Pedego Recalls Electric Bicycle Batteries Due To Fire 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: Lithium ion rechargeable batteries
Hazard: The batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Consumer Contact: Pedego Electric Bikes toll-free at (888) 870-9754 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.pedegoelectricbikes.com and click on "Voluntary Battery Recall" for more information.
Units: About 5,000
Description: This recall involves 36-volt and 48-volt lithium ion rechargeable batteries sold separately and as original equipment with Pedego electric bikes. Recalled batteries of each voltage came in two styles. One style has a silver or black metal case that measures about 13 Â½ inches long, 6 Â½ inches wide and 2 Â½ inches high, with black plastic end caps and a handle. The other style has a black or white plastic case that measures about 14 inches long, 6 Â½ inches wide and 2 Â½ inches high with a red indicator lamp on one end. The batteries have serial numbers that start with "DLG." A label with the serial number is on one side of the metal batteries and on the underside of the plastic batteries.
Incidents/Injuries: Pedego has received six reports of batteries overheating and catching fire, including one report of property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the battery from the bike and contact Pedego for a free replacement battery.
Sold at: Bicycle stores and electric bike retailers and online at www.pedegoelectricbikes.com from January 2010 through September 2013. The batteries were sold separately for about $600 to $900 and on electric bicycles that sold for between $2,000 and $3,000.
Manufacturer: Pedego Inc., of Irvine, Calif.
Distributor: Pedego Inc., of Irvine, Calif.
Importer: Pedego Inc., of Irvine, Calif.
Manufactured in: China