FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2009
Release # 09-249
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 905-6137
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
SmartSpark Energy Systems Recalls Battery Equalizers Due to Fire HazardWASHINGTON, 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.
Name of Product: BattEQ Battery Equalizers
Units: About 800
Manufacturer: SmartSpark Energy Systems Inc., of Champaign, Ill.
Hazard: The recalled equalizers can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of an equalizer that overheated which resulted in fire that caused damage to the equalizer and batteries. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled battery equalizers are charge balancing devices designed to increase the performance and longevity of rechargeable batteries.
Sold at: Authorized distributors and retailers from July 2006 through March 2009 for about $300.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled battery equalizers and contact SmartSpark for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact SmartSpark at (800) 905-6137 anytime Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.batteq.com