Consumer electronics accessory maker Belkin has announced a global recall of its TuneBase Direct with Hands-Free, TuneBase FM with Hands-Free, and TuneBase FM with ClearScan products because the products pose a potential risk of fire.

The TuneBase products, which are made in China, are used in automobiles to connect MP3 players and iPods to car stereos for music playback or to connect to iPhones for hands-free phone reception.



In a written statement, the company says that a black plastic washer situated at the tip of the TuneBase's cigarette lighter adapter may cause a short under certain conditions of heat, humidity, and prolonged periods of power-on (e.g., when the TuneBase is left plugged in overnight). The short could cause smoke or pose a risk of fire.

To date, no reports of personal injury have been reported.

Units affected include model units: F8Z441, F8Z442, F8Z176, F8Z441ea, F8Z442ea and F8Z176eaBL bought between April 1, 2009 and the end of October.

Belkin is telling customers with affected device to stop using them immediately and to contact the company to obtain a replacement unit.

Full recall instructions for Canadians is available here