The mounting screws that connect the swivel bases to the affected TVs can come loose and cause the TV to tip over, according to a recall notice issued Friday by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
“Dangerous tip-over incidents often occur when curious kids climb on furniture in an attempt to access TVs, toys, remotes or other items,” CPSC said. “While the threat is serious, the solution is simple. Anchor TVs, furniture and appliances in the home.”
The recalled TVs can be identified by the word “Panasonic” in black lettering on the front. The model number — TH055LRU50 — is printed on a tag on the center of the back of the television.
The swivel stand is glossy black, measuring 50.5 inches long by 32 inches tall by 11.1 inches deep. It has a label on the front underside of the base and the number etched into the metal.
Affected flat-screens were sold from July 2012 through March 2014 for about $1,825, the agency said. The TVs were intended for use in hotels, government buildings and schools.
Consumers who purchased a recalled TV should immediately detach it, place it in a safe location away from children and contact Panasonic for a free repair kit.
To date, no injuries or other incidents have been reported in connection with the recall, CPSC said.
Source: The Arizona Republic