Spot LLC recalled about 15,400 of its Spot Satellite Communicators sold at Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, REI, L.L. Bean and other stores nationwide because they could stop working when temperatures dip below 40 degrees F, said the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.
The satellite communicator tracks a consumer's location and sends the global positioning system (GPS) coordinates and a distress message in case of an emergency. But CPSC said the internal voltage regulator can stop working and the units wouldn't be able to transmit the information in an emergency.
Spot said a part -- which did not meet operating specifications -- was substituted in some of the units during the manufacturing process in China.
CPSC said the Covington, La., company has gotten two reports of the communicators failing, although no one has been hurt in either of those cases.
Included in the recall is the black Spot Satellite Communicator that has the Spot logo and the word DeLorme on its front. The unit is 3 inches by 2.6 inches and comes bundled with the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS. The units have the electronic serial numbers (ESN) ranging from 0-2000000 to 0-2019999 on a label under the battery.
The communicators were sold at stores nationwide from July 2010 through March 2011 for $549.
Consumers should contact Spot at (866) 727-7733 weekdays between 8 a.m. and midnight EST for a replacement. Consumers who return the unit before June 1 will also get six months of the Spot service for free.
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