May 13, 2002Milwaukee Tool Has Recalled Automotive
- Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has recalled
about 18,000 Power
Plus automotive chargers that plug into automotive cigarette lighters. The
automotive chargers are often used on job sites to charge power tool
batteries. When used under low voltage conditions, the chargers can
overheat. This poses a fire hazard.
CPSC and Milwaukee Electric Tool have received six reports of the chargers
overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported involving
The recall includes Power Plus automotive chargers and Impact wrench kits
containing these chargers. A label on the front of the charger reads,
"Milwaukee...POWER-PLUS 9.6 Volt - 18 Volt AUTOMOTIVE CHARGERS." A nameplate
on the back of the charger lists the catalog number. Impact wrench kits
containing these chargers have serial numbers within the range listed below.
The serial number is located on the side of the Impact wrench kit.
Catalog Numbers Serial Numbers
Charger 48-59-0184 All Serial Range
Wrench Kit 9079-23 241A401520001 through 241A402080126
Home centers, hardware stores and industrial distributors sold these
chargers and wrench kits containing these chargers nationwide from March
2000 through April 2002. The chargers sold for about $115. The Impact wrench
kits containing these chargers sold for about $325.
Consumers should stop using the chargers immediately and return them to
their nearest Milwaukee factory service center or authorized power tool
service center. Consumers can choose from three options, an exchange for a
12, 14.4 or 18 volt battery pack, a replacement charger or a refund. For
further details about options, consumers can contact Milwaukee Electric Tool
at (800) 414-6527 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
Consumers can locate the nearest service center by visiting the firm's web
site at www.heavydutytool.com.