Electric outboard motor maker issues rechargeable battery safety warning

GILCHING, Germany (LOG News Service)—Torqeedo GmbH, Gilching, has issued a safety warning related to a possible safety risk in connection with the rechargeable batteries used with two models of its portable electric outboard motors.

In a release the company warned because there is the possibility of a leak in the battery housing in the two models it cannot be ruled out that water can penetrate into the battery housing.

The company warned, “if water penetrates into the housing, it may cause a chemical reaction inside the battery case under unfavorable conditions, resulting in fire and/or bursting of the battery housing.”

Torqeedo is requesting owners of its “Travel” model electric motors with serial numbers 1001 to 1752 and its “Ultralight” model with serial numbers from 1117 to 1826 register via its website www.torqeedo.com/safety.

A company spokesman said that after registration, customers are informed promptly which service centre will be used to check the battery. The batteries will be checked at the service center and – if necessary – repaired at no cost to the customer.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and thank them in advance for their understanding of the implementation of this safety measure. This approach is very important to us because we are committed to providing our customers with products of the highest quality and safety,” explains Christoph Ballin, Managing Director of Torqeedo

In a statement on its website Torqeedo said that its sells battery operated outboard and inboard electric motors ranging from 1 to 80 horsepower in more than 50 countries around the world.

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