|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2011
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 856-3232
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
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BatteriesPlus Recalls Replacement Battery Packs Used with Cordless Tools Due to Explosion Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Rayovac NI-CD Cordless Tool Battery Packs
Units: About 111,800
Importer: BatteriesPlus LLC, of Hartland, Wis.
Hazard: The replacement battery pack can explode unexpectedly, posing a risk of serious injury to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: BatteriesPlus has received five reports of exploding batteries. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves RAYOVAC-branded replacement battery packs used with cordless power tools. “RAYOVAC,” “NI-CD” and a part number beginning with “CTL” are printed in white lettering on the product. The battery packs were sold in voltages ranging between 2.4 and 18 volts in various sizes and shapes. They were sold as replacement batteries to the following brand tools: Black and Decker, Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Panasonic, Ryobi and Skil.
Sold exclusively at: BatteriesPlus retail stores nationwide and online at www.batteriesplus.com between June 2008 and October 2011 for about $60.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and remove the battery packs from cordless tools. Consumers can contact BatteriesPlus for instructions on how to return the product for a store credit.
Customer contact: For more information, contact BatteriesPlus toll-free at (877) 856-3232 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.batteriesplus.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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