Why Were Ryobi 18V Batteries Recalled?

Ryobi lithium-ion 18V battery packs were recalled on February 26, 2013 because the battery packs can overheat and burst while being charged, posing a fire and burn risk. At the time of the recall, consumers reported four incidents involving the battery packs overheating and causing minor property damage.

The recall involves Ryobi lithium-ion 18V battery packs with model P108 and part number 130429028. The model and part numbers are located on a plate at the bottom of the battery pack. The affected battery packs are green, silver and black and have the words "Ryobi" and "Lithium+18V" printed in white on both sides. People who purchased a recalled battery pack should immediately remove it from the charger and stop using it. One World Technologies provides free shipping and repair of the recalled Ryobi battery packs.

Ryobi lithium-ion 18V battery packs were sold at Home Depot stores and other retailers from September 2012 to December 2012. Approximately 54,200 battery packs were sold in the United States during this time, and about 2,200 were sold in Canada. The recalled product cost about $99. Consumers wishing to report incidents related to the recalled Ryobi battery packs should contact the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.