May 8, 2002

Alert #02-537


PRODUCT: Astra International of New York, NY and Consumers Union of Yonkers, NY are voluntarily recalling about 15,000 glove compartment organizers. Astra International imported and sold these glove compartment organizers exclusively to Consumers Union. They were mailed in a white cardboard box, the kit is a black-cloth-covered case containing a flashlight, tire gauge, pocketknife, pen, and pad. Consumer Reports magazine, published by Consumers Union, offered this premium to new subscribers between October 2001 and April 2002.

PROBLEM: The flashlight can overheat when the batteries are inserted, presenting a possible burn hazard. Also, the tire gauge does not produce accurate measurements when used.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Consumers Union has received eight reports of flashlights overheating, including two minor burns to the hand.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should contact Consumers Union immediately for further information. Those who return the kit to Consumers Union or show they've discarded it will also have their magazine subscription extended for six months free of charge. In addition, Consumers Union will mail two free books to consumers as a replacement for the premium. For more information, contact Consumers Union toll free at (888) 471-8860, between 9:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Consumers Union has notified consumers directly by mail about this recall.

Picture of Recalled Glove Compartment Organizer