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Fire Danger Prompts Recall of Samsonite Travel Converter Kit

By Kelly Balamuth on February 19, 2013

We purchase products hoping that our investment will make our lives easier, more comfortable, or more convenient. Our travel plans often include buying products we know we will need when we are in a foreign country. We also want our loved ones to be able to travel safely without worry. One travel product that has attracted the attention of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently is the Samsonite dual-wattage travel converter kit. A recall of the product was issued on February 12, 2013.

The Northern California personal injury attorneys at Balamuth Law want consumers to be aware of product recalls. They understand that not all products sold are free of defects and safe to use and encourage consumers to be aware of these products.

Travel converter kits are needed to make standard Canadian and U.S. appliances work while travelers are in countries abroad. The Samsonite converter has the Samsonite logo on each piece in the set, and the set includes one black converter for converting 220 volt AC electricity, like the electric current available abroad, to 110 volt AC, the current used in American and Canadian homes, offices, etc. The kit also includes two round-pronged adapter plugs and one adapter plug with three flat prongs—a grounded adapter. A red switch allows adjustment for the appliance wattage from 50 to 1600 watts.

The Samsonite Company, Samsonite, LLC, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, has been made aware of three converters which have overheated. Approximately 20,000 units were manufactured in China.

Consumers may call (800) 382-7259 in order to be refunded for their purchase.

If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries due to a poorly designed or manufactured product, contact the Bay Area defective product attorneys at Balamuth Law. We know the harm that defective products can cause including burns and fires from products like the Samsonite travel converter kits. Please call (888) 254-1234 for a free initial discussion of your case.

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