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July 19, 2010

Re:    Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall of Light Poles

Dear Mayor:

On July 6, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of Whitco Company LP light poles 70 feet high or higher.  The light poles can fracture or crack and fall over posing a serious risk to bystanders.  As of June 2010, there have been 11 incidents of Whitco light poles falling over, but thankfully no injuries.

Please note that this recall does not affect all light poles, only those manufactured by Whitco Company LP, a Texas company that has since gone out of business.

The CPSC recommends having an engineer inspect the poles for cracking or fracturing damage.  Such damage may not be visible to the naked eye, and requires a professional.  Any cracked or damaged poles should be repaired or replaced immediately.

We recommend you discuss with your engineer or other appropriate professional the manufacturer of any light poles you may have and whether they should be immediately inspected.  Any questions may be directed to the Division of Consumer Protection at 973-504-6333, or the CPSC at 800-638-2772.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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