Electrical devices that pose hazards to users, whether they are defective industrial products or consumer products, are among the most dangerous of all recalled product. In addition to the shock hazard they oftentimes pose, they may also pose a hazard of fire and burns. Such is the case with two products that have recently been recalled from the market by manufacturers.
The Nikon Digital SLR battery packs with the lot numbers E and F from the EN-EL 15 line have been recalled. These are lithium ion batteries that are used to power several models of cameras. The lot number will be found as the ninth character of the lot number located on the back of the device.
These devices were sold by many different retailers, complicating the process of recalling them. They were sold with the digital SLR cameras for which they are designed.
These battery packs were found to have a defect that could cause them to short circuit and heat up. They may also melt, posing an additional hazard. There were seven reports of the battery packs overheating. All of the instances occurred outside of the US and no one was reported to have been injured in any of the instances.
Family Dollar Stores issued a recall notice for its 200 Mini Lights and Multi Lights, Green Wire products. These have the SKU #2211428 printed on them and have the UL listing #E346525 on their cords. They retailed for $8 at Family Dollar stores from September 2011 to December 2011.
There have been reports of these lights overheating, though no injuries have been reported and no one’s property was reported to have been destroyed as a result. The products do pose a hazard of shock and fire, however, and should not be used. They can be returned to Family Dollar for a full refund of the original purchase price.
There is some unavoidable risk when using any electrical product, but the products on the market do have to conform to safety standards. If they do not and you end up suffering damage to your person or your property, you may want to consider talking to a product liability lawyer about the matter. You may be able to get reimbursed for your damages by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer and, if the damage is severe, the sum you receive could potentially be a large one.