Ambient Weather Recalls Radios Due to Threat of Overheating
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If you're using an Ambient Weather radio to track an incoming storm, wind and lightning might be the least of your worries.

The Chandler, AZ company is issuing a recall for its line of weather radios, due to concerns that the AC power adapter can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Ambient Weather is recalling about 12,500 radios.

The weather radios are red and black and measure about 8 inches wide by 4 inches tall by 2 inches deep. "Ambient Weather," "AM/FM/Weather Band Radio" and "NOAA Weather Radio" are printed in white lettering on the front of the radio. Model number WR-334-U or WR-334A-U is printed in the owner's manual. Model number YHD0500500U is printed on a white sticker on the adapter.

The firm has received three reports of fire and smoke in the back battery area of the weather radios. No injuries have been reported.

Ambient Weather radios were sold online from November 2012 to December 2013 for about $60.

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Ambient Weather for a free replacement AC power adapter. The company can be contacted at (877) 413-8800.

Published: Thursday, August 13, 2015
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