April 23, 2014

Recall: Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits Due to Fire, Burn Hazards

samsonite converter kit

Name of product:

Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits

Hazard:

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.

Consumer Contact:Samsonite; toll-free at (800) 382-7259 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; at e-mail recall@samsonite.com or online at www.samsonite.com/recall

Units

About 20,000

Description

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.

Incidents/Injuries

None reported in the U.S.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled travel converters and contact Samsonite to return the product for a full refund.

Sold at

Retail stores nationwide and at the Samsonite on-line store from January 2011 through December 2012 for approximately $35.

Importer

Samsonite LLC, of Mansfield, Mass.

Manufactured in

China