A federal watchdog agency said Spot LLC of Covington, La., is recalling 15,400 Spot Satellite Communicators that can fail to work at critical times. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the internal voltage indicator in the devices can stop working, making it impossible to transmit messages or track information in emergency situations. The company has received reports of two Spot Satellite Communicators not working in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the Commission said.
The satellite communicators were imported from China and sold at sporting outlets from July 2010 through March 2011 for $549. The communicators are used to send signals to satellites to relay the location of the user in emergencies. The device is palm-sized and sold with the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS. The GPS is not involved in the recall, however. Consumers were advised to stop using the recalled product and contact Spot LLC for a free replacement. Consumers can call 866-727-7733 for information.
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