Recall: Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits
On 2013-02-12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits due to a potential fire and burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2011 for about $35.
About 20,000 units are involved in this Samsonite dual-wattage converter recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Power Supplies & Adapters category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 6 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 382-7259
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What is the problem?
The converter can overheat if a load in excess of 50 watts is applied to the converter while in the 50-watt setting. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves the Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits used to make standard U.S. and Canadian appliances usable abroad. The kit includes one black converter to change 220-volt AC electricity to 110-volt AC, two adapter plugs with round prongs, two with flat prongs and one grounded adapter plug with three flat prongs. The converter has a red switch to adjust the wattage of the appliance from 50 to 1600 watts. The words "Dual-Wattage Converter" and "Do Not Use 50W on Hair Dryer" appear on the front of the converter. The Samsonite logo appears on each piece in the set.
These items were sold new+ at Retail stores nationwide and at the Samsonite on-line store from January 2011 through December 2012 for approximately $35.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled travel converters and contact Samsonite to return the product for a full refund.
Samsonite; toll-free at (800)382-7259 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.samsonite.com/recall
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
None reported in the U.S.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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