Safety Alert Number 0702017

Battery Packs for Toy Vehicles Recalled by JAKKS Pacific Due to Fire Hazard

Release #07-101
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 875-2557
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

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.

Name of product: Battery Packs for Toy Vehicles
Units: About 245,000
Manufacturer: JAKKS Pacific Inc. , of Malibu, Calif. Manufactured in: China

Hazard: The lithium-ion polymer batteries used to charge the toy vehicles can ignite while charging, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: JAKKS Pacific has received 33 reports of the batteries melting or catching fire while charging, including three reports of minor burns to fingers and 23 reports of property damage to flooring, seats or walls.

Description: This recall involves battery packs used with FLY WHEELS XPV toy vehicles. The battery packs were sold with a charger (item number 73904) and with the radio-controlled XPV toy (item number 73906). Item numbers are printed on the product's packaging above the barcode label. The batteries are marked "Fly Wheelz," "XPV," and "JAKKS Pacific," "Lithium-ion Polymer battery (LiPo)" followed by a list of warnings and precautions. The XPV Xtreme Performance Vehicle is not the subject of this exchange program.

Sold at: Toy stores, discount department stores and Internet retailers nationwide from August 2006 through January 2007 for about $30. Battery packs and toy vehicles packaged together sold for between $80 and $90.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the battery packs immediately and contact JAKKS Pacific for information on receiving a free replacement battery pack.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact JAKKS Pacific toll-free at (877) 875-2557 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or email the firm at:

battery@jakks.net

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07101.html