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Ring Recalls Video Doorbells Due to Fire Hazard

Ring is recalling some of its Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation), model number 5UM5E5 smart doorbell cameras.  The video doorbell’s battery can overheat when the incorrect screws are used for installation, posing fire and burn hazards. The video doorbells have a blue ring at the front and come in two colors: “satin nickel” (black and silver) and “venetian bronze” (black and bronze).  They were sold with a mounting bracket and a USB charging cable.  The two-way audio doorbell can be hardwired or battery-powered and supports night vision.  The Ring logo is printed on the bottom front of the doorbell and the model and S/N are on a label on the back of the doorbell and the outer packaging.  Consumers can determine if their doorbell is included in this recall by entering the doorbell’s serial number at Only Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) models with certain serial numbers are included.


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