BatteriesPlus Expands Recall of Battery Packs Used with Cordless Tools Due to Explosion Hazard
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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Rayovac NI-CD and Rayovac NI-MH Cordless Tool Battery Packs
Units: About 65,300 (about 111,800 were recalled in December 2011).
Importer: BatteriesPlus LLC, of Hartland, Wis.
Hazard: The replacement battery pack can explode unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: BatteriesPlus has received three additional reports since the previous recall of exploding batteries, including one report of an injury to a consumer's finger.
Description: This recall involves all RAYOVAC-branded replacement battery packs used with cordless power tools and have part numbers beginning with "CTL." "RAYOVAC," "NI-CD" or "RAYOVAC," "NI-MH" and a part number beginning with "CTL" are printed in white lettering on the product. The battery packs were sold in voltages ranging between 2.4 and 18 volts in various sizes and shapes. They were sold as replacement batteries to the following brand tools: Black and Decker, Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Lincoln, Milwaukee, Panasonic, Ryobi and Skil.
Sold exclusively at: BatteriesPlus retail stores nationwide and online at www.batteriesplus.com between June 2008 and July 2012 for between $60 and $70.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and remove the battery packs from cordless tools. Consumers can contact BatteriesPlus for instructions on how to return the product for a store credit.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact BatteriesPlus toll-free at (877) 856-3232 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.batteriesplus.com and click on Recall Notices/Bulletins at the bottom of the page.