BatteriesPlus has issued a recall of about 111,800 Rayovac batteries that may explode unexpectedly, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced.
The Rayovac NI-CD Cordless Tool Battery Packs were manufactured in China; imported by BatteriesPlus LLC, of Hartland, Wisconsin; and sold exclusively at BatteriesPlus retail stores nationwide and online at www.batteriesplus.com, between June 2008 and October 2011, for about $60.
The replacement battery pack can explode unexpectedly, posing a risk of serious injury to consumers. To date, BatteriesPlus has received five reports of exploding batteries; no injuries have been reported.
This recall involves RAYOVAC-branded replacement battery packs used with cordless power tools. The words “RAYOVAC” and “NI-CD” and a part number beginning with “CTL” are printed in white lettering on the product.
The recalled Rayovac NI-CD Cordless Tool Battery Packs were sold in voltages ranging between 2.4 and 18 volts, in various sizes and shapes. The battery packs were sold as replacement batteries to the following brand tools: Black and Decker, Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Panasonic, Ryobi, and Skil.
The firm advises consumers to 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. BatteriesPlus can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.856.3232 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Central Time (CT), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.batteriesplus.com.