Recalls

Battery replacement packs for cordless tools may explode

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Batteries Plus LLC, has announced a voluntary recall of Rayovac NI-CD Cordless Tool Battery Packs. This replacement battery pack used with cordless power tools can explode unexpectedly, posing a risk of serious injury to consumers.

The recall involves about 111,800 units. “RAYOVAC,” “NI-CD” and a part number beginning with “CTL” are printed in white lettering on the product. The batter packs were sold in voltages ranging between 2.4 and 18 volts in various sizes and shapes. They were sold as replacement batteries to the following brand tools: Black and Decker, Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Panasonic, Ryobi and Skil.

These batteries were sold exclusively at BatteriesPlus retail stores nationwide and online between June 2008 and October 2011 for about $60. BatteriesPlus has received five reports of exploding batteries, but no injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using and remove the battery packs from cordless tools. Consumers can contact BatteriesPlus for instructions on how to return the product for a store credit. For more information, contact BatteriesPlus toll-free at (877) 856-3232 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.batteriesplus.com. A full list of model numbers included in this recall is available on the company website.