AmazonBasics Battery Packs Recalled for Fire Hazard

Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

E-commerce giant Amazon issued a voluntary recall Wednesday on several of its AmazonBasics-branded portable charging power banks, citing concerns over the devices overheating and melting and starting fires.

The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular, and measure about 3x1.4x0.9 inches (LxHxW).

The recall involves 260,000 power banks sold by, Amazon bookstores and Amazon pop-up stores nationwide between December 2014 and July 2017.

The recall affects six models of power bank, the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

AmazonBasics portable power bank, with product ID number B00LRK8I7O printed on the back of the unit.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday said the online retailer had received 53 complaints about the AmazonBasics portable chargers overheating, including one consumer burned by battery acid and four reports of property damage from fire and smoke.

All customers who purchased one of the recalled devices are being contacted by email directly by Amazon. It's recommending that they stop using the product immediately.

The company is obviously no longer selling the affected models. The emails also contain a one-time URL which lets the customer register their product and receive more details about returns and obtaining a refund for the defective product. It has already removed listings for these models from its website.

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