Fire Hazard Prompts Recall of Rechargeable Phone Batteries

Lenmar Enterprises recalled about 1,400 <"">Rechargeable Batteries Sold for Cordless Phones due to fire and burn hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The rechargeable batteries, which were imported by Lenmar Enterprises, of Camarillo, California and manufactured by the Great Power Battery Co., of China, can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. To date, the firm has received six reports of batteries overheating, resulting in deformation of phones. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves the rechargeable batteries with the model number CB0217 2.4 volt 1500 mAh NiMH. Only batteries with date code 0809 are affected by this recall. The date code can be found on the back of the battery. The batteries were sold as replacement batteries for the following phones:

AT&T: 2401, 2462, 5840, E2562
Motorola: BY03L, MD60, MD671, MD680, and MD681
Qwest: QW-2422 and QW-2652
V-Tech: 2420 and 2422

The recalled Rechargeable Batteries Sold for Cordless Phones were sold to electrical product distributors and retailers nationwide and at from July 2009 through August 2009 for about $18.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled batteries and contact Lenmar to receive a free replacement. Lenmar can be reached toll-free at 1-800-424-2703 between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday or at the company’s Web site at

Of note, we have been following the issue of defective and, sometimes, dangerous imports making their way into this country from China. Products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin were found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long put American consumers at significant health risks. A large and ongoing situation involves the defective Chinese drywall that has been making news for its impact to tens of thousands of homes nationwide. Lawsuits in that debacle began this month.

In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the U.S. involved imports from China. Most recently, cadmium in children’s toys has been linked to China and has been involved in large product recalls.

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