Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
Samsonite has announced a recall of its Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits.
The converter can overheat if a load in excess of 50 watts is applied to the converter while in the 50-watt setting. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
This recall involves the Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits used to make standard U.S. and Canadian appliances usable abroad. The kit includes one black converter to change 220-volt AC electricity to 110-volt AC, two adapter plugs with round prongs, two with flat prongs and one grounded adapter plug with three flat prongs.
The converter has a red switch to adjust the wattage of the appliance from 50 to 1600 watts. The words 'Dual-Wattage Converter' and 'Do Not Use 50W on Hair Dryer' appear on the front of the converter. The Samsonite logo appears on each piece in the set.
The recalled converters were sold at retail stores nationwide and at the Samsonite online store from January 2011 through December 2012.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled travel converters and contact Samsonite toll-free at 800-382-7259 to return the product for a full refund.