Netgear Recalls Wall Plug Ethernet Bridges

Name of product:  Wall Plug Ethernet Bridge

    Units: About 53,500 units

    Manufacturer:  NETGEAR Inc., of Santa Clara, Calif.

    Hazard:  The plastic housing on these units can detach, posing a shock hazard.

    Incidents/Injuries:  NETGEAR has received one report from a consumer of a detached casing.  No injuries were reported.

    Description:  The Wall Plug Ethernet Bridge is used to extend internet availability throughout a home or business.  It is 2.75 inches high, 3.5 inches wide, and 2 inches thick, with a grayish silver plastic housing. “NETGEAR” is written on the top of the housing.  The plastic housing contains a label with the model number and the serial number on it.  The model number is XE102 and the serial numbers are XE12A32LB000001 through XE12A32LB005000 and XE12134LB005021 through XE12143LB053586.

    Sold at:  Various electronics stores, Web sites, and through the NETGEAR Web site from February 2003 through May 2004 for between $50 and $80.

    Manufactured in:  China

    Remedy:  Consumers should stop using the product immediately.  Remove electrical power source to the receptacle and unplug the unit.  Contact the company for a free repair kit.  The free repair kit when affixed will ensure that the plastic housing will not become loose or separated.

    Consumer Contact:  Call NETGEAR Inc., toll-free at (800) 303-5507 anytime for a free repair kit.  Consumers also can register at the company’s Web site to order a free repair kit.