In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, NexTorch, Inc. announced in a news release Wednesday, that they are voluntarily recalling flashlight batteries due to a fire hazard, posing a burn risk to consumers.
According to the release, approximately 16,000 NexTorch NT123A flashlight batteries are subject to recall because the batteries can overheat and rupture, posing a risk of fire and burn to consumers. One complaint has been reported in which the batteries caught fire, leading to burns on the body, clothes and vehicle of the consumer.
The recalled batteries are NexTorch NT123A flashlight batteries that bear the trademark superscript, ®, as opposed to the registered trademark superscript, ®. The body of the battery is a silver, metallic color and displays the NesTorch logo and the battery’s voltage, 3V. The batteries are often sold packaged with NexTorch flashlights, and the batteries affected by the recall were sold in stores and online at firearms dealers, law enforcement supply stores, amazon.com and on nextorch.com. They were sold between July 2007 and July 2011 for about $2 per battery.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the batteries and to contact NexTorch for information on how to receive a free replacement.
I hope no one else has been harmed by using these batteries. As a Fresno personal injury lawyer, I encourage anyone who is using the batteries affected by the recall to cease doing so and arrange to have the batteries replaced.