Middleton, WI - May 1, 2013
Rayovac® Improves Lithium Coin Battery Packaging; Safety a Top Priority
The dangers of swallowing lithium coin batteries are all too real when it comes to young children and their common habit of putting small items into their mouths. That’s why Rayovac®, a worldwide leader in battery power and innovation, has created new robust packaging for its coin-sized batteries. This innovative packaging can deter children from accessing the batteries.
Rayovac is a leader in battery packaging innovation, and its new battery packaging makes child-safety a top priority. As the use of lithium coin cells to power devices such as remote controls, talking greeting cards and other small electronic devices around the home has increased in recent years, so have the number of serious lithium coin-cell ingestions. While only a small percentage of overall coin cell ingestion cases involve batteries that came directly from the packaging1, Rayovac continues to increase awareness by implementing further changes to the packaging of these batteries.
Changes include a warning icon and more prominent warning copy on the front and back side of the battery package to inform consumers of the hazards associated with coin cell battery ingestion. Later in 2013, Rayovac will start shipping coin-cell batteries that are imprinted with a child safety warning so awareness and education continue after the packaging is discarded.
Further enhancements include an improved packaging structure that helps to prevent accidental ingestions. The new coin cell package traps the plastic blister that holds the battery between two cards. Now a pair of scissors is required to access the battery. For multi-packs, each cell is individually sealed requiring the consumer to cut out each battery individually with a pair of scissors when ready to use. “Efforts to enhance our packaging structure and safety warnings have made it far less likely that our coin cell batteries will end up in the hands and mouths of children,” said Jim Heidenreich, Rayovac General Manager, North American Batteries. “Taking the time to increase safety measures and raise awareness of the hazards of lithium coin cells is something we take pride in.”
Also available to consumers is the new Rayovac Specialty Battery webpage that was launched in the Spring of 2012. This page is dedicated to providing consumers with important facts and relevant information regarding coin cell batteries.
1Preventing Battery Ingestion: An Analysis of 8648 Cases. Toby Litovitz, Nicole Whitaker and Lynn Clark. Pediatrics; Originally Published Online May 24, 2010. DOI 10.1542/peds.2009-3038