroad Lantern Lights (Indoor & Outdoor)||Amscan Canada||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Apex||50 LED Lights (Indoor and Outdoor, C6 Multi)||London Drugs Limited||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Canvas Holiday (Powered by Noma)||Indoor 7' Lifelike High Park Pine Tree||Canadian Tire||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Celebrate It||4 ft. Hillside Pine Christmas Tree||Michaels Stores, Inc.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Danson Decor||40 Light Set – Indoor, Halloween||Dollarama L.P.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Danson Decor||50 C3 Indoor LED Lights||Danson Decor||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Danson Decor||35 M5 Indoor LED Lights||Danson Decor||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Danson Decor||100 Mini Indoor/Outdoor Incandescent Lights||Jacques Laferté||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Decolite||Mini Lights - 50 Light Set (Outdoor & Indoor, Multi-colour)||CTG Brands Inc.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Gardenworks||3'x22" Princess Pine Tree 70 bulbs||Canada GardenWorks Ltd.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Gardenworks||36"x30" Flocked Balsam Pine Tree 50 bulbs||Canada GardenWorks Ltd.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Holiday Memories||Holiday Memories 32" Collapsible Holiday Figure (Reindeer)||The Shopping Channel||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Holiday Memories||Holiday Memories 4.5' Cashmere Tree Mix Prelit Holiday Tree||The Shopping Channel||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Holiday Time||LED M5 Light Set (Warm White)||Walmart Canada||No compliance issues detected||None|
|InStyle Holiday||50 LED M5 Light Set (Warm White)||Home Hardware Stores Ltd.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|MAGI Decor||70 LED C-6 Lights (Red)||Le Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) Inc.||Did not meet strain relief requirement||No product was distributed to stores. Stop distribution at warehouse.|
|Noma||Indoor/Outdoor Quick Clip 100 C9 Multi LED Light set||Canadian Tire||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Spirit||Spirit Halloween - 100 Purple String Lights (manufactured April 2016)||Spirit Halloween||Did not meet flammability requirement*||Stop Sale by Spirit Halloween|
|Spirit||Spirit Halloween - 100 Purple String Lights (manufactured April 2015)||Spirit Halloween||Did not meet strain relief requirement*||Voluntary Recall by Spirit Halloween|
|Spirit||Spirit Halloween - 100 Purple String Lights (manufactured April 2016)||Spirit Halloween||No compliance issues detected*||None|
|String Lights Multi||String Lights Multi - 100 count (Indoor & Outdoor)||Bed Bath & Beyond||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Sylvania||50 LED C6 Lights RED||Peavey Mart||Did not meet strain relief requirement||Voluntary Recall by Inliten, LLC|
|Sylvania||Sylvania 50 LED C6 lights (multicolor)||Groupe BMR Inc.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Sylvania||50 mini lights clear||Home Hardware Stores Ltd.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Winter Wonderland||Set of 2 Pre-lit Garland (Outdoor / Indoor)||Bed Bath & Beyond||No compliance issues detected||None|
*Note: Although these products had similar product names, they had different wiring which likely contributed to the different results.
Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed. Due to this biased nature of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).
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