Around 48,000 battery chargers are being recalled due to a defect that could lead to the user being electrocuted.
The recall, which concerns the Digital Concepts Compact Travel Charger, was announced by the Edison, New Jersey-based Sakar International. The item, which was created in China, has a piece of plastic holding in the screws. This plastic piece can break, loosening the screws and separating the casing of the item. If this happens, the user would be able to make contact with exposed and energized components. This poses a shock hazard.
To date, there have been no injuries of this nature reported, nor have there even been any reports of the incident taking place. Nevertheless, consumers are being advised to stop using the defective item, which will have an item number of CH-1600-S or CH-1600-RS. Radioshack, Cobra Digital, Ocean State Jobbers, and Lot-Less sold the item for around $10 between January of last year and February of this year. Consumers are being advised to get in touch with Sakar to receive a replacement charger.
I’m sorry as a San Jose personal injury lawyer to see an everyday household item pose a threat to safety. One would hope that manufacturers and distributors would take pains to ensure that every single piece of an item is fit for use by a consumer. As this recall illustrates, though, that’s not always the case. As a personal injury attorney in Sacramento, I urge everyone out there to take this recall seriously.