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Ore. Co. Recalls Weather Radios

August 24, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An Oregon company is recalling about 10,000 weather radios after finding that some fail to decode certain National Weather Service signals and can provide incorrect severe weather warnings, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

Oregon Scientific, Inc., of Tualatin, Ore., is recalling the ``All Hazards Weather Radios,″ which use their ``S.A.M.E.″ technology to receive weather bulletins. The firm says it has received 12 reports from consumers who did not receive an emergency signal broadcast. No injuries have been reported.

The radios also function as AM/FM clock radios and have model number ``WR-122″ printed on the bottom. Only radios with that model number are part of the recall. Writing on the radio reads ``NOAA Weather Radio″ and ``OREGON SCIENTIFIC.″ The radios have two rectangular screens that display a clock and weather forecasts and warnings.

There are five black buttons on the right side of the radios that read ``NOAA,″ ``MESSAGE,″ ``AM/FM,″ ``PRESET″ and ``VOLUME.″ The unit measures about 6.75 inches long by 5.25 inches wide.

Retail outlets, catalogs and Web sites nationwide sold the radios from December 1999 through July 2000 for about $70.

The company said consumers should not rely on the recalled radios to receive emergency information, and they should contact Oregon Scientific at 800-869-7779 for instructions on how to receive a free replacement.

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On the Net:

Oregon Scientific: www.oregonscientific.com.

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