August 25, 1980  
Release # 80-031

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 25) -- Approximately 5,600 stereo turntables are being recalled by their manufacturer, Philips High Fidelity Laboratories, Ltd., of Knoxville, Tennessee, because they may pose a shock hazard to consumers.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Philips is a subsidiary of Magnavox Consumer Electronics Co., of Knoxville, Tennessee.

The turntables were wired improperly so that "safety fuses," which serve as circuit breakers, do not operate. In the event of a short circuit, consumers could receive a severe electrical shock by touching any metal part on the turntable or any metal components connected to the turntable. NO injuries or deaths have been reported to the company or to CPSC.

The recall includes Philips turntable models 22AF685/44B and 22AF685/94B. The turntables have been sold nationwide since March, 1979, for approximately $140 in stereo-equipment retail outlets. The model numbers are printed on a label affixed to the bottom of the turntable base.

Owners should contact the dealer from whom the unit was purchased or the Philips Consumers Affairs Department to make arrangements for free repairs. The company's toll- free number is 800-251-9104; in Tennessee, call 615-521-4460, and ask for Consumer Affairs.

Anyone wishing to verify the model numbers should contact CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 800-638-2772.