Clarion Recalls Vehicle Navigation and Entertainment System Batteries Due to Burn and Fire Hazards


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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2006 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

 

  Name of Product: Batteries in Clarion N.I.C.E. P200 Navigation and
  Entertainment Systems

  Units: About 2,500

  Distributor: Clarion Corporation of America, of Cypress, Calif.

  Manufacturer: Kiryung Electronics of Seoul, South Korea

  Hazard: The lithium-ion batteries in these units can melt or overheat
  posing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

  Incidents/Injuries: Clarion has received four reports of the unit melting
  or overheating. No injuries have been reported.

  Description: The N.I.C.E. P200 is a black portable navigation and
  entertainment device that can be attached to a vehicle's windshield.  The
  device has a 4-inch touch screen LCD monitor and contains one lithium
  battery.  "Clarion" and "N.I.C.E. P200" are printed on the device.
  "Clarion NAVBATTERY," "Rechargeable Li-Polymer Battery," and "Made in
  Korea" are printed on the battery. Only N.I.C.E. P200 units with serial
  numbers ending in "UE" or "UF" are affected by this recall.  The serial
  number is located on a white label on the back of the device.

  Sold at: Car audio and mobile electronics stores from May 2006 through
  December 2006 for about $900.

  Manufactured in: South Korea

  Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and
  contact Clarion Corp. to receive a free replacement battery and a
  postage-paid envelope to return the recalled battery.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Clarion Corp. at (800) 347-8667 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.clarion.com/.

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 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 Recall Hotline: (800) 347-8667
  CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
  CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
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