First the Wii remote straps, then Rage Wireless guitars, and now charging stations? As of August 11th 2009, Griffin International is recalling over 200,000 of these peripherals. The following is information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Wii™ Battery Recharge Stations Recalled by Griffin International Due to Burn and Fire Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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: Psyclone Essentials and React Wii™ 4-Dock Battery Recharge Stations
Units: About 220,000
Distributor: Griffin International Cos., Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn.
Hazard: The battery pack can overheat, posing a burn or fire hazard to the consumer.
Incidents/Injuries: Six incidents of overheating have been reported to the firm. Two consumers reported minor burns to the hand.
Description: The Wii 4-Dock Recharge Station includes a white docking station with four recharge stations and a four rechargeable battery pack. Brand names are on the front of the packaging and the model numbers, Psyclone (PSE6501) and React (RT530), can be found on the bottom side of the product.
Sold at: The Psyclone Essentials brand was sold at Target, Toys R Us and Amazon.com nationwide; React was sold at Best Buy stores nationwide. Both were sold from January 2008 through July 2009 for about $50.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recharge stations and contact Griffin International to obtain information on how to return the product and receive a free replacement.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Griffin International toll free at 888-344-4702 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday-Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this Web site www.psyclonegamer.com/Wii4Dock