Note: Telephone number change.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hairdryer Recall Hotline: (800) 736-4648 

March 21, 2001

Remington Contact: Alexander R. Castaldi, (203) 332-9731

Release # 01-111


WASHINGTON. D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Remington Products Co., LLC, of Bridgeport, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 hairdryers. These hairdryers are not equipped with an appliance leakage current interrupter plug (ALCI plug) to cut off electrical current in case of contact with water. If dropped in water, the hairdryers pose an electrocution hazard to consumers.

CPSC and Remington have not received any reports of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The 1600 watt hairdryers have a chrome body, with black speed and heat controls. The model name, "Remington Vortex Ultra," is printed in black on one side of the air intake grill; with the model number, V-1030, and the words, "Do Not Immerse In Water" and "Made in China" printed in silver on the other side. The hairdryers have a UPC number of 0-74590- 87541-6, which is located on the packaging box.

The recalled hairdryers were sold nationwide in K-Mart; Sears; Target; Bed, Bath & Beyond; K's Merchandise; Service Merchandise; Eckerd; and Army and Air Force Exchanges and other retailers from July 2000 through January 2001 for between $18 to $25.

Consumers should stop using the hairdryers immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers also can mail the hairdryers to Remington Products Co., LLC, 60 Main St., Bridgeport, Conn. 06604. Consumers will be reimbursed the cost of shipping and should indicate whether they prefer a full refund or replacement hairdryer (which includes an ALCI plug). For more information, call Remington toll-free at (800) 736-4648 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Recalled product with no ALCI plug

No ALCI Plug

ALCI Plug

ALCI Plug