Recall: Salton, Inc.Recall of Timex Outdoor Appliance Timers

March 17, 2004
Release # 04-092
Company Phone Number: (800) 919-3101
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Salton, Inc. Announce Recall of Timex Outdoor Appliance Timers

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

Name of product: Timex Outdoor Appliance Timers

Units: 16,700

Manufacturer: Salton, Inc., of Lake Forest, Ill.

Hazard: The Timex timers have reverse polarity in the wiring, which allows current to flow to the attached appliance when the timer is turned off. Consumers can receive an electric shock.

Incidents/Injuries: One incident has been reported where the consumer received an electrical shock.

Description: The timer is designed to be mounted on a wall and plugged into a 120V outlet. It has an outlet on the underside for the appliance plug. Consumers can program the device to turn lights and appliances on or off at desired intervals. The word "Timex" is printed on the front door of the timer and on the dial inside. A label on the back includes the words "Model Number: 12/810."

Sold at: Selected Lowe's stores nationwide from November 2003 through December 2003 for about $20 each.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Salton to receive a prepaid shipping label to return the recalled timer. Salton will send the consumer a replacement timer.

Consumer Contact: Call Salton toll free at (800) 919-3101 between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or email Salton at

Picture of Recalled Timer