Bank recalls gift lamp over short-circuit fears

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 August, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 August, 2001, 12:00am

A table lamp given for free to new Standard Chartered Bank credit-card customers has been recalled because of a plug defect that could cause a short circuit.

About 12,000 were given out to successful credit-card applicants between September last year and June.

Engineers also warned the lamp cap might be exposed, leaking heat and electricity when the bulb was being replaced.

The lamps were made on the mainland but the plugs were manufactured in Malaysia.

Standard Chartered has issued recall letters to card-holders, offering free gifts in exchange for the lamps.

'We sent letters out on Monday to every one of 12,000 clients applying for various kinds of credit cards during the period,' a bank spokeswoman said.

A travel bag, a $50 Wellcome coupon and a two-year waiver of the credit card's annual fee are being offered in return for the defective lamps.

Details of the recall can be obtained from the bank's customer service inquiry hotline, 2292 9020.