Ryobi Battery Charger Recall Issued After Reports of Overheating
A recall has been issued for almost 630,000 Ryobi battery chargers, after at least 25 reports were received of the chargers overheating, posing burn hazards and property damage to customers.
The Ryobi battery charger recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on November 5, after hot batteries caused property damage to workbenches, countertops, carpeting, and other various surrounding areas of the chargers.
The recall includes Ryobi model P113 dual chemistry battery chargers designed for use with the NiCd and Li-Ion portable power tools. The affected units have date codes ranging between 0731 and 0852 displayed in year/week format located on the bottom of the charger. The products are green and grey and have “Ryobi” printed across the front in white lettering.
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The chargers were manufactured in China under Techtronic Industries Company Ltd. and imported by One World Technologies Inc, of Anderson, South Carolina where they were sold at Direct Tools Factory Outlet, The Home Depot, and other various retail stores nationwide and online at Homedepot.com from September 2007 to December 2009 both individually and as part of the powertool kit set for between $30 and $270.
An estimated 578,000 units were sold in the United States and 49,000 were distributed to Canada for sale.
The CPSC recommends that customers with affected chargers remove batteries from the chargers immediately, unplug the unit and contact One World Technologies at (800) 597-9624 or visit the company website online at www.ryobitools.com and navigate to the “Important Safety Information” link for instructions on how to receive a free replacement charger.
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