If a vent on the battery cell is damaged or compromised during use, the battery can explode and pose a laceration hazard to consumers. Milwaukee has received 35 reports of incidents, including 11 injuries.
The recalled batteries are used to power drills, saws, radios, flashlights, wrenches and Extractor windshield glass removers. They were manufactured between July 1999 and February 2004. The brand name can be found on a label on most battery packs.
The battery packs were sold both with tool kits and as individual battery packs.
They were sold by home centers, hardware stores, industrial distributors and vehicle service distributors nationwide from July 1999 through 2005.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs. Consumers should contact Milwaukee at (800) 729-3878 between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.milwaukeetool.com