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Modular Robotics recalls rechargeable battery packs

The battery packs can short circuit, causing them to overheat

Modular Robotics of Boulder, Colo., and Dexter Industries of Restin, W.Va., are recalling about 2,400 rechargeable battery packs.

The battery packs can short circuit, causing them to overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Modular Robotics has received four reports of the rechargeable battery packs smoking and overheating. No injuries have been reported.

This battery pack is a 9.6V 2000Ah NiMH battery pack with Max Charge Current 2A and is wrapped in black plastic.

It was sold individually, and also within Classroom Kits and GoPiGo and BrickPi robotic bundles.

“Dexter Industries Rechargeable Battery Pack” is printed on a white label on the battery pack.

The battery packs, manufactured in China, was sold online at Dexterindustries.com from March 2018, through January 2020, for about $38.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the rechargeable battery packs, contact Modular Robotics for a free replacement battery pack, and safely dispose of the defective product by following local laws for disposal of the batteries.

Consumers may contact Modular Robotics toll-free 24 hour hotline at (877) 233-6859, or visit the firm’s website at www.dexterindustries.com and click on “Recall: Rechargeable Battery Packs” in the middle of the page for more information.

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