|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2005
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 291-4289
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: 27-Inch Sharp Conventional Tube (CRT) televisions
Units: About 373,000
Manufacturer: Sharp Electronics Corp., of Mahwah, N.J.
Hazard: Power button can break allowing objects to be inserted through the opening. Foreign materials such as crayons, metal objects or straws can ignite posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Sharp has received 23 reports of fires. One incident is reported to have resulted in $20,000 in property damage. The others resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled 27-inch Sharp conventional tube televisions include models 27RS50, 27RS100 and CSR5027. The model number can be found on the label on the back of the television.
Sold at: The recalled televisions were sold at electronics retailers, department stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from March 2001 through February 2005 for about $250.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using these recalled televisions and contact Sharp Electronics Corp. for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: Call Sharp Electronics Corp. at (800) 291-4289 anytime or log onto the firm's Web site at www.sharpusa.com/tv - consumers can also email Sharp at TV@sharpsec.com
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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