The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.
Name of Product: Lithium-polymer battery chargers and lithium-polymer batteries
Units: About 3,200
Distributor/Retailer Hobby-Lobby International Inc., of Brentwood, Tenn.
Manufacturer: Art-Tech R/C Hobby Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen, China
Hazard: The lithium-polymer batteries can ignite while charging, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of incidents, including a consumer who received serious burns to his hand when a battery ignited.
Description: The recall involves a lithium-polymer battery charger and batteries sold with the AT600 Falcon Helicopter kit. The recall also includes any spare battery (Model AT600B) or spare charger (Model ATS6046) purchased for this kit.
Sold at: Hobby-Lobby.com from April 2006 through July 2007 for about $300 per kit. Spare chargers sold for about $15 and spare batteries sold for about $45.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled chargers and batteries immediately. Consumers can receive new batteries and a "smart" charger that will shut down when the charging process is completed by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Hobby-Lobby International has directly contacted consumers who purchased the products from them. Consumers should not return the batteries and chargers to the firm, but follow instructions for disposal and registration on their Web site.