CPSC, Belkin Announce Recall of Batteries Sold with Bluetooth™ GPS Navigation SystemJun 21, 2005 | www.cpsc.gov The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Customers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Li-Polymer battery pack sold with Bluetooth™ Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation System
Units: About 10,300
Distributor: Belkin Corporation of Compton, Calif.
Hazard: The battery can overheat, expand, and possibly rupture, creating an explosion or fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Belkin reports 15 incidents of batteries overheating and expanding. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: The recall involves Li-Polymer battery packs sold with Belkin Bluetooth™ GPS Navigation System models F8T051 and F8T051-DL. The GPS model number can be found on a label on the bottom of the unit. “Part No.: 300-203712001” and Model No.: AE-8210” are written on the side of the battery.
Sold By: The Belkin Web site, other Web retailers and computer and electronics stores sold the GPS device with recalled batteries nationwide from November 2003 through February 2005 for about $400.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers stop using the GPS product immediately and contact Belkin for information on receiving a free replacement battery.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Belkin toll-free at (800) 223-5546 ext. 2064 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.belkin.com