|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2000
Release # 01-010
|DeWalt Recall Hotline: (888) 388-3273
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, DeWALT® Industrial Tool Co. Announce Recall of Battery Chargers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), DeWALT® Industrial Tool Co., of Baltimore, Md., is voluntarily recalling about 825,000 battery chargers (model DW9116) for repair. These chargers are for 9.6- to 18-volt batteries used with DeWALT cordless tools. Metal clips inside the chargers could come loose and stick through the chargers' vents, possibly resulting in consumers receiving an electrical shock.
DeWALT has not received any reports of injuries with these chargers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The battery chargers are model number DW9116, which is written on the front and bottom of the charger housing. The chargers are black with yellow lettering. "DeWALT" is written on the front of the chargers. The recalled chargers have date codes from 9927EM through 9952EM and 0001EM through 0031EM located on the bottom of the charger. Chargers with a yellow or green dot sticker near the date code already have been repaired, and are not recalled.
Home center and hardware stores sold these battery chargers nationwide from September 1999 through August 2000 for between $49 and $69. During the same period, chargers also were sold with some DeWALT cordless tools.
Consumers should stop using these battery chargers immediately, and take them to a DeWALT or Black & Decker service center for a free repair. To locate the nearest service center, or for more information, call DeWALT toll-free at (888) 388-3273 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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