Rayovac Battery Pack Recall Issued After Explosions
About 111,800 Rayovac cordless tool battery packs have been recalled after a number of reports where the batteries exploded.
The Rayovac NI-CD battery pack recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on December 21, after BatteryPlus, LLC, the importer, received at least five reports that the packs exploding.
Although no injuries have been reported as a result of the Rayovac battery pack explosions, the CPSC has determined that the exploding batteries pose a risk of serious injury to consumers.
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The battery recall affects about 111,800 Rayovac NI-CD Cordless Tool Battery Packs for use with cordless power tools. Affected battery packs will have “RAYOVAC,” “NI-CD,” and “CTL” followed by a part number printed on the pack in white lettering. The packs were sold as replacement batteries for tools by Black and Decker, Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Panasonic, Ryobi and Skil, and had voltages from 2.4 to 18 volts in a variety of sizes and shapes.
The recalled battery packs were sold at BatteriesPlus retails stores nationwide, and online at www.batteriesplus.com, from June 2008 through October 2011 for about $60. They were manufactured in China.
The CPSC recommends that anyone using the affected battery packs stop using them immediately and remove them from cordless tools. For instructions on how to return the battery packs for store credit, consumers can call Batteries Plus at (877) 856-3232 or visit the company’s website at www.batteriesplus.com.
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