August 24, 2000Weather Radios Recalled by
OR (SafetyAlerts) - Oregon
Scientific Inc., said today it is recalling about 10,000 desktop weather radios because
the radio can fail to decode certain signals broadcast by the National Weather Service, or
can provide incorrect warnings of severe weather that puts lives and property at risk.
These All Hazards Weather Radios use
S.A.M.E. technology to receive local weather warnings broadcast by the National Weather
Service. The radios also function as AM/FM clock radios and have model number WR-122
printed on the bottom. Writing on the radio reads "NOAA Weather Radio" and
"OREGON SCIENTIFIC." The radios have two rectangular screens which display both
a standard clock and a dot matrix display of weather forecasts and warnings of severe
weather, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Also, there are five black buttons on the right
side of the radios that read "NOAA," "MESSAGE," "AM/FM,"
"PRESET" and "VOLUME." The unit measures about 6.75 inches long by
5.25 inches wide. The weather radio can be placed upright on a table or mounted on a wall.
Office super stores, mass
merchandise, home and hardware stores, catalog, and web sites sold the radios from
December 1999 through July 2000 for about $70. Only radios with model number WR-122 are
part of this recall.
The firm has received 12 reports from
consumers that did not receive an emergency signal broadcast by the National Weather
Service. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should not rely on the
recalled weather radios to receive emergency information. Call Oregon Scientific for
instructions on returning the radio to receive a free replacement. Oregon Scientific will
reimburse consumers for postage. Consumers can call Oregon Scientific at (800) 869-7779
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or go to the firm's web site here.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers August 24, 2000.
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