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CPSC, RadioShack Announce Recall of Video Head Cleaner

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Recall Date:
May 11, 2005

Recall Details

May 11, 2005
Release #05-169
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 843-7422 


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: Wet System Video Head Cleaner

Units: About 1 million

Importer/Retailer: RadioShack Corp., of Fort Worth, Texas.

Hazard: The cleaning solution bottle, which is labeled as containing isopropanol, actually contains methanol. Methanol can be fatal or cause blindness if swallowed. It is much more toxic than isopropanol. Also, the cleaning solution bottle does not have special cautionary labeling and child-resistant packaging, as required by Federal regulation for methanol.

Incidents/Injuries: RadioShack has received 39 reports from their poison center of children accessing this product. No injuries or illnesses have been reported.

Description: The recalled non-abrasive "Wet System" Video Head Cleaner was sold in a box labeled "Video Head Cleaner," "RadioShack" and "44-1230" or "44-1213." The box contains a cleaning video cassette and a bottle of cleaning solution. The 4-inch-high white plastic cleaning solution bottle is labeled "Video Head Cleaning Fluid" or "Cleaning Liquid for HEAD CLEANER." Other writing on the bottle includes "Contents: Isopropanol," and the item number "44-1230" or "44-1213."

Sold at: RadioShack stores nationwide and from December 1995 through January 2005 for about $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately place this product out of reach of children and return the product to the nearest RadioShack store for a refund, or dispose of the bottle of cleaning fluid in accordance with all state and local requirements.

Consumer Contact: Call RadioShack at (800) 843-7422 anytime, or go to the firm's Web sites at and

Picture of Recalled Video Head Cleaner

Picture of Recalled Video Head Cleaner

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