June 19, 2009

SmartSpark battery equalizers recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of SmartSpark battery equalizers due to a fire hazard.

The company has received one report of an equalizer overheating, which resulted in a fire. No injuries were reported, the commission said in a statement.

About 800 of the BattEQ Battery Equalizers made by SmartSpark Energy Systems Inc., of Champaign, Ill, were sold nationwide from July 2006 through March 2009 for about $300.

The units are designed to extend the life of rechargeable batteries.

Consumers were advised to stop using the recalled equalizers and contact SmartSpark for a full refund.

Consumers can call 800-905-6137 for information.