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Samsonite Recalls Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits Due to Fire, Burn Hazards
SAMSONITE RECALLS DUAL-WATTAGE TRAVEL CONVERTER KITS DUE TO FIRE, BURN HAZARDS
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits
Hazard: The converter can overheat if a load in excess of 50 watts is applied to the converter while in the 50-watt setting. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled travel converters and contact Samsonite to return the product for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: Samsonite; toll-free at (800) 382-7259 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.samsonite.com/recall
Photos are available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Samsonite-Recalls-Dual-Wattage-Travel-Converter-Kits/
Units: About 20,000
Description: This recall involves the Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits used to make standard U.S. and Canadian appliances usable abroad. The kit includes one black converter to change 220-volt AC electricity to 110-volt AC, two adapter plugs with round prongs, two with flat prongs and one grounded adapter plug with three flat prongs. The converter has a red switch to adjust the wattage of the appliance from 50 to 1600 watts. The words "Dual-Wattage Converter" and "Do Not Use 50W on Hair Dryer" appear on the front of the converter. The Samsonite logo appears on each piece in the set.
Incidents/Injuries: Samsonite is aware of three converters overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Sold at: Retail stores nationwide and at the Samsonite on-line store from January 2011 through December 2012 for approximately $35.
Importer: Samsonite LLC, of Mansfield, Mass.
Manufactured in: China
To see this recall, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Samsonite-Recalls-Dual-Wattage-Travel-Converter-Kits/
The Samsonite Dual Wattage Travel Converter Kit has six pieces
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