27th Century Technology Launches Campaign to Warn Consumers of Faulty Power Wheels Batteries

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27th Century Technology CEO Neil Chernoff is warning consumers that Power Wheels batteries are potentially dangerous.

We need to stop Mattel/Fisher-Price, Walmart and Toy's R Us from continuing to sell unsafe products.

Neil J. Chernoff, the chairman/CEO of 27th Century Technology, has announced the launch of a campaign to warn consumers about faulty Power Wheels batteries. Chernoff was personally responsible for going to the CPSC in July 1995 to discuss several serious safety concerns. According to Chernoff, “Although there was a recall on October 22, 1998, the batteries have never been fixed properly. They have the additional defects of undersized wiring, and a 12 volt battery that allows too much energy to go through the undersized wiring, and a battery charger that has no shut-off circuit.” For more information, watch here.

According to the recall notice from October 22, 1998, “CPSC and Fisher-Price have received approximately 700 reports of electrical components failing and overheating while the cars and trucks were being ridden, charged, parked or stored. About 150 fires have been reported. Nine children suffered minor burns to the hands, legs or feet, and up to $300,000 in property damage to 22 houses and garages have been reported.”

Chernoff says, “While the original recall applied only to Power Wheels sold before October, 1998, the current battery charger still has no cut-off circuit, and paperwork with the car instructs the user to charge the battery no less than 14 hours and no more than 30 hours. The battery's electrolyte that makes the electricity to charge the battery is sulfuric acid and should never be undercharged or overcharged. But, since you cannot tell what the battery's energy level is, there is no way to tell how long to charge it. If the battery is overcharged or sits idle while the energy runs through the undersized wiring it could catch fire or explode, causing serious injury to a child or burn down a house.”

27th Century Technologies has been trying to get the CPSC to recall the batteries again and needs the help of the public. “The reason we are doing this press release now is to stop Mattel/Fisher-Price, Walmart, and Toys R Us from continuing to sell unsafe products. It should be quite clear that the Power Wheel kiddie cars should be recalled,” says Chernoff.

If you or someone you know has been injured, or had a fire on their property, please contact Neil Chernoff at e27thcentury(at)gmail(dot)com, 27th Century Technologies, 503 Rokeby Dr, Woodstock, GA 30188.

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