Call for Stopping Use of Third-Party Battery Packs for Cordless Vacuum Cleaners Imported by Sumitomo Shoten and Rowa Japan
*Very dangerous: they may catch fire even while being stored and not charging*
October 29, 2021
The product may catch fire even while being stored, so please do not throw it away, and store it in a safe manner. Collection, disposal methods, and other details will be verified with the concerned parties and announced at a later date.
1. Product verification method
Please check the labeling on your battery pack to determine if it is the model found to have caused fires. If it is, the name of the importer (Orange Line DC60 or ROWA JAPAN DC62) should be written as shown below.
Reference 1: Photos of the defective products found to have caused fires
Reference 2: Accident examples
2. If you have this product
Investigations by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) confirmed today (October 29) that the battery packs' PCBs heat up and can catch fire even while being stored and not charging, which makes them extremely dangerous products.
For this reason, stop using it immediately and do not charge it. In addition, until the disposal method, etc. is determined, please store it in a metal container (such as a pot or empty can) and keep it away from anything burnable, in order to prevent extensive damage should it catch fire.
Reference:Situations when accidents occurred, developments leading to the recall, and an outline of the issue
From this April to September, there were seven serious product-related accidents involving third-party battery packs for Dyson vacuum cleaners imported by Sumitomo Shoten. The company started recalling the product on August 16, but went bankrupt on October 5. (The company recalled the product until October 19). Since then, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been using its website (in Japanese) to call on consumers to dispose of the batteries.
Two more serious product-related accidents occurred in this July and September, involving third-party battery packs for Dyson vacuum cleaners imported by Rowa Japan. The company has started recalling the product October 1.
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Division in Charge
Product Accident Information and Analysis Office, Product Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group