Amazon Recalls own brand battery chargers after 53 failures

Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

As the US Consumer Product Safety Commission explains, six versions of AmazonBasics' portable lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks can overheat and ignite, meaning the potential for both fire and burns.

A power bank is an external, portable battery that can be used to charge a USB-based device while away from an outlet.

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.

The units were sold by Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores, and Amazon Pop-Up Stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40. They are rubberized or metallic black and measure roughly 3-by-1.4-by-0.9 inches and carry the product ID numbers B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC, or B00ZQ4JQAA. The notice also mentions that around 260,000 units are affected.

You might want to pay attention if you purchased an AmazonBasics power bank over the last couple of years. The retailer is contacting known purchasers directly.

Amazon have issued a product recall for 6 models of their own brand AmazonBasics portable battery chargers after 53 reports of overheating failures including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage. It's recommending that they stop using the product immediately. It has already removed listings for these models from its website.

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