April 24, 2003
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Has Recalled cordless power tool battery packs
Secaucus, N.J. (SafetyAlerts) - Panasonic Consumer Electronics has recalled About 64,000 Panasonic cordless power tool battery packs. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Panasonic cordless power tool battery packs
Units: About 64,000
Manufacturer: Panasonic Consumer Electronics, of Secaucus, N.J.
Hazard: Battery packs can detach from the power tool unexpectedly and strike the operator or bystander, resulting in injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: Two reports of batteries detaching have been received. No injuries have been reported.
Description: Only battery packs manufactured between May 1, 2001 and Nov. 20, 2002, with model numbers EY9230, EY9136, EY9231, EY9200, EY9106 and EY9201 stamped on the top of the battery pack are included in this recall. The battery pack is black and yellow.
Sold at: Home improvement, hardware and mail order outlets nationwide. Battery packs were sold in the Panasonic Cordless Power Tool kit and separately as an accessory pack and replacement battery for the power tools. The battery packs cost between $150 and $400 (with kits) and between $50 and $100 (individually).
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Contact Panasonic Consumer Electronics to receive return instructions and a free replacement battery pack.
Consumer Contact: Panasonic Consumer Electronics, (800) 833-9626 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at Panasonic.com/cordlesstools
Media Contact: William Pritchard (201) 348-7182 or Kalia Farrell (201) 392-6159.