Shocking straighteners recalled after Lightning lacks insulation

By James Wells

SYDNEY: Dateline Imports has announced the recall of two hair straighteners which have been sourced from the professional division of Conair in North America.

Dateline has recalled the Silver Bullet Lightning ES2000 straightening iron, which was sold in Australia since March
2005 and the Silver Bullet Lightning Plus ES2300 straightening iron between 9 November 2005 and 28 February 2006 after it was found that both products had inadequate insulation presenting consumers with a risk of electric shock.

According to Conair Australia marketing manager, Peter Brewer, the Silver Bullet brand is part of the Conair global brand portfolio, but it is not distributed by its local subsidiary.

"Conair Australia has no affiliation with Dateline Imports. The professional division is a separate division and Conair USA has set up a distribution agreement with Dateline to distribute the professional area of the business targeting hairdresser wholesalers and selected retailers," Brewer told Current.com.au

Dateline Imports also distributes the professional brand of hair stylers under the Babyliss brand.

Consumers have been advised to cease using the products and contact Dateline Imports at their Banksmeadow offices between 10.00am and 3.00pm on 1800 251 215.

Dateline Imports managing director, David Taylor, was contacted by Current.com.au, but refused to comment on the recall.

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