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Zenith Recalling Projection TVs

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Zenith Electronics is voluntarily issuing a recall to repair 80,000 large-screen, analog projection TVs manufactured between 1995 and 1998. This recall is an expansion of a 1998 recall program involving 111,000 projection TV sets.

A tear in the gasket can cause coolant fluid to leak from the picture tube assembly. Since 1998, Zenith has received 45 reports of incidents involving coolant leakage, causing smoking or charring with the TVs, including four cases where minor property damage occurred outside of the unit.

The projection TVs recalled in this expansion and the earlier program have 46-60 inch screens and were manufactured from April 1995 through July 1997 and August 1998 through November 1998 in Mexico. Projection TVs made after 1998 are not included in the recall.

Major appliance and department stores nationwide sold these TVs from April 1995 through April 1999 for between $1,200 and $2,800. Consumers who have one of these TV's should contact Zenith at (800) 777-5195 to arrange for a free inspection and repair. They can also visit the company's dedicated Web Site at