Batterie/safety 040129

Batteries Safety

(Febuary2004) Browning brand CR123A Lithium (3-Volt)  Batteries have safety recall.  The batteries were sold in two-packs and packed with the Black ICE 6V Xenon 6 LED Flashlights.  Batteries are labeled “Mad in China.” Batteries can short out, resulting in a rupture of the flashlight canister and injury to the user. The flashlights with these batteries were sold at hunting and sporting-goods stores throughout the U.S. in December 2003 for about $50.00.  In the  recall of  these 12,5000 batteries,  consumers are asked to stop using these flashlights and remove the batteries.    For replacement batteries, contact Browning at 1-800-637-0230.  

SCI Promotion Group LLC and Script-Tokai, both distributors in California, have a recall of 448,000 mini-flashlights where the battery compartment can overheat.  The mini-flashlights were provided to consumers as a free gift with the purchase of Aim n’ Flame II multi-purpose lighters, which were sold at home improvement, discount, convenient, grocery and drug stores nationwide in the U.S. from September 2003 through November 2003 for between $4 and $5.  The units, manufactured in China, should have the batteries removed before discarding the flashlights.   The consumer contact number at SCI Promotions Group, LLC is 887-746-7426.
(January 2003) Lithium-ion Battery Recall in Kyocera Wireless Corp.’s Smartphone Cell Phones

In voluntary cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, Kyocera Wireless Corp is recalling 140,000 Model 7135 Smartphones.  The recalled batteries can short-circuit and erupt with force or emit excessive heat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.    To date, Kyocera has received four reports of battery failures, including one minor burn injury.

The batteries were manufactured for Kyocera of San Diego by Cosolight International Group of Hong Kong.  

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The phones were sold at Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular and ALL TEL Corporation stores, in addition to Web site and telemarketing retailers nationwide.  The cell phones with the -05 code printed on the underside of the battery were sold between September 2003 and December 2003 for about $500.00.  Batteries were also sold separately during this time for approximately $21.00.

For recall information, contact Kyocera Wireless at (800) 349-4478.
 (December 2003) SCI Promotion Group recalls 448,000 mini-flashlights because the battery compartment can overheat, presenting a possible burn hazard to consumers.

 SCI, a distributor, received the flashlights with batteries from a manufacturer in China.  The mini-flashlights were provided to consumers as a free gift with the purchase of Aim n’ Flame II multi-purpose lighters.   Home improvement, discount, convenience grocery and drug stores nationwide sold the multipurpose lights with the flashlights from September 2003 through November 2003 for between $4.00 and $6.00.  Consumers should remove the batteries and discard the mini-flashlights.  A consumer contact number at SCI  is 677-746-7426.   
(Oct 2003) Nokia encounters more problems with fake batteries.
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CPSC, Galls Announce Recall of Batteries Sold with Galls® H.A.L.O. Tactical Flashlights
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Fuji Power and A&T Fuji Power CR123A 3-Volt lithium batteries originally provided with Galls® H.A.L.O. Tactical Flashlight.

Units: Approximately 10,084

Distributor: Galls Inc., of Lexington, Kentucky

Hazard: The batteries originally provided with the flashlight may overheat or explode presenting a potential for fire or personal injury.

Incidents/Injuries: Five reports of batteries overheating or exploding have been received, causing minor injuries such as burns and minor property damage from fire.

Description: The batteries were provided in pairs. Each is a 3-Volt lithium battery with a white label. The name “Fuji Power” or “A&T Fuji Power CR123A” is on the label.

Sold at: Galls catalog, Galls website and retail stores in Lexington, KY; Long Beach, CA; Riverside, CA; San Diego, CA; Orange County, CA; and Signal Hill, CA, from June 2001 through May 2003. The flashlight sold individually for about $49 and when bundled with other items for up to $99.

Manufactured in: Taiwan.

