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November 27, 1996

Release # 97-033
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Light & Motion Industries Announce Recall of Underwater Batteries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Light & Motion Industries (LMI) of Monterey, Calif., is implementing a voluntary safety program for about 2,800 Source-12 Battery Packs used by scuba divers to power under water lighting systems. If the battery pack floods during the dive, the battery could overheat later while above water and catch fire.

LMI has received two reports of Source-12 Battery Packs catching on fire several hours after use. No injuries have been reported. If consumers notice the battery has flooded during a dive, they should disassemble the battery's retaining ring and bulkhead to prevent a possible fire.

The battery packs, measuring 7 inches long by 4 inches wide, are black with a clear top. This corrective action involves Source-12 Battery Packs with the following model numbers:

850-0001 through 850-0011
850-0013 and 850-0014
860-0001 through 860-0006
860-0018 through 860-0031

Dive shops sold the Source-12 Battery Packs nationwide beginning in January 1990 for about $275. LMI also sold the packs directly to consumers.

Consumers should stop using the Source-12 Battery Packs immediately and call LMI for free repair or upgrade information. Consumers can also return the batteries to the dive shop where purchased and the batteries will be sent to LMI. Consumers can reach LMI collect at (408) 645-1525 or for more information.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to