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Public Health Emerging Issues

March 2, 2021

 

BATTERIES IN ELECTROSTATIC SPRAYERS USED FOR DISINFECTION RECALLED

  • These sprayers are used to disinfect surfaces and increased in popularity with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Certain battery packs associated with the Victory Innovations and Protexus-brand electrostatic sprayers have been recalled due to safety concerns. 
  • The lithium-ion battery pack can overheat and melt, posing a risk of the product catching fire and/or exploding.
  • The Victory Innovations cordless sprayers have a green and white exterior. The Victory Innovations logo appears on the front or the side of the green and white sprayers and model VP-20A or VP-20B appears on the battery pack. 
  • The Protexus sprayer is black and white, the logo appears on the front or the side of the machine. PX20A or PX20B is printed on the battery back. 
  • Battery packs on recalled units have visible screw heads and a case with no parting lines. 
  • This equipment has been used to disinfect surfaces during local Norovirus outbreaks and could be currently used in various institutions for COVID-19 disinfection. 
  • All institutions that used the device for Norovirus disinfection have replaced the batteries. 
  • If you believe you have affected batteries, please discontinue use of the sprayer immediately and remove the battery. Contact the company for a replacement.

How to Identify Affected Battarries: Step 1 – Check the model number. the model number is displayed on the label located on the back of the battery. The following battery model numbers are affected by this recall:

 

  • VP-20A​
  • VP-20B
  • PX20A
  • PX20B

Step 2 – Check to see if the screw heads on the back of the battery are covered by rubber plugs.

  • If the screw heads are visible and not covered by the rubber plugs, then the battery is AFFECTED by this recall.
  • If the screw heads are covered by the rubber plugs, then the battery is NOT AFFECTED by this recall.

  Protect yourself and others, and do not throw your batteries in the trash. Properly dispose of ALL batteries and other hazardous waste at the Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 3071 Hwy. 50. For more information, visit http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/hazmat/. See the entire recall here:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2021/victory-innovations-recalls-electrostatic-sprayers-with-lithium-ion-battery-packs-due