Electronics company recalling 50,000 amplifiers that can overheat and pose shock hazard

Thursday, April 17th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An electronics company is recalling about 50,000 home entertainment amplifiers that can overheat and pose an electric shock hazard to consumers.

Thompson, Inc., of Indianapolis, Ind., has received 12 reports of the amplifiers overheating, some of which caused the plastic front cover to melt, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled RCA 650-Watt Home Entertainment amplifiers are silver and have model numbers RT2600, RT2600DVD and RT2600DVD5 and serial numbers beginning with 220 through 230. The units may also have an ``A'' as the last character in the model number.

Radio Shack, Best Buy and other retailers sold the amplifiers from May 2002 to March 2003.

The government warned consumers to unplug the units immediately. Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-613-0897 for information on how to receive a free repair.