March 23, 1998
Release # 98-086
|CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219
CPSC, Chandur Hasso Inc. Announce Recall of
Foreign Travel Electric Converters
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Chandur Hasso
Inc., of New York, N.Y., is recalling 2,400 foreign travel electric converters. These
converters could short circuit, presenting fire, shock and thermal burn hazards to
CPSC and the firm are not aware of any injuries involving these products. This recall is
being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
This model CH-1600 electric converter is intended for use by U.S. travelers overseas. It
converts international 220/440 volt electricity to 110/120 volts and is rated for 50 to
1,600 watts. The body is plastic on three sides and metal on the other three sides, and
has "1600 WATT FOREIGN TRAVEL CONVERTER" imprinted on the front plastic panel.
It was sold in a box labeled in part, "SOMITO," "1600 WATTS FOREIGN TRAVEL
CONVERTER," "Model CH-1600" and "MADE IN CHINA."
Small discount and electronic stores in Chicago and the New York metropolitan area sold
the converters from May 1997 through June 1997 for about $3.
Consumers should stop using these converters immediately and return them to the store
where purchased for a refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should
call Chandur Hasso Inc. at (800) 451-4244 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday through
Friday. Consumers who live in the New York metropolitan area should call (212)268-6265.
U.S. Customs alerted CPSC to this hazard.
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