WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Reedy Quasar Pro Battery Chargers (charges batteries used to power remote control race cars)
Manufacturer: Associated Electrics Inc., of Costa Mesa, Calif.
Hazard: A defective fuse and program error in the charger can cause the battery packs being charged to overheat and explode, posing a risk of serious injury to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Associated Electrics has received three reports of incidents involving exploding battery cells. One consumer sustained a bruised hand, while another received an eye injury from flying debris.
Description: The recalled #611 Quasar Pro Chargers were manufactured from February 2002 through February 2004. The grey charger box has words â€śQuasar Proâ€ť printed in yellow on the front and shows a display of "QUASAR PRO VERSION 1.0" when first turned on. The recalled chargers either have no barcode label on the underside or a barcode label with the numbers "611" or "611A".
Sold at: Hobby dealers nationwide from February 2002 through February 2004 for about $200.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the charger immediately and contact Associated Electrics to receive a free repair.
Consumer Contact: Call Associated Electrics at (800) 518-7339 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firmâ€™s Website at www.teamassociated.com