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Petzl Headlamps Pose Risk of Burns and Injury

Product Should not be Used with Rechargeable Batteries

Petzl America in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a safety alert for approximately 330,000 MYO and MYO Belt headlamps. If the headlamp is used with rechargeable batteries, the cable connecting the battery pack to the lamp can spark, melt, or catch fire. This poses a burn hazard to consumers.

Petzl has received 13 reports of sparking and/or melting, with 2 reports of flames. One consumer received a minor burn to the hand, and another experienced singed hair.

The "MYO" headlamps have a battery pack attached to the headband. The "MYO Belt" headlamps have a remote battery pack attached to the headlamp via a long electric cable. In total, 15 models are involved in the safety alert.

The headlamps were sold at specialty retailers nationwide from February 2003 through August 2008 for between $40 and $80.

SEPT-18-08: Petzl America Warns of Burn Hazard from Headlamps [CPSC: SAFETY ALERT FOR PETZLE HEADLAMPS]

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Published on Sep-18-08


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