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Safety Alert

Ambient Weather Recalls Weather Radios Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Ambient Weather radios

Hazard: The weather radio's AC power adapter can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact: Ambient Weather toll-free at 877-413-8800 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. MT, online at www.ambientweather.com and click on Customer Service, then Recall Information for more information, or at www.ambientweather.com/recall.html.

Units: About 12,500

Description: This recall involves Ambient Weather 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. The radios have a black crank handle on the back, an antenna on the top, a single LED flashlight on the left side, a clip on the right side and a cable to charge a smart phone. Model number WR-334-U or WR-334A-U is printed in the owner's manual. The AC power adapter is black and has a rounded back. Model number YHD0500500U is printed on a white sticker on the adapter.

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

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled weather radios and contact Ambient Weather for a free replacement AC power adapter.

Sold at: Online at AmbientWeather.com and Amazon.com from November 2012 through December 2013 for about $60.

Importer: Ambient Weather, of Chandler, Ariz.

Manufactured in: China