CPSC, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Announce Recall of Battery Packs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2003
Release # 03-113
Company Phone Number: (800) 833-9626
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

CPSC, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Announce Recall of Battery Packs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Panasonic cordless power tool battery packs

Units: About 64,000

Manufacturer: Panasonic Consumer Electronics, of Secaucus, N.J.

Hazard: Battery packs can detach from the power tool unexpectedly and strike the operator or bystander, resulting in injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: Two reports of batteries detaching have been received. No injuries have been reported.

Description: Only battery packs manufactured between May 1, 2001 and Nov. 20, 2002, with model numbers EY9230, EY9136, EY9231, EY9200, EY9106 and EY9201 stamped on the top of the battery pack are included in this recall. The battery pack is black and yellow.

Sold at: Home improvement, hardware and mail order outlets nationwide. Battery packs were sold in the Panasonic Cordless Power Tool kit and separately as an accessory pack and replacement battery for the power tools. The battery packs cost between $150 and $400 (with kits) and between $50 and $100 (individually).

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Contact Panasonic Consumer Electronics to receive return instructions and a free replacement battery pack.

Consumer Contact: Panasonic Consumer Electronics, (800) 833-9626 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at Panasonic.com/cordlesstools

Media Contact: William Pritchard (201) 348-7182 or Kalia Farrell (201) 392-6159

Picture of Recalled Battery Pack

Picture of Recalled Battery Pack

Picture of Recalled Battery Pack