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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 1995

Release # 96-043
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Mascot Electronic A.S. Announce Cellular Phone Charger Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Mascot Electronic AS of Fredrikstad, Norway is recalling 65,800 ACH-4U cellular phone chargers used with Nokia cellular phones. Nokia has received reports that the charger's plastic cover may crack, and as a result the plug prongs located on the back of the charger may become loose. If the prongs loosen and break off of the charger while it is plugged in, the prongs can become lodged in electrical outlets. Consumers could receive an electrical shock if they try to remove the separated prongs from outlets.

The rectangular, black, plastic chargers measure approximately 3 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, and 1 inch tall and have grooves on the side. The words, "Made in Norway," the model number, and date code appear on the label affixed to the charger. This recall only applies to ACH-4U chargers with date codes 9531 through 9546.

The chargers were sold nationwide from July, 1995 to November, 1995 under the brand names Nokia and AT&T. Various cellular phone dealers sold the chargers as part of the basic sales package or separately as accessories. Mascot Electronic AS of Norway manufactured the chargers for Nokia.

Consumers who own a model ACH-4U charger should stop using it immediately and call Nokia at (800) 204-2567. Nokia will help consumers identify whether their chargers are part of this recall, and if they are, how to receive a free replacement charger.

Nokia is not aware of any injuries involving this product. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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