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Hobby-Lobby Int'l Recalls Battery Chargers

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release FlashlightNews.org - 4/15/2008

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Lithium-polymer (LiPo) chargers used with helicopters recalled due to fire hazard


Lithium-polymer battery chargers and lithium-polymer batteries from Hobby-Lobby International Inc.

Lithium-polymer battery chargers and lithium-polymer batteries from Hobby-Lobby International Inc.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Name of Product: Lithium-polymer battery chargers and lithium-polymer batteries

Units: About 3,200

Distributor/Retailer Hobby-Lobby International Inc., of Brentwood, Tenn.

Manufacturer: Art-Tech R/C Hobby Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, China

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Hazard: The lithium-polymer batteries can ignite while charging, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of incidents, including a consumer who received serious burns to his hand when a battery ignited.

Description: The recall involves a lithium-polymer battery charger and batteries sold with the AT600 Falcon Helicopter kit. The recall also includes any spare battery (Model AT600B) or spare charger (Model ATS6046) purchased for this kit.

Sold at: Hobby-Lobby.com from April 2006 through July 2007 for about $300 per kit. Spare chargers sold for about $15 and spare batteries sold for about $45.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled chargers and batteries immediately. Consumers can receive new batteries and a “smart” charger that will shut down when the charging process is completed by contacting sales@hobby-lobby.com. Hobby-Lobby International has directly contacted consumers who purchased the products from them. Consumers should not return the batteries and chargers to the firm, but follow instructions for disposal and registration on their Web site.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Hobby-Lobby at (866) 933-5972 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, or visit the firm’s web site at www.hobby-lobby.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.