News 13 brings you up to date on concerns over items that you could be using everyday. They all involve various types of batteries. Hopefully, this information will help keep families safe. Details in this week’s Problem Solver.
Here are some of the latest recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Brunton Outdoors recalls battery packs. The power packs’ lithium-ion polymer batteries can overheat and catch on fire during charging. This recall involves Brunton’s Impel and Impel 2 rechargeable, portable battery packs that are used to charge cell phones, tablets, laptops and other devices.
The firm has received two reports of battery packs overheating and catching on fire; with one incident resulting in about $25,000 of property damage and another one in a garage burning down with property and smoke damage to the adjacent residence. No injuries have been reported.
Brunton Outdoor at 800-443-4871 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. et Monday through Friday or online at
www.brunton.com and click on Impel charger product recall the top or bottom of the page for more information.
Panasonic recalls lithium-ion laptop battery packs. Conductive foreign material was mixed into the battery cells during manufacturing, posing a risk of fire. This recall involves Panasonic six-cell lithium-ion (li-ion) battery packs sold in Panasonic CF-S10 series laptop computers. “Panasonic” and “CF-S10” are on the surface of the laptop on the left side below the keyboard.
Panasonic toll-free at 855-772-8324 anytime or visit www.panasonic.com and click on product recall for more information.
Panasonic also involved in another battery recall. These are in certain Toshiba laptop computers. This recall involves Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in 39 models of Toshiba Portege, Satellite, and Tecra laptops. The battery packs were also sold separately and also installed by Toshiba as part of a repair. The firm has received four reports of the battery packs overheating and melting. No injuries have been reported.
Battery packs included in this recall have part numbers that begin with G71C (g71c*******). Part numbers are printed on the battery pack. A complete list of battery pack part numbers included in this recall can be found on the firm’s website at http://go.toshiba.com/battery. Look for incidents/injuries.
Toshiba America information systems inc. toll-free at 866-224-1346 any day between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. pt, online at www.us.toshiba.com.