WASHINGTON (AP) _ About 80,000 large-screen televisions are being recalled because they can leak coolant fluid, posing a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday.
Zenith Electronics Corp., of Lincolnshire, Ill., has received 45 reports since 1998 of coolant leaks resulting in smoking or charring of TVs, including four cases of minor property damage outside TVs. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled analog projection televisions, manufactured in Mexico, have screens ranging in size from 46 inches to 60 inches. They were manufactured from April 1995 through July 1997, and August 1998 through November 1998. The date of manufacture is printed on a white label on the back of the TVs.
The units were sold at appliance stores and department stores nationwide from about April 1995 through April 1999, for between $1,200 and $2,800.
The recall is an expansion of a 1998 Zenith recall involving 111,000 projection televisions.
The commission advised consumers to immediately contact Zenith anytime at 1-800-777-5195 to schedule a free inspection and repair. More information is available at the company's Web site for the recall, http://www.projorecall.com.