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Subwoofer Speakers Recalled by Paradigm Electronics Due to Fire Hazard

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Recall Date:
September 07, 2010

Recall Details

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: Paradigm Cinema 70 CT Subwoofers

Units: About 2,200

Importer: Paradigm Electronics, of Ontario, Canada

Hazard: The subwoofer can overheat when the speaker system is played at high outputs for an extended period of time, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a subwoofer overheating causing minor property damage to the carpet beneath the speaker. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves subwoofer speakers sold as part of the Paradigm Cinema 70 CT 120 volt and Paradigm Cinema 70 CT 230 volt system. The speakers have a black finish and serial numbers beginning with 111028 and higher. The serial number is located on the amp panel on the back of the subwoofer. The speaker system includes two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center channel and subwoofer. Subwoofers with an amperage rating of 1.25A L 250 volt are not included in this recall. The amperage rating is located on the back panel of the subwoofer.

Sold at: Small specialty stores and independent audio products dealers nationwide and online at from July 2009 through August 2010 for about $700.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled speakers and contact Paradigm for a repair kit. The kit contains a replacement fuse and detailed instructions on how to remove the fuse and install a new one. Consumers will also receive a revised fuse rating label to be applied directly over the original label.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Paradigm toll-free at (877) 419-1994 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at

Recalled subwoofer speaker

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