Amazon recalls 260000 portable chargers due to fire hazard


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 report says the recall is being done in partnership with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, although a recall notice hasn't been posted to their website yet.

The models affected by this recall include the 2,000mAh, 3,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 10,000mAh, and 16,100mAh models with micro-USB cable. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far. The affected units post a fire hazard which is why they're being recalled.

The power banks were sold with or without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch.

Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the United States.

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The recall involves 260,000 power banks sold by, Amazon bookstores and Amazon pop-up stores nationwide between December 2014 and July 2017. All customers that have purchased an affected unit will be contacted and asked to register their product for a refund.

The recall covers a total of six AmazonBasics power bank models with the following ID numbers: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA.

Protected lithium-ion battery cells have been turned into relatively safe components and are found in plenty of common household electronics.

Consumers should unplug the chargers and contact Amazon for a full refund.