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Thomson Announces Recall of Portable DVD Player Batteries

(March 23, 2005)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturer named below, today announced voluntary recall of the following consumer products.  Consumers should stop using recalled product immediately unless otherwise instructed. 

Name of product: Portable DVD player batteries
Units: About 47,000 units
Manufacturer:  Thomson Inc., of Indianapolis, Ind.
Hazard:  The battery can overheat and explode while recharging, posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: 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.
Description:  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 71/2-inches wide, 51/2-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.
Manufactured in:  China
Sold at:  Electronic and department stores nationwide from September 2002 through July 2003 for between $340 and $490.
Remedy:  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.

Consumer Contact:  Contact Thomson Inc. at (800) 821-5875 anytime or visit the company's Web site at http://www.rca.com/recall.  Consumers      also can contact the company by mail at Thomson Inc., Portable DVD      Battery Recall, P.O. Box 1490, Durant, Okla. 74702-1490.  Please do not      send products or batteries to this address. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually.  The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

    To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.


     Firm's Hotline: (800) 821-5875

     CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772


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