|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2004
Release # 04-190
|Matsushita Hotline: (800) 833-9626
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Panasonic, Quasar, RCA, and JCPenney Combination TV/VCRs
Units: About 500,000
Manufacturer: Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, Secaucus, New Jersey
Hazard: The TV/VCR cabinets can break when lifted by the ventilation holes in the top rear of the cabinet, permitting the TV/VCR to fall and injure hands and feet.
Incidents/Injuries: About 10 incidents have been reported in which the TV/VCR cabinet broke at the ventilation holes when lifted or carried, resulting in the TV/VCR dropping to the floor. Minor cuts and bruises have been reported in four incidents.
Description: The recalled combination TV/VCRs are gray/black and have these brandnames: Panasonic, Quasar, RCA, or JCPenney. The cabinets have ventilation holes in the top rear of the cabinet. Only the 13" and 20" Combination TV/VCR sets manufactured between January 1, 1995, and December 30, 1995, are recalled. These sets can be identified by the model number which appears on the front and rear of the cabinet. The following model numbers are included in this recall:
|Panasonic||13-inch models: PV-M1325, PV-M1345, PVM1365AD, AG-513B
20-inch models: PV-M2025, PV-M2035, PV-M2045, PV-M2065, AG-520B
|Quaser||13-inch model: VV-1305 20-inch models: VV-2005T, VV-2005, VV-2025|
|Thomson (RCA)||13-inch models: T13015BC, T13018BC 20-inch models: T20015BC, T20018BC, T20020BC|
|JCPenney||20-inch model: 685-0879|
Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from January 1995 through December 1996 for between $300 and $490, depending on the model.
Manufactured in: USA
Remedy: Consumers should contact Panasonic, Quasar, RCA, and JCPenney to receive a free retrofit kit to cover the ventilation holes and prevent lifting from this area.
Consumer Contact: Call Panasonic at (800) 833-9626 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Visit Panasonic's web site at www.Panasonic.com and www.RCA.com
Media Contact: Bill Pritchard at (201) 348-7182.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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