WASHINGTON (AP) - Samsung is voluntarily recalling thousands of "Jitterbug" cell phones that could fail to connect to 911.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says about 160,000 phones made by Samsung might refuse to make an emergency call when in a no-service area.

The Federal Communications Commission requires that a wireless phone be able to reach a 911 call center even when out of range. The device should be able to piggyback off another network in the area.

Samsung is contacting consumers to schedule a free software upgrade. If you haven't heard from the cell phone maker, you can give it a call at 866-304-4980.

Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov

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