Milwaukee Electric Tool Battery Packs Recalled

July 15, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. announced that about 1 million batteries used with Milwaukee Power tools are being recalled because they can explode. If a vent on the battery cell is damaged or compromised during use, the battery can explode and pose a laceration hazard to consumers.

The company has received 35 reports of incidents, including 11 injuries from battery packs exploding while in use. Injuries include minor cuts, bruises and some hearing loss. The recalled batteries are used to power drills, saws, radios, flashlights, wrenches and Extractor windshield glass removers. The recall includes 14.4 and 18V 2.4 Ah NiCd Milwaukee Power Plus, Chicago Pneumatic, and Extractor battery packs manufactured between July 1999 and February 2004.

The brand name can be found on a label on most battery packs. However, some 14.4V 2.4Ah packs did not have "Power Plus" on the label. The battery packs were sold both with tool kits and as individual battery packs. Battery packs manufactured after February 2004 are not included in this recall.

The battery packs, manufactured in Mexico, were sold by home centers, hardware stores, industrial distributors and vehicle service distributors nationwide from July 1999 through 2005.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs. Consumers should contact the company to determine if they have one of the recalled batteries. The company will provide a free replacement battery pack for consumers with recalled units.