Hot Wheels: Belkin Recalls TuneBase In-Car iPod Adapters

Belkin TuneBase (thumb)

Peripheral and accessory maker Belkin has issued a voluntary recall for its TuneBase Direct with Hands-Free, TuneBaseFM with Hands-Free, and TuneBaseFM with ClearScan in-car iPod docks sold since April 1, 2009. The company says a washer in the products’ cigarette lighter adapter can create a risk of fire in certain conditions during prolonged power-on periods—like, say, leaving the adapter plugged in overnight.

Belkin says it believes the issue is isolated to a limited number of units with the waster, but is recalling all Tunebase products purchased since April 1, 2009, out of consideration to its customers. The company has no reports of injury caused by the defect.

The recall applies to products labeled TuneBase FM with Hands-Free, TuneBase Direct with Hands-Free, and TuneBase™ FM with ClearScan, with the model numbers F8Z441, F8Z441ea, F8Z442, F8Z442ea, F8Z176, and F8Z176eaBLK. Model numbers are located on the back of the product.

Belkin TuneBase Recalled Units

Belkin is asking its customers to stop using the product immediately and contact Belkin via its Web site or at 888/262-1020 for a free replacement TuneBase.

Tunebase products purchased prior to April 1, 2009, are not affected by the recall.