NexTorch Recalls Flashlight Batteries Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–August 3, 2011.  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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: NexTorch™ NT123A flashlight batteries

Units: About 16,000

Importer: NexTorch, Inc., of Mukiteo, Wash.

Hazard: Batteries can overheat and rupture, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: There has been one report of NexTorch NT123A flashlight batteries rupturing and catching fire, causing burns to the consumer’s body, clothes and vehicle.

Description: The recalled product is a NexTorch NT123A flashlight battery, bearing the trademark ™ superscript, rather than registered trademark ® superscript. Its body is silver metallic-colored and has the NexTorch logo and the voltage (3 V) on it. The battery is often packaged with NexTorch flashlights.

Sold at: Burlington Coat Factory, Kmart, Kohls.com, Target and Toys R Us from February 2009 through June 2011 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop use of the battery and contact NexTorch for instructions on how to receive a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please call the firm toll-free at (877) 867-2415 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, visit the firm’s web site at www.nextorch.com or e-mail the firm at [email protected]

Picture of Recalled Battery with Trademark Symbol
Recalled Battery with ™

Picture of New Battery with Registered Symbol
New Battery with ®

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov

Source: cpsc.gov