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Shock Hazard Results In Recall Of Radio Shack Kits For Electrical Test Meters

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Recall Date:
February 02, 1981

Recall Details

February 2, 1981  
Release # 81-007

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 2) -- More than 150,000 lead kits for electrical test meters are being recalled by Radio Shack, of Fort Worth, Texas, because they may pose a shock hazard to consumers.

The recall is being conducted voluntarily in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Radio Shack is a division of the Tandy Corporation.

Each kit consists of 11 separate pieces, including two probes which are plugged into lead wire tips and used to test electrical current. Each probe is designed in such a way that metal remains exposed even when it is fully inserted into the lead wire tips, thus posing a potential shock hazard to users. One consumer has reported receiving a shock from the product.

The kits were manufactured from 1971 through June, 1980, and were sold nationwide in Radio Shack retail stores for $4.99 each. They can be identified by catalog number 270-332 which appears on the package.

Consumers should return their kits to the nearest Radio Shack store for a full refund. For information on store locations, consumers should consult their local telephone directories or write to Radio Shack, One Tandy Center, Floor 1800, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102.

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

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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