January 30, 2003Zenith Has Recalled Large-Screen, Analog
- Zenith Electronics Corp. has recalled
80,000 large-screen, analog projection televisions manufactured between 1995
and 1998. This recall is an expansion of a 1998 recall program involving
111,000 projection television sets. A tear in a gasket can cause coolant
fluid to leak from the picture tube assembly. This can cause smoking,
charring, and electrical arcing inside of the television, posing a fire
hazard to consumers.
Since 1998, Zenith has received 45 reports of incidents involving coolant
leakage, causing smoking or charring with the televisions, including four
cases where minor property damage occurred outside of the unit. No injuries
have been reported.
The projection televisions recalled in this expansion and the earlier
program have 46-60 inch screens and were manufactured from April 1995
through July 1997, and August 1998 through November 1998. The date of
manufacture can be found on the white label on the back of the set. These
televisions were manufactured in Mexico. Projection televisions manufactured
after 1998 are not included in this recall.
Major appliance and department stores nationwide sold these televisions from
about April 1995 through April 1999 for between $1,200 and $2,800.
Consumers who have one of these televisions should pick up the phone
immediately and contact Zenith at (800) 777-5195 anytime to arrange for a
free inspection and repair. Consumers also can visit the company's dedicated
website at www.projorecall.com.
In cooperation with CPSC, Zenith conducted a recall beginning in 1998, in
which they notified owners of the television sets covered by the program,
which resulted in 61,000 units being repaired. This notice is intended for
consumers who did not participate in the first program or have one of the
80,000 televisions being added to the 1998 program.