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Pedego recalls electric bicycle batteries due to fire hazard

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The popular electric bicycle brand, Pedego, has issued a recall for its batteries.

About 5,000 Lithium ion rechargeable batteries were recalled due to the possibility of overheating, which poses a fire hazard, according to the recall.

The batteries should be replaced.

Consumers should immediately remove the battery from the bike and contact Pedego for a free replacement battery.

Consumer Contact: Pedego Electric Bikes toll-free at (888) 870-9754 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, email info@batteryrecall2015.com, or online at www.pedegoelectricbikes.com and click on "Voluntary Battery Recall" for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 5,000

Description: This recall involves 36-volt and 48-volt lithium ion rechargeable batteries sold separately and as original equipment with Pedego electric bikes. Recalled batteries of each voltage came in two styles. One style has a silver or black metal case that measures about 13 ½ inches long, 6 ½ inches wide and 2 ½ inches high, with black plastic end caps and a handle. The other style has a black or white plastic case that measures about 14 inches long, 6 ½ inches wide and 2 ½ inches high with a red indicator lamp on one end. The batteries have serial numbers that start with “DLG.” A label with the serial number is on one side of the metal batteries and on the underside of the plastic batteries.

Incidents/Injuries: Pedego has received six reports of batteries overheating and catching fire, including one report of property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Bicycle stores and electric bike retailers and online at www.pedegoelectricbikes.com from January 2010 through September 2013. The batteries were sold separately for about $600 to $900 and on electric bicycles that sold for between $2,000 and $3,000.

Manufacturer/Importer/Distributor: Pedego Inc., of Irvine, Calif.

Manufactured in: China.

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