by Matt Rosenberg August 3rd, 2011
SUMMARY: Mukilteo-based high-grade flashlight maker NexTorch and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of about 16,000 Chinese-made NexTorch NT123A lithium batteries for flashlights, which can rupture and catch fire, posing a threat of burns to consumers’ bodies, clothing and property. Consumers are urged to stop using the batteries immediately and contact the company for a refund.
BACKGROUND: NexTorch is a company based just north of Seattle in Mukilteo, Wash., which manufactures high-performance flashlights, for use by law enforcement personnel and others. The company proudly highlights the 1.2 million flashlights it has manufactured for the Chinese Ministry of Public Security. NexTorch also sells flashlight accessories, including batteries, some of them manufactured in China.
KEY LINK: “NexTorch Recalls Flashlight Batteries Due To Fire Hazard,” Consumer Product Safety Commission, August 3, 2011
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Mukilteo, Wash.-based NexTorch, a flashlight manufacturer and battery importer, today announced the recall of about 16,000 NexTorch NT123A Chinese-made batteries used in flashlights.
- The recalled batteries pose a fire and burn hazard because they can become overheated and rupture. There’s been one report of the NexTorch NT123A battery rupturing and catching fire. The incident caused burns to an individual’s body, clothes and vehicle.
- The lithium batteries cost about $2. They are sold at firearms dealers, law enforcement supply stores and online, including at amazon.com and NexTorch’s web site.
- Consumers should stop using the batteries immediately and for a free replacement, contact NexTorch toll-free at 877-867-2415 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Consumers can also e-mail the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As of 2:23 p.m. the day of the recall, NexTorch’s web site still displayed the recalled batteries as available for purchase. (Screen capture, 2:23 p.m.).
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