Product Liability

Wii Battery Recharge Stations recalled; pose burn or fire hazard risk

WII 100x100 Wii Battery Recharge Stations recalled; pose burn or fire hazard riskWii Battery Recharge Stations have been recalled by distributor Griffin International Cos., Inc. because the battery packs can overheat, posing a burn or fire hazard to the customer, according to an announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). Consumers with Psyclone Essentials or React Wii 4-Dock Battery Recharge Stations should stop using the recalled products immediately.

The voluntary recall follows six incidents reported to the firm of overheating. Two consumers reported minor burns to the hand.

Both charging stations were manufactured in China. The Wii 4-Dock Recharge Station includes a white docking station with four recharge stations and a four rechargeable battery pack. Brand names are on the front of the packaging and the model numbers, Psyclone (PSE6501) and React (RT530), can be found on the bottom side of the product.

The recall affects 220,000 battery packs. The Psyclone Essentials brand was sold at Target, Toys R Us and Amazon.com. React was sold at Best Buy stores nationwide. Both were sold from January 2008 through July 2009 for about $50.

Consumers should contact Griffin International to obtain information on how to return the product and receive a free replacement. Griffin International can be reached through its international toll free number at 888-344-4702 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday; by e-mail at Productsafety@psyclonegamer.com; or by visiting the company Web site at www.psyclonegamer.com/Wii4Dock.

Incident or injury reports either directly related to this product or recall or involve a different hazard with the same product may be submitted to the CPSC at www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.