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Dangerous products: Battery packs recalled

Items that people use every day are sparking concern throughout the United States, including in West Virginia. Each item involves different types of batteries. The recalls of these dangerous products has come from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Brunton Outdoors' Impel as well as Impel 2 battery packs are being recalled since the batteries in these packs have the potential to overheat and catch fire while charging. The batteries are lithium-ion polymer. The portable and rechargeable packs are used for charging devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones. So far, there have been two reports about the batteries catching fire, with one of these incidents leading to property damage totaling $25,000.

Panasonic's packs for lithium-ion laptop batteries have also been recalled. According to officials, foreign material that is conductive was used in the battery cells during the manufacturing process, which poses a fire risk. The problem battery packs were sold in the company's CF-S10 laptop computer series. Battery packs that were installed in certain Toshiba laptop computers have also been recalled. The company has gotten four reports about these products overheating and even melting, although there have been no reports of injuries.

Consumers have the right to expect the products they purchase to be safe for ordinary use. Sometimes, however, product defects lead to serious injuries or even deaths. Those in West Virginia who suffer harm as a result of using dangerous products, including the surviving families of fatal victims, have the right to seek full financial accountability from product manufacturers and/or others in the consumer supply chain by filing and litigating product liability claims.

Source: mypanhandle.com, "Problem Solver: CPSC Product Safety Recalls - Story", Jerry Brown, April 21, 2016

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