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CPSC Recalls 52-, 61- Inch JVC Rear-Projection TVs

Washington — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with JVC Americas, today announced a voluntary recall of certain rear-projection D.I.L.A. TVs.

The recall was made because an internal electrical connection can cause electrical arcing, charring or smoking inside the television, which pose a fire risk to consumers, according to the CPSC.

The recalled 52-inch and 61-inch JVC rear-projection televisions were manufactured between May 2004 and November 2004 in Mexico and have the following model and serial numbers:

HD-52Z575: 10980014 through 16980772
HD-52Z575: 16986471 through 16989999
HD-52Z585: 10980031 through 16981502
HD-61Z575: 10980031 through 16982712
HD-61Z585: 10980031 through 16980942

CPSC said the recall effects 26,500 units and added the model and serial numbers can be found on the back of the television in the lower center portion of the unit and were sold nationwide from July 2004 through January 2005.

Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately, CPSC said, although a JVC spokesman said all that consumers only need to contact the company. The company will schedule a free in-home service for those consumers with recalled televisions. JVC is contacting registered consumers directly via regular mail and e-mail to arrange a free at-home service.

The JVC spokesman said the problem has been corrected and “the problem can arise only when a rare combinations of circumstances occur – which is why there were only two incidents.”

Consumers can also contact JVC at (800) 252-5722 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. EST any day or log on to the company’s Web site at

JVC has received two reports of incidents, including one case of melted television parts and one case of a minor television fire. No injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC statement.