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Electrolux Cordless Stick Vacuums Recalled Due to Bursting Batteries

Mar 30, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

About 320,000 Electrolux Cordless Stick Vacuums have been recalled by Electrolux Home Care Products Inc., of Bloomington, Illinois.  The Electrolux Cordless Stick Vacuum’s battery can expand and burst, which poses a risk of injury to the user and bystanders, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

Electrolux Home Care Products has received 34 reports of incidents in the United States involving damage to the vacuum and surrounding property.  There have been two reports of minor injuries, including swollen hands and irritation to the eyes from contact with battery powder.

In response, Electrolux Home Care Products is recalling its Ergorapido, Pronto, and Precision 2-in-1 cordless stick vacuums with a detachable hand vacuum and free-standing charger.  Units involved in the recall have 9.6-volts printed on a serial plate on the underside of the handheld unit, and the following serial numbers:  074000001 through 085100001 and 74000001 through 85100001.  The recalled Electrolux 2-in-1 cordless stick vacuums were manufactured in China.

The following models/model names are involved in the recall:

  • EL1000A:  Pronto
  • EL1000B:  Pronto
  • EL1000BX:  Pronto
  • EL1000BZ:  Pronto
  • PE1000B:  Precision
  • EL1005A:  Ergorapido
  • EL1006A:  Ergorapido

The recalled Electrolux Vacuums were sold at major and independent retailers nationwide from November 2007 through March 2009 and retailed for about $100.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately unplug and stop using the recalled vacuums and contact Electrolux for a free replacement of the handheld portion of the recalled vacuum, which contains the batteries. Electrolux Home Care Products can be reached toll-free at 1-800-932-1778 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Central Time Saturday and Sunday.  Consumers can also visit the firm’s Website at www.stickvacrecall.com.

Meanwhile, Canadian media is reporting that a woman there received third-degree burns to her left palm after the vacuum’s battery burst.  According to CBC News in Canada, the woman’s physicians told her it could take up to one year for her to recover from her injuries.  CBC News said that the force of the explosion was so strong it changed the shape of the ring the woman was wearing and embedded a piece of the vacuum into the wall.  CBC News reported that, in Canada, the recalled Electrolux vacuums were sold at Costco, Canadian Tire, the Bay, and Sears stores.  There have been five incidents of damage to vacuums and property in Canada.


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