|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|May 3, 1991
|Release # 91-062
America Recalls Speakers
WASHINGTON, DC -- Mitsubishi Electronics America,
Inc. (MELA) of Cypress CA, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), today announced a voluntary repair program of its SS-2100 and SS-3100 stereo
speakers because of a possible fire hazard. Between June 1988 and January 1991,
approximately 27,000 pairs of these speakers were sold nationwide through authorized MELA
dealers. These speakers were sold separately and as components of E-1100, E-2100 and
E-3100 models of Mitsubishi brand audio systems.
MELA has determined that these speakers may be unable to handle the peak power supplied by
amplifiers sold with the component system or from amplifiers connected after purchase. In
certain cases, when the amplifier is operated at near-maximum volume levels for
approximately four to five hours, internal parts of the speaker may overheat and burn. The
firm reported five such incidents to CPSC. Although MELA has received no reports of
external fires, that possibility may exist.
Speaker model numbers can be found on the rear label of the speakers. Consumers who
purchased SS-2100 and SS-3100 speakers individually or as part of the Mitsubishi brand
audio system models E-1100, E-2100 and E-3100 should return them to their authorized MELA
service center for free replacement of the defective parts. No other component of the
systems mentioned or additional MELA products of any kind are affected by this recall.
Consumers may contact their nearest authorized MELA audio or television dealer or
telephone toll-free, 1-800-444-1636 for the name and location of the nearest service
The repair program is being announced as part of CPSC's mission to protect the public from
unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the
Federal agency responsible for product safety. Some 15,000 types of consumer products fall
within the Commission's jurisdiction.
MELA contacts for media information only are Jon Kasle of the Mitsubishi News Bureau at
1-800-828-6372 and Beth Brandegee, Corporate Public Relations Manager at 1-714-229-3829.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to email@example.com.