Rapala® Rechargeable Fillet Knives Recalled Due Battery Fire Burn Injuries
CPSC – According to several news sources and gearjunkie.com, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall notice for around 128,000 Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knives. The recall was initiated following reports of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery catching on fire or exploding. When a lithium-ion battery catches on fire or explodes, people may sustain injuries, burns, and costly property damage to their home.
The Finnish fishing lures and fishing accessories company is warning purchasers that the lithium-ion battery on certain models may overheat and start a fire. Rapala is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to voluntarily recall its defective rechargeable fillet knives because of the serious fire hazard.
The company stated that they had received several reports of the lithium-ion batteries in older Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knives catching fire as the knives were being recharged using charging devices that were not furnished with the knife.
So far, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received about 12 cases of batteries “overheating and catching fire.” However, Rapala and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have not received reports of injuries. However, the public is generally not aware of the procedure to report defective product injuries or that they may be able to file a claim to recover compensation for injuries and other damages caused by defective products.
How to Identify if You Have a Recalled Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knife
This recall involves Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knives that do not have a white “ETL” label lithium battery. Customers can find the “ETL” label by opening up the battery compartment on the knife and removing the battery. The affected Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knife handle is black and gray and has a Rapala logo printed in red and the word “ION” printed in white.
The Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knives were sold online and at Bass Pro Shops, Fleet Farm, Cabela’s, and other sporting goods stores throughout the United States from March 2011 until December 2018. For additional information about the product recall and to receive a replacement battery, simply visit Rapala’s recall page. Rapala will replace the lithium-batteries on all affected models. The CPSC and Rapala ask purchasers to discontinue use until the defective battery has been replaced.
If you or a loved one has been injured or burned by this recalled Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knife, you may be able to file a claim and receive monetary compensation for your injuries and other related damages.
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