The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on June 19, 2012 a voluntary recall of Bel Air outdoor wall mount lanterns due to fire and safety hazards. The potential for an electrical short circuit in the internal wiring can lead to fire, burn, or electric shock. The company has received seven reports of incidents, two where the lantern caught fire. No injuries have been reported.
The lanterns are designed out of cast aluminum in a rust color and beveled glass. They were distributed from June 2006 to May 2012 and sold at Lowe’s stores and Lowe’s website under the Portfolio brand name. The item number is either 253366 or 44181. Consumers are urged to stop using the lanterns immediately and contact Bel Air for a replacement. The full text of the CPSC announcement is available on their website.