Coby boom boxes pose fire hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled about 13,800 Coby USB/MP3/CD boom boxes because they may overheat and could catch fire.

Coby Electronics Corp., of Maspeth, N.Y., has received 18 reports of overheating, resulting in three cases of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The mostly white boxes with silver speakers may overheat when plugged in to an outlet if the "off" switch is not firmly in place.

The boxes were sold through discount, toy and office supply stores across the United States from August 2006 through December 2006 for between $20 US and $50 US.

The item is a portable CD/MP3 player with an AM/FM radio with “Coby" written on the front and “Digital” on the top.

The model number MP-CD475 also is written on the top.

The recalled units have serial numbers, located on the rear of the unit beneath the AC power cord plug-in outlet, in the following range limits: 0736000001 through 0736005000, 0816000001 through 0816005300, and 0826000001 through 0826003500.

For more information, call Coby at (800) 524-9219.

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