One World Technologies of Anderson, SC, has recalled over 500,000 Ryobi-brand battery chargers manufactured by Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. of China, and sold in the U.S. The company is also recalling an additional 49,000 Ryobi-brand battery chargers sold in Canada.
According to One World, the battery chargers can malfunction, exposing consumers to burn and fire hazards. The company reports that it has received 25 reports of the recalled battery chargers overheating, resulting in damage to the charger as well as surrounding areas, such as workbenches, countertops and carpeting. However, there have been no reports of injuries.
The recalled battery chargers were sold at The Home Depot, Direct Tools Factory Outlet, and other retail stores nationwide and online from September 2007 through December 2009. The chargers were sold either individually or as part of a kit, and retailed for between $30 and $270.