July 15, 2008
Release #08-330

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 643-3444

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: Bench Scale Adapters

Units: About 1,300

Manufacturer: American Weigh Scales, of Charleston, S.C.

Hazard: The recalled bench scale adapters can smoke, catch fire and melt, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: American Weigh Scales has three reports of incidents involving the adapters smoking after plugged in. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled bench adapters are silver colored. "MINI CHARGER" is printed on the back of the adapter. When plugged in a red light shines through a blue plastic piece on the outer side of the adapter. "AC Adapter" is printed on a white label on the inner side. The adapters are used with bench scale model AMW-13, AMW-1000, AMW-2000, and AMW-500i.

Sold at: Online at,,, and and through American Weigh Scales distributors from February 2008 through March 2008 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the adapters and return them to American Weigh Scales for a credit towards the purchase of another product, or to receive a replacement adapter. Replacement adapters will be black in color. American Weigh Scales will reimburse consumers for shipping and handling charges on returns.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact American Weigh Scales toll-free at (866) 643-3444 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at


Picture of Recalled Bench Scale Adapter


Picture of Recalled Bench Scale Adapter