About 4,160 Remote Control Systems for Entertainment Electronics have been recalled by the manufacturer, Niles Audio Corp., of Miami, Florida, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced.
If the battery falls from the remote control during handling, it can rupture and smoke or ignite, posing a fire hazard. To date, the company has received four reports of batteries falling from the remote control system during handling; one of the batteries ignited and singed a carpet and the other three smoked.
This Product Recall involves the Niles iRemoteTS and iC2 remote control systems. These are wireless remote control devices that are designed to operate audio, video, and home theater systems from a single remote control.
The iRemoteTS, which was manufactured in China, measures 5.4 by 6.2 by 1.25 inches. The Niles logo is featured in the top-left corner of the unit. The iC2 measures 5.2 by 3 by 7.5 inches. “iC2” and the Niles logo are printed on the front of the unit.
The Defective Product was sold at authorized dealers and distributors of audio/video equipment between January 2008 and September 2010 for about $1,300 for the iRemoteTS and $1,000 for the iC2.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the Recalled Product and contact Niles Audio to schedule an in-home repair to receive a replacement battery and a more secure battery cover. Consumers should not attempt to open the battery compartment. Niles Audio is directly contacting consumers who purchased the recalled remote control systems.
Consumers are also advised that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a
recalled consumer product.
Niles Audio can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.667.3991 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website.