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Thomson Inc. Announces Recall of Portable DVD Player Batteries
03-23-05
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall, in voluntary cooperation with Thomson, Inc. (RCA), of 47,000 Portable DVD player batteries. The battery can overheat and explode while recharging, posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers

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 battery after it overheated.

Only batteries used with the RCA portable DVD players with model number DRC600N are being recalled. The DRC600N model DVD player with the battery attached is about 7˝-inches wide, 5˝-inches deep, and 2-inches high. The cabinet housing is plastic, except for a metal "skin" on the top of the player. The metal "skin" is silver colored, and the rest of the DVD player is tan or dark gray. The logo "RCA LiFE," along with the words "DVD VIDEO" are printed on the top of the DVD Player. The battery attaches to the bottom of the DVD player.

The units were sold nationwide from September 2002 through July 2003.

Consumers should stop using and stop recharging the battery immediately and contact Thomson Inc. 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 unplugging the battery from the unit and plugging the AC Power Adapter into the 9-volt jack on the unit.

Consumer Contact: Contact Thomson Inc. at (800) 821-5875 anytime or visit the company's Web site at www.rca.com/recall Consumers also can contact the company by mail at Thomson Inc., Portable DVD Battery Recall, P.O. Box 1490, Durant, Okla. 74702-1490.


 

 

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