|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2003
Release # 03-113
|Company Phone Number: (800) 833-9626|
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
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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