Remedy: Call Galls toll-free at 1-800-477-7766 to receive free replacement batteries for each pair of batteries originally received with your Galls® H.A.L.O. Tactical Flashlight purchased prior to June 2003. If you have already replaced the batteries (Galls recommends that Duracell Ultra 123 3-Volt lithium replacement batteries be used), Galls will provide an equivalent credit ($10.99 for each pair of Fuji Power or A&T Fuji Power lithium batteries) that can be redeemed towards the purchase of any other merchandise ordered from Galls
(September,03) IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)  completes new draft of standard for mobile computer batteries.
(August,03) Battery Safety - An Issue Beyond Creating Safe Cells and PacksNews from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has batteries periodically appear several times a year when they are involved in a recall for a variety of reasons.
(10-02) Club Car Inc., a manufacturer of Pathways (General Motor’s neighborhood electrical vehicles), has safety recall . Some Pathways contain 12-Volt relays rather than the 48-Volt units that are specified. As a result, brake lights fail after the relays burn out, as stated on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) website. Late in July , A Chrysler GEM EV was blamed for a house fire in Florida. Veronica Webb, a well known supermodel, was charging her electric vehicle when the resulting fire sent flames through her air conditioning system, according to a report in the New York Post on July 30th..
(10-02) Kodak recalls 75,000 digital cameras. Users of Kodak’s DC Zoom Digital Camera can get a shock when charging batteries. Kodak spokesman, James Blamphin said, “It (the problem) is unique to this camera only, because of the way it is constructed. It has a rugged exterior with far more metal. It was built deliberately to take the abuse of being carried around in a tool box.”

1 “Interview -Auto boom a boon for Thai battery market” by Warapan Phungsuk, Reuters (Bangkok), 08/19/02
2 “High Tech Materials -China Corner,” Rare Earth Newsletter, 09/01/02 (Japan Metal Bulletin, 07/31/02)
(09-02) Mitsubishi Motors Corp recalls 676,741 Minica and Minica Toppo minivehicles to deal with a battery box problem. The vehicles, sold between 1993 and 1998 in Japan, have a battery box where rainwater can get in and cause fluid from the battery to splash onto the brake pipe and damage it.

(August 2002) Battery Safety/Quality/Testing and Materials
(March 2002) Physician Heal Thyself

(06-02) Consumer Reports, which has helped everyone by testing products, shot themselves in the foot when they gave 15,000 new subscribers a gift for signing up. This gift was a glove compartment organizer containing a battery powered flashlight that could overheat and start a fire and also included a defective tire gauge.
Although the Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, spends $20 million a year testing all kinds of products, they did not test their gift before sending it out. Both the flashlight and gauge were made in China.
The Consumers Union has learned a valuable lesson. “We need to test any product that we offer as a premium in our own labs with the same rigor with which we rate the products you see in Consumer Reports,” stated Chief Executive Jim Guest. The Consumers Union has been very open about their mistake and is even running an article in their magazine entitled “Caveat Emptor Hits Home.”

Consumer Reports learned about the problems when they received eight complaints from subscribers. Two people said they had minor burns from the flashlight; others reported its case had melted and two complained about the tire gauge accuracy.

The magazine has now tested the flashlight and gauge in their labs and found both to be defective. The Consumers Union has notified the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, has sent letters to all subscribers and also urged the importer to do a recall on the devices. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has warned those who have the flashlights to remove the battery and throw it (and the tire gouge) away. (Ed. Note: Hopefully, these batteries will not tossed in the garbage, but put in recycling bins.)
DaimlerChrysler AG recalls approximately 65,000 1988-89 Mercedes C-Class cars. Five complaints were received of exploding batteries, resulting in one injury from flying acid and debris.
Aug 2001, p.42
(March 2002) One task too many

In a study carried out at Carnagie Mellon University, volunteers, dividing their time between two high level tasks, had reduced reaction times and created greater errors. The conclusion is that drivers talking on cell phones create greater road hazards than those not talking on cell phones. The author suggests that insurance companies give discounts to drivers not using cell phones or other distracting services.