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NexTorch Recalls Flashlight Batteries
Due to Fire Hazard

Batteries can overheat and rupture, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 8/25/2011

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NexTorch NT123A flashlight battery, bearing the trademark ™ superscript

NexTorch NT123A flashlight battery, bearing the trademark ™ superscript

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. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: NexTorch™ NT123A flashlight batteries

Units: About 16,000

Importer: NexTorch, Inc., of Mukiteo, Wash.

Hazard: Batteries can overheat and rupture, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: There has been one report of NexTorch NT123A flashlight batteries rupturing and catching fire, causing burns to the consumer's body, clothes and vehicle.

Description: The recalled product is a NexTorch NT123A flashlight battery, bearing the trademark ™ superscript, rather than registered trademark ® superscript. Its body is silver metallic-colored and has the NexTorch logo and the voltage (3 V) on it. The battery is often packaged with NexTorch flashlights.

Sold at: Firearm dealers and law enforcement supply stores, and on the Web, including amazon.com and the firm's website nextorch.com, from July 2007 to July 2011 for about $2 per battery.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop use of the battery and contact NexTorch for instructions on how to receive a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please call the firm toll-free at (877) 867-2415 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, visit the firm's web site at nextorch.com or e-mail the firm at usa@nextorch.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on saferproducts.gov.

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: saferproducts.gov, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to cpsc.gov/cpsclist.

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