MAKITA NOTIFIES TOOL USERS OF THE HAZARDS AND RISKS OF USING NON-GENUINE MAKITA LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
La Mirada, CA – Makita, a worldwide manufacturer of technologically advanced power tools that includes the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V lithium-ion slide-style battery, is delivering a clear message to power tool users and dealers regarding the hazards and risks of non-genuine “knock-off” Makita Lithium-Ion batteries: Don’t do it.
“Makita has been the innovation leader in 18 volt Lithium-Ion cordless tool technology since 2005, and each day Makita cordless tools go to work on jobsites and in workshops across the USA and around the world,” said Ken Hefley, senior vice president, marketing. “Unfortunately, innovation and leadership breed imitation. Therefore, we are communicating to tool users and dealers about the hazards and risks of using non-genuine “knock-off” Makita Lithium-Ion batteries.”
Makita’s message is clear: by using a non-genuine “knock-off” Makita Lithium-Ion battery, users immediately void the Makita warranty on the tool used with the “knock-off” battery. Other possible consequences of using non-genuine Makita batteries include the risk of battery bursting that may result in fires, personal injury, or property damage. Additional risks include possible fire damage to the tool, the battery and/or the charger, as well as unknown tool performance.
Official Statement from Makita U.S.A., Inc.
Below is the Makita U.S.A. Official Statement regarding the use of non-genuine Makita Lithium-Ion batteries.