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Recalls this week include faulty battery charges, hooded jackets, and ceiling light boxes

More than 600,000 faulty battery chargers for power tools were recalled this week because they pose a fire hazard. Other recalled products include hooded jackets and ceiling light boxes.

Here’s a more detailed look:

BATTERY CHARGERS

DETAILS: Ryobi P113 dual chemistry battery chargers for portable power tool batteries. Battery chargers included in this recall are green and grey and have “Ryobi” in white letters on the front. The model number and date code are on the bottom of the charger. Model P113 chargers with year/week (YY/WW) date codes between 0731-0852, without a 9-digit part number, are included in the recall. They were sold from September 2007 to December 2009.

WHY: The chargers can malfunction, putting users at risk of burns and fires.

INCIDENTS: 25 reports of the P113 charger overheating, resulting in reports of property damage to the charger and its surroundings such as workbenches, countertops, and carpets.

HOW MANY: About 578,000 in the U.S and 49,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call One World Technologies at 800-597-9624 or visit www.ryobitools.com and click on Important Safety Information at the bottom of the page for more information.

CEILING LIGHT BOXES

DETAILS: Five models of Cooper Crouse-Hinds non-metallic, polycarbonate ceiling boxes used with ceiling lights. They have manufacturer or part numbers TP16002, TP16022, TP16023, TP16122 and TP16307. The black, round ceiling boxes are 1.5 to 2.25 inches deep and measure between 3.5 and 4 inches in diameter. “CROUSE-HINDS” and “14.8 CU. IN” or “20.8 CU. IN.” appear inside the box. The part number is on the product’s packaging. They were sold from December 2012 to April 2013.

WHY: The ceiling box can crack and cause the light fixture to fall from the ceiling.

INCIDENTS: One ceiling box cracking. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 22,400.

FOR MORE: Call Cooper Crouse-Hinds at 866-764-5454 or visit www.crousehinds.com and click on Safety Recall under Quick Links on the right of the page for more information.

HOODED JACKETS

DETAILS: Vans’ AV Edict hooded jackets for boys. “Vans” is printed on a tab above the jacket’s left front pocket. An “AV” logo is embroidered in black beneath the lower right pocket and also appears on the jacket’s snaps. “Vans,” ”OFF THE WALL” and an “AV” logo are sewn on a label inside the jacket. They were sold at Vans stores nationwide and online at vans.com from September 2012 through September 2013.

WHY: The jackets have drawstrings in the hood around the neck area that pose a strangulation hazard to young children.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 2,400.

FOR MORE: Call Vans at 800-817-0618 anytime or visit www.vans.com and click on Recall Info at the top left of the page for more information.