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Updated Recall: Portable DVD player batteries


On 2010-11-15, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an updated recall regarding Portable DVD player batteries due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2002 for about $340.00 to $490.00. It was originally recalled on 2005-03-23.

Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 6 million product units.

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Portable DVD player batteries
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: (866) 670-4844

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What is the problem?

The battery can overheat and explode while recharging, posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers.

How can I tell if I own this product?

Only batteries used with the RCA portable DVD players with model number DRC600N are being recalled. The DRC600N model DVD player with the battery attached is about 7-inches wide, 5-inches deep, and 2-inches high. The cabinet housing is plastic, except for a metal skin on the top of the player. The metal skin is silver colored, and the rest of the DVD player is tan or dark gray. The logo RCA LiFE, along with the words DVD VIDEO are printed on the top of the DVD Player. The battery attaches to the bottom of the DVD player.

These items were sold new+ at Electronic and department stores nationwide from September 2002 through July 2003 for between $340 and $490.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should stop using and stop recharging the battery immediately and contact Thomson Inc. for a free replacement battery. The portable DVD player is not being recalled, and consumers can continue to use it without the battery until they receive a replacement battery. The player can be used with the AC Power Adapter by simply unplugging the battery from the unit and plugging the AC Power Adapter into the 9-volt jack on the unit.

Contact Thomson Inc. at (866) 670-4844 anytime. Consumers also can contact the company by mail at Thomson Inc., RCA Portable DVD Battery Recall, P.O. Box 1976, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1976. Please do not send products or batteries to this address.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

Thomson Inc. has received 11 reports of batteries overheating and five reports of batteries exploding. There are two reports of consumers suffering burned fingers from picking up a battery after it overheated.

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