Name of product: Portable DVD player batteries.
Units: About 47,000 units.
Manufacturer/importer: Thomson Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind.
Hazard: The battery can overheat and explode while recharging, posing a burn and fire hazard.
Incidents/injuries: Thomson has received 11 reports of batteries overheating and five reports of batteries exploding. There are two reports of consumers suffering burned fingers from picking up a hot battery.
Description: Only batteries used with the RCA portable DVD players with model number DRC600N are being recalled.
Manufactured in: China.
Sold at: Electronic and department stores nationwide from September 2002 through July 2003 for between $340 and $490.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using and stop recharging the battery immediately and contact Thomson for a free replacement battery. The portable DVD player is not being recalled, and consumers can continue to use it without the battery until they receive a replacement battery. The player can be used with the AC Power Adapter by simply removing the battery from the unit and plugging the AC Power Adapter into the 9-volt jack on the unit.
Consumer contact: (800) 821-5875 anytime or visit www.rca.com/recall or by mail at Thomson Inc., Portable DVD Battery Recall, P.O. Box 1490, Durant, OK. 74702-1490. Please do not send products or batteries to this address.
Name of product: KitchenAid ProLine Toasters.
Units: About 40,000.
Importer: Whirlpool Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich.
Hazard: An interruption of power to the toaster can cause the heating elements to unexpectedly self-start and could ignite any flammable items left on top of the unit, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/injuries: Whirlpool has received three reports of incidents involving heating elements unexpectedly self-starting, including one case outside the U.S. in which items on top of a toaster caught on fire. There are no reports of personal injury or property damage.
Description: The recalled KitchenAid ProLine counter-top toasters are painted die-cast metal or stainless steel and come in 2-slice or 4-slice models.
Sold through: Various catalogs and specialty retailers nationwide from August 2003 through January 2005 for between $250 and $300.
Manufactured in: China.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the toaster and contact KitchenAid to arrange for a free replacement. Consumers should not return the toaster to the retailer where it was purchased.
Consumer contact: (800) 874-0608 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, or go to www.KitchenAid.com/repair.
Name of product: High Intensity Discharge (HID) light fixtures with acrylic reflectors.
Units: About 120,000.
Manufacturer: Lithonia Lighting of Conyers, Ga.
Hazard: The cord of the light fixture can drip plasticizer fluid onto the light fixture, which can degrade the acrylic reflector, causing it to crack and fall. Falling pieces of acrylic can injure a person below the fixture.
Incidents/injuries: Lithonia has received reports of about 336 fixtures in which acrylic reflectors cracked, including reports of about 24 acrylic reflectors or pieces falling from fixtures. No injuries have been reported.
Description: These are indoor HID light fixtures with acrylic reflectors and cords. They are generally used in locations such as retail spaces, light manufacturing areas, warehouse spaces and gymnasiums. Only certain models of specific wattage lights are included in the recall. Recalled fixtures have a date of manufacture from June 3, 1999, through May 31, 2002. Check the Lithonia Web site for a list of the specific model and wattage combinations.
Sold by: Lighting and electrical supply distributors nationwide from June 1999 through May 2002 for between $100 and $320.
Manufactured in: United States and Mexico.
Remedy: Building owners and managers with recalled fixtures should contact Lithonia Lighting to verify that the fixtures are included in the recall and to arrange for a replacement of the cord and, if necessary, the reflector.
Consumer Contact: (866) 799-6173 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or go to www.lithonia.com/HIDCordRecall.
From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: To find a list of recalled products, visit www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270.