October 20, 1999Weather
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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