RECALL: Faulty jumpstarting kits can catch alight

If you have recently purchased a Projecta jumpstarter kit, you need to check the series number as a nationwide recall has been issued.

Brown & Watson International Pty Ltd (BWI) in Australia and Narva New Zealand are recalling the Projecta IS900E and IS1200E series Jumpstarter packs.

There are reports of the battery overheating after jumpstarting a vehicle and, in some cases, catching alight.


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The company is investigating and at this stage there have been no reported injuries.

“The safety and wellbeing of customers is our number one priority and as a result the company has decided to take this action,” Bob Pattison, BWI Chief Executive Officer, said.

“BWI is currently investigating the cause of the issue and will not be returning the product to the shelves until the problem has been fixed,” he added.

There are reports the batteries in Projecta jumpstarter packs are faulty. Image: Supplied

The IS900E and IS1200E are powered by a Lithium Cobalt (LiCo) battery and have been sold through various retailers and distributors since September 2016.

The third member of the Intelli-start series, the Projecta IS1500, is powered by a different battery pack (Lithium Iron Phosphate LiFePO4) and has not been affected by the overheating issue.

Consumers who have purchased one of these jumpstarter packs should stop using the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Alternatively, consumers in Australia may call the Australian Product Support Hotline on 1800 422 422 between 8am and 8pm, or visit the dedicated website.

For purchases made in New Zealand consumers may call the New Zealand Product Support Hotline on 0800 336 688.

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