Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Clarion Expands Recall of Vehicle Navigation and Entertainment System Batteries Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntaryrecall of the following consumer product.

Consumers should stop usingrecalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: N.I.C.E. P200 Navigation and Entertainment Systems
Units: About 1,500 additional units (about 2,500 were recalled inDecember 2006)
Distributor: Clarion Corp. of America, of Cypress, Calif.
Manufacturer: Kiryung Electronics of Seoul, South Korea
Hazard: The lithium-ion batteries in these units can melt or overheatposing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Clarion has received 15 reports of the units meltingor overheating. No injuries have been reported. Description: The N.I.C.E. P200 is a black portable navigation andentertainment device that can be attached to a vehicle's windshield. Thedevice has a 4-inch touch screen LCD monitor and contains one lithiumbattery.

"Clarion" and "N.I.C.E. P200" are printed on the device."Clarion NAVBATTERY" is printed on the battery. The recall includes anyN.I.C.E. P200 in which batteries were previously replaced. Sold at: Car audio and mobile electronics stores nationwide from May2006 through August 2007 for a suggested retail price of $800.

Manufactured in: South Korea Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediatelyand contact Clarion Corp. for a full refund, information on returningthe product, and a postage paid envelope to return the product.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Clarion Corp. at (800)347-8667 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, email parts@clarion.com, or visit the firm's Web site at www.clarion.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protectingthe public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from morethan 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidentscost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committedto protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire,electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. TheCPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys,cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate ofdeaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC'shotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, orvisit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC emailsubscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumerscan obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site atwww.cpsc.gov.

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