September 12, 2002Chargetek Has Recalled Battery
- Chargetek Inc. has recalled
about 200 CT-2000 battery chargers used with recreational vehicles, such as
boats. A manufacturing defect inside the charger can cause overheating of
internal connections or external wiring, presenting a fire hazard.
Chargetek has received three reports of fires involving the CT- 2000. The
fires were contained to the charger with minor soot damage to nearby
materials. No injuries have been reported.
The chargers were made in the USA and the words "Chargetek CT2000" are
printed across the front of the charger's black housing. Indicator lights
for charge mode, battery polarity and charge current are also located on the
front. Wires for the AC power and three batteries extend from the bottom of
the unit. Only models with a serial number in the range of 030260 to 030603
and/or a day code between "Jan 01 2001" and "June 30 2002" are included in
the recall. The serial number is written on the top of the charger and the
day code is stamped on the bottom.
Specialty product dealers sold the chargers nationwide from January 1998 to
June 2002 for between $220 and $260.
Consumers should stop using and disconnect the AC power and the batteries
from the chargers immediately. To arrange for a free replacement, consumers
should contact Chargetek at (888) 453-4135 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT
Monday through Friday. For more information, consumers can visit the firm's
web site at www.chargetek.com.