Coby Electronics Corp., of Lake Success, New York, has recalled about 32,600 rechargeable batteries sold with Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Players. Thirteen thousand were recalled in October 2008 and 19,600 were recalled in October 2009. The rechargeable batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Coby Electronics has received 22 reports of the battery overheating. Eighteen additional incidents of the battery overheating in the TF-DVD 1020 model have been reported, 17 of which resulted in property damage ranging from minor up to $9,650. No additional incidents have been reported for the TF-DVD 8501 model. The recall involves Coby DVD/CD/MP3 players with product numbers TF-DVD 1020 and TF-DVD 8501. “Coby” is printed on the front cover and the product number is on the bottom of the unit.
The DVD players were sold at discount, electronics, music, toy and office supply stores and distributors of electronic products nationwide. The TF-DVD 1020 units were sold from May 2007 through July 2008 for about $168.The TF-DVD 8501 units were sold from January 2007 through September 2009 for between $140 and $275. Consumers should immediately stop using the players with the recalled batteries and contact Coby to arrange for a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled batteries from the unit, consumers can continue to use it with the AC or DC power adapter. For additional information, contact Coby Electronics toll-free at (866) 945-2629 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.cobyusa.com.
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