Vacuums recalled for battery defect

March 26, 2009 9:07:06 AM PDT
Cordless vacuums are being recalled after it was found the batteries could burst.Electrolux Home Care Products is recalling its cordless stick vacuum. Owners of about 320,000 Ergorapido, Pronto and Precision vacuums should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled vacuums and contact Electrolux for a free replacement of the handheld portion which contains the batteries.

The Bloomington Ill.-based company said the vacuum's battery can expand and burst, posing a risk of injury to the user and bystanders.

The Consumer Product Safety commission sayd Electrolux has received 34 reports of incidents in the U.S. involving damage to the vacuum and surrounding property. There have been two reports of minor injuries, including swollen hands and irritation to the eyes from contact with battery powder.

For more information, visit the CPSC Web site.