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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 1998

Release # 98-158
CONTACT: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
AIWA: Terry Shea
(212) 481-3456

CPSC, AIWA America Announce Recall to Repair Mini Audio Systems

CPSC, AIWA America Announce Recall to Repair Mini Audio SystemsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), AIWA America Inc., of Mahwah, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 200,000 mini home audio systems for repair. Approximately 108,000 units remain with consumers. The units could contain a faulty transistor that can cause the unit to smoke, presenting a fire hazard to consumers.

CPSC and AIWA America have received 100 reports of units smoking or emitting a burning odor and 3 reports of units catching on fire. No injuries were reported. The AIWA mini home audio systems subject to this recall have model number CX-NA303U on the back of the unit. The systems are silver and include a combination radio, tape and CD player, and speakers with black cloth grills. The CX-NA303U unit measures about 10 inches wide, 12 inches high and 13 inches long.

Electronics, department and discount stores nationwide sold the systems from March 1998 through July 1998 for about $200 to $250.

Consumers should stop using the systems immediately and call AIWA America toll-free at (888) 619-9353 between 6 a.m. and midnight EDT seven days a week for instructions on returning the systems for free repair. Alternatively, consumers can write to: AIWA America Inc., 800 Corporate Dr., Mahwah NJ 07430. AIWA America will make all necessary repairs, and return the systems to consumers with a complimentary headphone stereo.

Units not involved in this recall can be identified by a red and white "A" on the back of the unit. No other AIWA audio or video products are involved in this recall.

Model Location on Back of Unit.

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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