Subwoofer speaker fire hazard

On July 12, 2011 Health Canada has recalled the Paradigm Cinema 70CT Subwoofer.

This recall involves subwoofer speakers sold as part of the Paradigm Cinema 70 CT 120 volt and Paradigm Cinema 70 CT 230 volt system. The speakers have a black finish and serial numbers beginning with 111028 and higher. The serial number is located on the amp panel on the back of the subwoofer. The speaker system includes two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center channel and subwoofer.

Subwoofers with an amperage rating of 1.25A L 250 volt are not included in this recall. The amperage rating is located on the back panel of the subwoofer.

What is the danger?

The amplifier in the subwoofer can overheat when the speaker system is played at high outputs for an extended period of time, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

The firm has received two reports of subwoofers in the United States overheating; one subwoofer caught fire and the other subwoofer emitted smoke. No injuries have been reported.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these subwoofers.

What should I do?

You should immediately stop using the recalled subwoofer, disconnect the affected unit and contact Paradigm Consumer Service for further instructions.

For more information, consumers may contact Paradigm Customer Service toll-free at 1-877-419-1994 or by email at moc.mgidarap|TC#moc.mgidarap|TC or visit the firm's website.

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 7,476 units of the affected subwoofers were sold at various retailers across Canada.

These affected subwoofers were sold from October 2004 to August 2010. The units were manufactured in China. the manufacturer is Paradigm Electronics, of Mississauga, Ontario.