Amazon.com Inc has recalled some of its portable chargers in the United States following reports of overheating and fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Tuesday.
The watchdog for safety and quality of consumer products in the United States said about 260,000 units of six kinds of power banks – manufactured in China by Guoguang Electric Co Ltd for Amazon’s ‘Basics’ lineup – were part of the recall.
Amazon has received 53 reports of these power banks overheating, which include incidents of battery acid burns and property damage from fire.
About 260,000 units of six kinds of power banks – manufactured in China by Guoguang Electric Co Ltd for Amazon’s ‘Basics’ lineup – were part of the recall. This includes the model with B000LRK8EVO printed on the back (shown)
The CPSC statement added that Amazon is in contact with users who have purchased these items.
Amazon was not immediately available for comment.
The recall includes six Amazon Basics’ portable lithium-ion power banks: 16,100 mAh, 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable, 3,000 mAh, and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable.
These are the black, rubberized or metallic portable chargers with one of the following ID numbers printed on back: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA.
According to CPSC, anyone who owns one of the devices should disconnect it right away.
‘Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return the unit and receive a full refund,’ CPSC warned.
‘All known purchasers are being contacted directly by the firm.’
Amazon customers seeking a refund for one of the affected products can fill out the form here.