About 56,400 Ryobi rechargeable battery packs have been recalled due to reports that suggest they may overheat and possibly burst while on the charger, posing a risk of fires and a potential burn hazard for consumers.
A Lithium 18V 4Ah Battery Pack recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on February 26, after One World Technologies received at least four reports of the battery packs overheating and causing minor damage to property. To date, no injuries to consumers have been reported.
The recall consists of Ryobi Lithium 18 volt 4Ah battery packs with the model number P108 and part number 130429028, which can be located on the data plate beneath the pack. The packs were sold in green, black and silver with the lettering “Ryobi” and “Lithium+18V” written in white on both sides of the base.
Roughly 54,200 recalled Ryobi battery packs were sold in the United States and 2,200 in Canada.
The battery packs were manufactured in China by Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. and imported by One World Technologies, Inc., of Anderson South Carolina. The battery packs were sold at Home Depot stores and online at www.Homedepot.com and other retailers from September 2012 to December 2012 for about $99.
The same manufacturer was linked to a Homelite and Expert Gardener Electric Blower Vacuums recall that affected 385,000 units sold at Walmart and Home Depot. The blowers were recalled because objects sucked into their vacuum could shoot through the collection bag and potentially injure the user or bystanders.
The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the battery packs immediately and to remove the battery from the charger to prevent possible overheating. Consumers should contact One World Technologies at (800) 597-9624 or visit them online at www.ryobitools.com for instructions to return and repair the battery packs free of charge.