Innovage Recalls Rechargeable Batteries for Burn Hazard

Innovage LLC, of Foothill Ranch, California, is implementing a massive recall of about 1.4 million <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">FIXIT One Million Candlepower Rechargeable Spotlights, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed and note that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The spotlight’s charging adapter can overcharge the battery, forcing it to rupture and leak battery acid. This poses a chemical burn hazard to consumers. To date, the firm has received 13 reports of incidents involving minor skin chemical burns and battery acid burn holes in upholstery, clothing and carpeting.

This recall involves the One Million Candlepower Spotlight, a rechargeable halogen light. The handheld spotlight is made of yellow plastic and has a black label that reads, “FIXIT Tools UP TO 1,000,000 CANDLE POWER” or “FIXIT Rechargeable Spotlight.” The spotlight is sold with an AC power charger and a 12-volt car utility adapter.

The FIXIT One Million Candlepower Rechargeable Spotlights, which were manufactured in China, were sold at Walgreens, Rite Aid, Bealls, Tuesday Morning, Ace Hardware, Boscov’s, and Winn-Dixie stores nationwide from October 2003 through October 2009 for about $10.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the spotlights and contact Innovage for a full refund of the regular retail price. For purchases made above the regular retail price, additional refunds will be offered with valid receipts. Consumers are asked to return the product, via a self-addressed stamped envelope or box that will be provided. Instructions for returning the product are posted at www.spotlightrecall.org and are also available from the Innovage call center.

Innovage can also be reached, toll-free, at (888) 408-1140 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, at the firm’s website at www.spotlightrecall.org, and by email at info@spotlightrecall.org.

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