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Samsonite Dual Wattage Travel Converter Kit

Starting date:
February 12, 2013
Posting date:
February 12, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety, Flammability Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Samsonite dual wattage travel converter kit

Product description

This recall involves the Samsonite Dual Wattage Travel Converter Kit, Model Number 44385-1041. The model number is located on the reverse side of the product packaging. The converter changes 220V AC electricity to 110V AC, making standard US and Canadian appliances usable abroad. The product, pictured below, has a prominent red switch on the front which allows the user to choose 50 watts or 1600 watts. It also has lettering, in all caps, stating “DO NOT USE 50W ON HAIR DRYER”.

No other Samsonite converter models are being recalled.

Hazard identified

The converter may overheat, posing a fire or burn hazard, if a load in excess of 50 watts is applied to the converter while in the 50-watt setting.

Samsonite and Health Canada have received three reports of converters overheating in Canada. There have been no reports of any injuries or significant property damage.

Number sold

Approximately 3,000 units were sold across Canada in retail stores.

Time period sold

The affected converters were sold from January 2011 through December 2012.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China


Minwa China (Pinghu) Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsonite Canada Inc.

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled travel converters and contact Samsonite to return the product for a full refund.

For additional information, consumers may contact Samsonite toll-free at 1-800-382-7259, between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday; visit the firm's website; or email.