Lex Fracier is a service technician at Ray's TV and Appliance in Lubbock. It's his job to repair television sets, including ones that are recalled by the manufacturer. This month, Zenith issued a recall on 80,000 big screen TV sets that are 46 to 60 inches. Fracier says, "It's actually a re-recall. They've already done this once. It's just to catch the people who weren't caught on the original recall. It was a gasket leak in the CRT which caused coolant to leak into the power board and cause the power board to short out."
Only sets made from April 1995 through April 1999 are affected. Fracier says, "People need to contact Zenith. There is a contact number for Zenith. Then Zenith will contact us to come out and do repair on the set or modification." If you believe your set is recalled, you can call Zenith at 1-800-777-5195.
Now for a warning from Cooper Lighting. The company wants all consumers to understand that 500-watt halogen light bulbs are for outdoor use only. The high powered bulbs could cause a fire if used in a floor lamp or other indoor fixture. The bulbs are currently sold at Wal-Mart, Lowe's and other retailers but the boxes do not always include the warning.
Now, for the final recall on this month's list, the cushy beanbag chair. Baseline Design is recalling 30,000 beanbag chairs because some of them have zippers that are easy for children to unzip. In turn, children could inhale the small beads inside and suffocate. The beanbags were sold at Wal-Mart stores in 1999 for about $30. If your bag unzips easily, you should call Baseline at 1-800-497-3626 for a free replacement.
That wraps up this month's Recall Roundup. For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.