CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND BELKIN CORPORATION ANNOUNCE RECALL OF BATTERIES SOLD WITH BLUETOOTHô GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR EXPLOSION OR FIRE HAZARD

The CPSC, in cooperation with Belkin Corporation of Comptom, California, announced the product safety recall of approximately 10,300 Li-Polymer battery packs sold with Bluetooth™ Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation System manufactured in China. Customers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The battery can overheat, expand, and possibly rupture, creating an explosion or fire hazard. Belkin reports 15 incidents of batteries overheating and expanding. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
The recall involves Li-Polymer battery packs sold with Belkin Bluetooth™ GPS Navigation System models F8T051 and F8T051-DL. The GPS model number can be found on a label on the bottom of the unit. “Part No.: 300-203712001” and Model No.: AE-8210” are written on the side of the battery.

The Belkin Web site, other Web retailers and computer and electronics stores sold the GPS device with recalled batteries nationwide from November 2003 through February 2005 for about $400.

Consumers are advised to stop using the GPS product immediately and contact Belkin for information on receiving a free replacement battery.

For more information, call Belkin toll-free at (800) 223-5546 ext. 2064 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.belkin.com

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