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Recall to Replace Rechargeable Batteries Sold with PA System Microphones Due to Burn Hazard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 3/4/2009


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NIMH AA Rechargeable Batteries

NIMH AA Rechargeable Batteries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: NIMH AA Rechargeable Batteries

Units: About 41,000

Distributor: Frontrow, of Petaluma, Calif.

Manufacturer: Gold Peak Industries, of San Diego, Calif.

Hazard: The batteries can rapidly overheat, posing a burn hazard to the user.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of batteries overheating during use in wireless public announcement systems and microphones. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled 2400-mAH NIMH batteries are used in the 930TM, 930HT and 940TM public announcement system microphones. Only batteries with part number 374-30-400-00, printed on the light green sleeve of the battery, are included in the recall.

Sold by: Frontrow distributors nationwide from June 2005 through December 2008 for about $7 for the battery only and about $300 when sold with the transmitter.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries and contact their FrontRow agent to receive free replacement batteries. Alkaline batteries can be used while waiting for replacement batteries. All known purchasers have been contacted about the recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Frontrow at (800) 227-0735 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at gofrontrow.com/battery.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. 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 cpsc.gov/talk. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to cpsc.gov/cpsclist. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at cpsc.gov.

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