April 22, 1997
Release # 97-108
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
(773) 973-1600 Ext. 203
CPSC, Schumacher Announce Recall of Sears Battery
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation
with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Schumacher Electric Corp. of
Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 100,000 Sears DieHard battery chargers. The battery
charger has a wiring connection that could short and cause the transformer to overheat.
This poses a potential fire hazard.
CPSC is aware of one alleged incident of a fire involving this battery charger. No
The Sears Die Hard battery charger being recalled is model number 200.71310 manufactured
between January 1996 and February 1997. The model number is located on the front of the
charger and the date code (H961 through H972) is molded into the plastic base on the
bottom of the charger. Labeling on the front of the charger reads in part,
"Sears...Die Hard...Fully Automatic Battery Charger Engine Starter." Battery
chargers that have a white sticker on the back of the charger displaying number 1682 have
already been modified and are not involved in this recall.
Sears Automotive Centers, Sears Hardware stores, and Sears Dealer stores sold these
battery chargers from January 1996 through February 1997 for about $65.
Consumers should immediately stop using these battery chargers and return them to the
nearest Sears Auto Center, Sears Hardware store, or Sears Dealer store for a free
replacement. For more information about this recall, consumers should call 1-800-SEARS64.
No other Sears battery chargers are involved in this recall.
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