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April 25, 1996

Release # 96-111
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Comet World, Inc. Announce Photographer's Power Pack Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Comet World, Inc. of Hillside, N.J., is recalling about 1,600 "Jackrabbitpack" high capacity DC-DC voltage converters. The power packs are used by professional photographers to rapidly charge electronic camera flash lamps. If the cord that connects the power pack to the flash system is incorrectly inserted into the power pack, consumers could receive an electric shock.

Comet World, Inc. has received four reports of photographers who received electrical shocks when using the "Jackrabbitpack" with the connecting cord incorrectly inserted. The company and CPSC are not aware of any serious injuries associated with this product.

The black power pack measures two inches high, five inches wide, and 3.5 inches deep. A drawing of a white rabbit and an orange circle appear on the front of the pack, along with labelling that reads, "Dyna-lite Flash Equipment ... Jackrabbitpack (TM) ... Manufactured by DYNA-LITE, U.S.A. ..." An on/off switch is located in the bottom left corner, next to two small indicator lights. Consumers insert the connecting cord into receptacles located in the lower right front corner of the power pack. Consumers can carry the power pack by attaching a strap to two small metal D-shaped rings on the sides of the power pack.

Photography supply stores sold the "Jackrabbitpack" nationwide from January 1990 through March 19, 1996. A "Jackrabbitpack" packaged with a five hour charger sold for $259. A "Jackrabbitpack" packaged with a Dyna-lite self contained 400 watt second flash unit (UNI400JR) as part of the UNIJR-PS1 kit sold for $899. A "Jackrabbitpack" sold with an additional "Jackrabbitpack" and two UNI400JRs as well as light stands and umbrellas as part of the UNIJR-LW2 package system sold for $2,199.

Consumers should check the "Jackrabbitpack's" serial number located on a black and silver label on the back of the power pack and call Comet World, Inc. at (800) 722-6638, ext. 215. The company will help consumers determine whether their "Jackrabbitpack" is subject to this recall.

Consumers should stop using the recalled "Jackrabbitpack" immediately and return the "Jackrabbitpack," all AC chargers, and connecting cables used with the unit to the store where purchased for repair. Consumers can also mail the "Jackrabbitpack," charger and cables to Comet World, Inc., 311-319 Long Avenue, Hillside, N.J. 07205. The company will repair the "Jackrabbitpacks" and connecting cables free of charge and return them to the consumer within one week after the repair is completed.

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