Recalled Panasonic Televisions Pose Serious Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazard to Children
The mounting screws that connect the swivel stand to the television can come loose
Approximately 885 Panasonic 55-inch flat screen LED/LCD televisions with tabletop swivel stands are being recalled because they pose a significant tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in serious injuries or death to children.
The mounting screws that connect the swivel stand to the television can come loose and cause the television to tip over and fall off the stand unexpectedly, potentially falling on and trapping a child.
This recall involves Panasonic 55-inch LED/LCD flat screen televisions with a tabletop swivel stand intended for use in hotels, government buildings, and schools. The televisions are black with Panasonic is printed on the front.
A model number of TH055LRU50 is printed on a tag located in the center of the back of the television. The swivel stand is a glossy black color and measures 50.5 inches long by 32 inches tall by 11.1 inches deep. There is a label on the front underside of the base as well as a number etched into the metal.
Where were they sold?
The affected television and swivel stands were sold to hotels, government buildings, and schools from July 2012 through March 2014.
No injuries related to this recall have been reported, to date.
What should consumers do?
Panasonic says that consumers using the swivel stand should immediately detach it, place the television in a safe location away from children, and contact them for a free repair kit.
For more information about this recall, Panasonic customer service can be reached at (855) 772-8324.
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