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March 20, 1996

Release # 96-083
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, NuTone Announce Stereo-Cassette Player Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), NuTone Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, is announcing a recall to repair more than 25,000 "NuTone" brand ST-1000 Stereo-Cassette Players. Components in the power supply board may overheat, causing smoke damage or fire.

NuTone is aware of at least 16 incidents that resulted in property damage, ranging from melted cassette players to damage to the house itself. NuTone is not aware of any injuries involving this stereo. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The radios, measuring 14.5 inches long by 9.25 inches high, can be mounted flush against the wall and wired to remote speakers throughout the home. The stereos come in two colors, white and walnut. The words "NuTone" and "Model ST-1000" appear on the front of the radio to the left of the radio dial. The cassette deck is located at the lower right corner. The cassette players also feature volume, balance, tone and input selector dials on the front.

Various retail stores and electrical distributors sold the stereos nationwide from January 1990 to December 1995. The stereo-cassette players were also installed in newly constructed homes during the same time period. Model ST-1000D (walnut) and Model ST-1000WH (white) sold for approximately $200. Model ST-1000PKD (walnut) and Model ST- 1000PKWH (white) sold for $246 as part of a set that also included two speakers, wire, an antenna, and a transformer.

Consumers who have a Model ST-1000 Stereo-Cassette Player should stop using it and call NuTone at (800) 273-1124. Nutone will provide consumers with the name of a local service organization that will send a representative to the consumer's home to inspect and, if necessary, fix the radio free of charge.

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