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October 20, 1999

Weather Alert Radio Recalled for Programming Error

This product recall notice was issued by the company in September, the CPSC issued their notice below today.  Click here if you would like to view the previous release.

KANSAS CITY, MO (SafetyAlerts) - Midland Weather Radios - Midland Consumer Radio Inc., of Kansas City, Mo., is recalling 9,000 weather radios. Only model 74-200 radios that have a serial number beginning with 904 or 905 are being recalled. The model and serial numbers are found on the bottom of the unit. The digital radio measures about 7.75 inches long, 5 inches wide and 2 inches high, and is made of black plastic. "MIDLAND SAME DIGITAL WEATHER/HAZARD ALERT MONITOR" is written on the top of the radio. This radio has a specific area message encoder (SAME) to sound alerts for an entire weather service broadcast area or for up to 15 selected areas. The radio has a battery backup, antenna, built-in alarm clock, digital message display for 56 types of watches or warnings, and alert status lights for statement, watch, or warning. Electronic, hardware, mass merchandise stores and truck stops nationwide sold the radios from May 1999 through August 1999 for about $70. Other Midland weather radios are not involved in this recall.

The radio contains a programming error, which can cause the device to fail to recognize certain signals broadcast by the National Weather Service. Consumers could fail to receive some National Weather Service notices advising of a severe weather threat putting lives and property at risk.

No reports of incidents or injury have been reported.

Consumers are advised to immediately return the recalled radio to the store where purchased to receive a new model 74-200 radio that has been programmed correctly. Consumers also can return the radio directly to Midland Consumer Radio, 1670 North Topping Ave., Kansas City, MO 64120 for replacement. For more information, call the company toll-free at (877) 302-1904 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

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