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CPSC Warns Of Potentially Fatal Shock Hazard From 12-Volt Battery Charger

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Recall Date:
February 01, 1974

Recall Details



February 1, 1994


Release # 74-003

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. l)--The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today warned consumers who may have purchased -- after December, 1973, a "Kelsey-Stuart, Inc." 12-volt battery charger carrying model number A-610 to immediately discontinue use of the device. The Commission said they contain a possible defect which could result in a fatal electric shock.

The product, manufactured by Dimatic Company, Chicago, Illinois, was distributed nationwide. The company began a recall in January and reports that all but 58 of the potentially hazardous chargers have been returned.

Due to an assembly defect, some of the models may have an internal short which results in the positive (red) battery lead carrying 110 volts. Persons owning one of the chargers should contact the Dimatic Company, 1659 Elston Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, to arrange for repair or replacement at no cost to consumers.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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