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BatteriesPlus Expands Recall of Battery Packs

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The last week of August, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and BatteriesPlus LLC, of Hartland, Wis., recalled almost 65,300 (about 111,800 were recalled in December 2011) Rayovac NI-CD and Rayovac NI-MH Cordless Tool Battery Packs. The replacement battery pack can explode unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to consumers.

This recall involves all RAYOVAC-branded replacement battery packs used with cordless power tools and have part numbers beginning with "CTL." "RAYOVAC," "NI-CD" or "RAYOVAC," "NI-MH" and a part number beginning with "CTL" are printed in white lettering on the product. The battery packs were sold in voltages ranging between 2.4 and 18 volts in various sizes and shapes. They were sold as replacement batteries to the following brand tools: Black and Decker, Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Lincoln, Milwaukee, Panasonic, Ryobi and Skil.

The product was sold at BatteriesPlus retail stores nationwide and online at www.batteriesplus.com between June 2008 and July 2012 for between $60 and $70. The products were made in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the and remove the battery packs from cordless tools. Consumers can contact BatteriesPlus for instructions on how to return the product for a store credit. BatteriesPlus can be contacted toll-free at (877) 856-3232 or through their website at www.batteriesplus.com .

If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.